Restaurant, Bar and Club in Hackney
Oslo Hackney is a multi-purpose venue set up as a bar, kitchen, venue and club in the heart of Hackney. In typical East London style, the interiors resemble a warehouse with high ceilings (it occupies the space of a redeveloped Victoria railway station), exposed brick work and a trendy atmosphere.
The fresh flowers on the table and the plush lampshades add a homelier feel and it was great to see so many families dining. There is also limited seating at the front of the venue (around 5 benches) to catch some sun rays.
As you walk in, you can see the selection of booze available stocked on the shelves. As expected, there was a decent mixture of beers, wines and cocktails. From the cocktails we tried the Oslo Spritz: italicus, prosecco, angostura orange bitters, fee brothers grapefruit bitters & soda (£8). For us, the cocktail did not have much taste to it which was a shame. However, from the “Perfect Serves” section we enjoyed a Monkey 47 with gin, fever tree Mediterranean, tonic, minute and cucumber (£11). It was strong and refreshing – perfect for a summer day.
Sunday Roast in Hackney
It isn’t that often that we dine out for a roast as I make a mean one! However, we took a sunny walk through Victoria Park to try Oslo’s Sunday Roast in Hackney.
Served from midday until they run out, Oslo offers three options. Meat wise, you can choose between the 28-day aged Herefordshire sirloin of beef, poacher john’s hackney horseradish (£17.50) or the Half roast Suffolk chicken, chorizo and sage stuffing (£14.50). The vegan option of red pepper, leek and pecan but rose also sounded rather delicious (£13). All the above are served with roast potatoes, chantery carrots, greens and red wine braised cabbage. Oh and of course, lashings of gravy (meat / vegan).
When the plates arrived, we could not believe the size of the portions. The chicken was huge and so tender and flavoursome – some of the best chicken we have tasted. The accompanying stuffing packed a bit of a punch and was thoroughly enjoyed. We were also presented with two HUGE slices of sirloin beef which was tasty overall although we would have referred it rarer. Obviously, a roast is not complete without spuds, veg and a Yorkshire pud and, as you can see from the pictures, these were plentiful.
We somehow made room for desserts, mainly because we cannot resist a Sticky Toffee Pudding. Served with Vanilla Ice cream and caramel sauce, this was a steal at £5. The pudding was a generous square served with heaps of caramel sauce (just how we like it!). We also tried the Strawberry and Raspberry Mess with vanilla ice cream and meringue (£5) which was a lighter (but still delicious) end to the meal.
Oslo delivers a fantastic Sunday Roast in Hackney and one we would return for. It is a great bar to chill during the day and is open at weekends until 4am to party the night away. There are various live gigs / events throughout the year and £5 cocktails all night on a Thursday for “Request Live” night.
East London Girl: Oslo Hackney
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