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The name provides the geographical compass point for this new all-day venue on Amhurst Road, which brings a ‘dark Nordic aesthetic’ to the streets of Hackney. Occupying the redeveloped shell of a
Victorian railway station-cum-ticket office next door to Hackney Central, Oslo is a two-pronged eatery and social hub offering casual food and drink during the day, before putting on its glad rags
for smart evening meals, classy booze and the best in new music at night. The menu is based on produce from local suppliers, and the drinks list peppered with craft beers, ales, cocktails and
Set up a restaurant/bar decorated in wood and bricks with a rugged edge next to Hackney Central station. Hire staff that know more about the latest trends than the food served. Name the place after a Nordic city people might have heard of but do not know much about. That’s the combination of ingredients in the recipe behind Oslo Hackney’s success, at least if you judge the number of likes their Facebook page has attracted within 2 months.This is a place where your entrance will turn heads to see if you are cool enough to blend into the forward crowd, because sticking out here is the last thing you want....
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People love a freebie and the Oslo launch last Friday was no exception. Twenty minutes deep into a queue, with what looked like at least as long to go before me, and I started to wonder if this was really worth it. How good could it be in there?Answer: SO good! Maybe not wait-40-minutes-in-the-cold-good but once I was in I was happy I'd made the effort and I doubt the massive queue will be a regular occurrence. Knowing how many people must have been ahead of us to necessitate waiting so long, we knew it would be busy inside. And, in the downstairs bar area, there was quite a crush. Miraculously, this did not translate...
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