Serving Spanish Tapas with a Modern Flair Escalon - Oslo

If you are craving a piece of Spain in the heart of Oslo, then Escalon is the place you are looking for. The latest extensions of trendy restaurants in Oslo are all located in the new and fashionable neighborhood, Tjuvholmen, and Escalon is no exception. Due to its outstanding interior, such as its colorful chairs and bronze retro walls, Escalon stands out even among the great variety of exclusive restaurants that Tjuvholmen has to offer.

Escalon has a vivid ambience with both inside and outdoor seating areas, all facing an ocean view. The place is filled with warmth, not only because of its decorations, but also due to the outstanding service their staff offers. With its great location in the heart of Oslo you won’t go wrong if you choose to eat here. The restaurant is great, even if you are just up for a quick snack or a glass of wine after a day spent at the numerous museums and shopping places available at Tjuvholmen, or if you are planning on having an entire evening filled with laughter, food and good friends.

On the menu, you will find most things a traditional Spanish tapas cuisine has to offer. Spain is one of my favorite countries, and my close to yearly visit always include overload with tapas and sangria. From all the places I have tried Spanish cuisines outside of Spain, I have to admit that this is as close to satisfying my need for ethnic Spanish food that I have gotten. Even the restaurants potato’s and their aioli has a unique touch to them. The restaurant also offers tailored menus for huge parties.

We had close to everything on their tapas menu and were left quite impressed with almost every meal we were served. Some may say serving tapas is easy but I do believe that it needs that special touch in order for the taste to stay in your mouth for hours, and this is exactly what Escalon is able to provide. If you are not planning on attacking the whole menu make sure you taste their famous mussels, shrimps, and dates rolled in crispy bacon, which we found to be extraordinary tasteful.

Even though the concept is quite new in Oslo, the original Escalon opened in 1998 in Bergen. The restaurant is also somewhat pricier than other equivalent restaurants in the city, but that is probably due to its location and the great reputation Escalon has earned over the years. Keep also in mind that eating out in Oslo is never cheap, no matter where you go. Even at McDonald’s you should be prepared to spend close to $20 on a big mac menu. However, even though I find the atmosphere at Escalon to be quite lovely, I do feel that they could try to step it up even further with the Spanish-inspired ambience. Playing Spanish music would probably be a good idea to pump up the south-European feeling to it. Nevertheless, the extravagant atmosphere, great service, and fair prices do however earn them a solid four stars in my opinion, and I do recommend all tourists who wish to get a Spanish eating experience while visiting Oslo, as well as locals, to dine at this Place.


Lejla Brackovic

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