Thank you, guys! This is encouraging. Now we just need to get our reservations in order.
My wife and I are visiting London for 5 days at the end of May. We are both foodies, and have on previous trips enjoyed places like Le Gavroche, Harwood Arms, Wild Honey, Corrigan's, St. John's, Maze etc. etc.
On this trip, there is a small complication: We became parents in January, and are travelling with our 5-month-old daughter. We will have to bring her with us in her carrycot wherever we go. On the plus side, she is usually reliable to stay quiet - both for lunch, and in the evenings when she is fast asleep.
I am looking for suggestions for places that both has good food (and preferrably decent wine lists), and that would be able to acommodate us bringing our little girl with us. We have been thinking that restaurants perhaps will be a little bit more easy going for lunch, so we are open to having this as our main meal of the day. Any suggestions would be welcome. Also, if anyone has experiences from dining with a baby, please share.
I guess formal Michelin starred places would definitely be out of the question, so cost is not really an issue. We are staying right by Trafalgar Square, and are used to the tube, so the whole city is of interest.
I'm delighted to help.
You'll definitely have an amazing time at Bagatelle with flawless food and excellent service. However, if you have dined at French 2* Michelin restaurants before, you may have a more unique experience at one of the other options.
Oscars Gate is a very small restaurant (seats 20) run by a group of young chefs with experience from top restaurants around the world (including El Bulli) with an excellent and very playful 8 course (+++) menu. They got their first Michelin star this year. NOK 1095 prix fixe.
Palace Grill is not for everyone, but it is definitely an Oslo staple, that has been true to its rock'n'roll gourmet concept for years. Informal, small and intimate dining room. The serving staff has a personality (be friendly to them, or they will not be friendly to you). You order the 10 course fixed menu, lean back and spend four hours in foodie heaven. No reservations, so show up early (no later than 6, earlier on Fridays and Saturdays). They do only one seating per night, so as soon as you have confirmed that you have a table, you can enjoy drinks in their bar next door until you're ready to eat. 850 prix fixe.
Mark-up on wine will also be significantly lower at these places compared to Bagatelle.
No matter where you go, I hope you will post a report afterwards.
Svalbard actually has an excellent gourmet restaurant called Huset. It has been recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine with a Best of Award of Excellence, and has a 20 000 bottle cellar. Svalbard is also exempt from Norwegian alcohol tax, so the price level is very friendly.
There are many good restaurants in Oslo, and as soon as you go a little upscale, food prices are not horrible compared to international standards. Prices for wine, though, are ridiculous.
Here are some of my favorites:
Fine dining (booking in advance is a must):
Affordable fine dining (book in advance):