When it’s time to meet up with the ladies in my life, we love a good cocktail, a quirky venue and decent transport links as we’re all over London and don’t like wasting time getting home! That’s where Oslo in Hackey ticked all the boxes and became the destination for our latest catch up.
Situated next door to Hackney Central Station on Amhurst Road, Oslo draws on a Nordic aesthetic in a unique space of a redeveloped railway station with amazing floor to ceiling windows, high ceilings and plenty of space for tables, a bar and an exciting music programme in the space upstairs.
We had luckily reserved a table for dinner and I’m so glad we did as Oslo was so busy! We originally thought it was due to being so close to the Hackney Empire and there being an event, but this wasn’t the case, although some of the guests were there for the show going on over the road, but when door opening time it was still so busy! That’s always a really good sign for a Wednesday!
My first drink of the evening was the Winter Spritz made with Tanqueray Gin, Italicus, Grapefruit Cordial, Gingerbread Syrup, Prosecco and dehydrated grapefruit. We all know how much I love a Spritz and trying varieties of them so this was obviously going to pick this one! It was so good, Spritz are usually a summery drink so to have this wintery feel to it, well, that was right up my street!
The new menu also features bar classics such as the Whiskey Sour and a floral Daiquiri where attention to fundamental components is cardinal for making a top tipple. More unusual elements such as tai plum sake and lingonberry powder add a touch of flare to winter warmers.
For dinner, I tried the New Orleans burger as I was having withdrawals that it was over a year ago that we were there eating all the amazing food!
The burger consisted of Buttermilk fried chicken with baby gem lettuce, tomato, homemade slaw & garlic mayo, all served with hand-cut chips. It was dreamy! Although I did take the burger out of the bun to save on my Slimming World syns!
Hayley had the Pulled Brisket Sub that was filled to the brim with 12 hours cooked beef brisket with cabbage slaw, onions in a New England brioche sub, also served with skinny fries. And Kariss went for the Chicken and Waffles covered in luscious gravy!
Rather than having a dessert we all decided to have a Salted Caramel Martini which the team at Oslo made with decaf coffee for me so I could join in the fun! It’s so rare that bars will change ingredients to suit my caffeine needs so that was muchly appreciated!
The service was great, food and drink are great value and the location was perfect for meeting up and chatting for hours with my girlies.