My partner and I came to Nodee Sky, after being told it is one of the best restaurants in Oslo, and I have to agree! Even from the outside, Nodee Sky looks different and unique. There are 2 aspects, there is a bar area on the bottom floor of the building, with a more causal feel, and then 13 & 14 floors up is the fine dining area. We went for the more fine dining aspect this evening.
It was already a new experience as we stepped into the elevator that moves upward at a 70 degree angle. Felt like a roller coaster chugging up the big hill just before it reaches the top, was a little scary at first (the good kind of scary).
The host was there to greet us once we stepped off the elevator, and led us to our table. I had requested a table that was in a more private area, and they accommodated. The design of the restaurant was amazing! At first glance I thought the walls were painted wood planks, but it was actually made out of old leather belts! Unique is an understatement, and I truly feel bad for whoever had to secure each one of them to the walls!
After a few minutes at our table we noticed that we had numerous staff members taking care of our table. They focused on pre dinner cocktails, wine menu, and then the dinner menu. With a menu as extensive as they have, it makes sense to divide and conquer. This way the staff member you’re asking questions to will actually know the answer to your questions without having to go find the sommelier or the person that is expert on the menu.
As starters, we shared the Miso Marinated Chicken skewers and the Beef Takaki with Ginger Ponzu sauce. The skewers were served on a bed of mixed greens with a little side cassava chips. The chicken must have marinated for a long time because the chicken literally fell apart, I’ve never had such tender and juicy chicken skewers before. I think of skewers and I think of (usually) dry chunks of chicken, this was certainly not the case here! Unbelievably perfect. The salad was light and fresh tasting, and the cassava chips were SO good! They tasted like a fancy potato chip (which means they were healthy…. right?).
The Beef Takaki was equally as amazing as the skewers. The Takaki was very flavourful and tender. The ginger ponzu sauce really added that Asian element, couldn’t get enough of it! Each piece of Takaki had a few micro greens and a cassava chip on top. When you eat the whole piece at once, you got a fusion of textures and flavours. The chip on top was genius. Such a beautifully presented dish in general.
For my main course, I had the Robota Grilled Marinated Beef Tenderloin with Parsley Purée and also the Grilled Eggplant with Miso sauce (they were small plates, i’m not a bottomless pit for food!). The beef was probably the best I’ve ever had. The flavours that were infused into the beef were unreal, and so tender (I know I’ve said that a lot in this post, but everything was insanely tender!) The cook on the beef was exactly medium rare, and each piece was cut to the same thickness. Parsley is typically used to add a bit of colour so you never really experience then flavour of it, until now! Wow, the crispy parsley on top of the beef was fantastic! It made the beef dish seem more fresh and light. Loved it!!
The Grilled Eggplant was the coolest presentation I’ve seen so far in my travels. I wish I knew how it was delivered beforehand because I would have loved to capture it on video to share! There was a dome covering the eggplant on the plate, and they filled the air in between with smoke. The dome is removed after the dish is placed in front of you, and your senses are immediately taken by this smoke. The eggplant held a lot of the smoke flavour, it was a little softer than I would have expected, but still fantastic!
We don’t typically order dessert, however once I saw the Valrhona white chocolate bubbles with strawberry sorbet I knew I had to try it! The white chocolate bubbles was another new texture and flavour experience for me. It was not overly sweet or heavy which was the perfect way to end an already fantastic meal.
Nodee Sky is not only a restaurant where you go to eat, it is truly a dining experience. Because of that, it is definitely on the high end when it comes to prices. If you’re ever in Oslo and are looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion, or just to treat yourself, you MUST come check it out. Hands down, 5/5 stars.
Until next time,