To be honest, I didn’t expect anything when it comes to vegan food in Norway’s capital Oslo. I think I would be simply happy if I can find something vegan to eat. That’s why I was surprised when I found Nordvegan actually one of the best vegan restaurants in the whole Nordic region.
The restaurant is located conveniently close to the national gallery, where I guess everybody wants to get a glimpse of the famous “The Scream” by Edvard Munch (by the way, just so you know, this famous painting is not housed by the Munch museum, however, you can see another similar themed painting called “Despair” there, as well as other wonderful works.). The decoration follows the simple and elegant Nordic style design: bright and glassed walls towards the street; with theme color of white, gray and green; comfort table, chairs, sofa; wooden boarded wall; low hanging lamps. There is a small backyard that constitutes the outdoor dinning area, where you can combine table and chairs if you have a larger group. I found it comfortable, cosy, clean and modern. Definitely my type of modern vegan eatery!
The food can be ordered at the open counter. Currently there are three options. One is called Buddha’s Bowl for which you pick different types of vegetables, then it’s topped with sauce. Another is Daily Special, which I am guessing it might change from day to day? The third option is to choose a main dish, salad and topping, or a curry, rice/noodle and topping, with the options of adding a small bite (small sized snack), 45 kr per item.
We ordered the Daily Special which is a spicy burger. It consists of two soft sesame buns, a piece of lettuce leaves, a tomato slice, a juicy and chewy patty, fried mushrooms, alfalfa sprouts with mayonnaise. I really love the idea of the fried mushrooms, it made the burger so tasty! The sweet potato wedges that came with the burger tasted good but a little soft, as I like those to be a little more crispy, however the sauce was really good, which made the whole meal very enjoyable.
Another thing we tried was the Buddha’s Bowl. We chose the Udon noodles (since we don’t get to taste it so often), miso eggplant, purple cabbage, pickled turnips from Japan, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, pickled ginger, pickled pineapple, crunchy mushrooms chunks, cashew, sunflower seeds, alfalfa sprouts, topped with sweet and sour hoisin sauce. The dish was very healthy, light and tasty for the hot summer. It’s a high raw dish combing pickled or slightly cooked food, which made it overall delicious and balanced. It is obviously an fusion inspiration from Asian diet but you can only find in the West, heehee.
Overall, we liked the food and environment very much. If we ever visit Oslo again, Nordvegan is for sure our top 1 choice. I highly recommend anyone who is vegan, vegetarian, conscious eater or healthy eater to satisfy your appetite here.