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Oslo Court London restaurant French traditional

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“If this was a cruise ship it would be the old P&O Victoria, rather than a modern Cunard liner”, mused one reader after visiting this slice of vintage 1970s nostalgia. Oslo Court is certainly one of a kind – it’s like “time travelling backwards”, but in a good way, with charmingly retro salmon-pink decor, heavily starched linen and tuxedo-clad waiters wheeling around dessert trolleys. Likewise, the menu lists the kind of fare found in five-star hotels of a bygone era, with warm buttered rolls presented alongside coquilles St Jacques or garlicky mushrooms in puff pastry. Generosity is a given when it comes to mains, perhaps a whopping Dover sole meunière or roast duckling with a choice of orange, cherry or apple sauce, while puds of the crêpe Suzette and strawberry flan ilk aren’t exactly featherweight either. It’s all rather hypnotising, and the clientele of local, moneyed retirees would be lost without it.

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Oslo Court

Prince Albert Road (corner of Charlbert Street) ,London NW8 7EN

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Time travelling backwards

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Jun 2015

Editor's pick Entering the restaurant was like travelling back in time to the 1970s. The decor and ambiance is a little past its sell by date, but is obviously well liked by its clientele who are obviously regular and well fed. Several large tables were hosting birthday parties for older members, and I have no doubt, for this kind of event, this place is ideal. London has moved on a lot since then, however, and food presentation and levels of discreet service have skipped by unnoticed. Portions are substantial,...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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Oslo Court

Prince Albert Road (corner of Charlbert Street) ,London NW8 7EN

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Jan 2013

With all due respect I have to disagree with parts of Marks review, I always find it to have a fantastic chatty atmosphere, at lunch or supper time, with high quality service , and overall just a delight when compared to the more modern restaurants which in my experience often have uppity staff and comparatively lower standards than Oslo Ct with ref to customer service, yes they're often more up to date with ref to their pretty little dishes, but if you are looking for a plentiful plate, instead...

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Paul G.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Prince Albert Road (corner of Charlbert Street) ,London NW8 7EN

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Nov 2012

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

I’ve read and heard so much about Oslo Court. “It’s the best restaurant in the country”, “probably the best in the world”. “London’s best kept secret”. I had to go. Suffice to say the decor was as described elsewhere. The food was not. On arrival we were presented with a plate of “crudities” – chunks of cucumber, carrots and cauliflower, alongside Melba toast and fresh out of the fridge firm butter. We were offered garlic bread – think along the lines of supermarket soft rolls with garlic filling....

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David M.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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Prince Albert Road (corner of Charlbert Street) ,London NW8 7EN

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Jun 2011

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Overlook the dated salmon pink look in a flat block and you will receive a warm welcome inside. the portions are huge (starters are as big as mains), staff (specially the camp dessert expert) are friendly. it seemed very popular with people celebrating birthdays.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Prince Albert Road (corner of Charlbert Street) ,London NW8 7EN

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Apr 2011

Have been here before but things have gone downhill. The vegetables were overcooked and there is a heavy reliance on mayonnaise based sauces. The worst thing was the service – our dessert was a long time coming but as we had time to wait we said nothing – even though the table next door was served ahead of us in spite of them finishing their main course a long time after us. The staff then seemed to decide they wanted our table in a hurry (although the restaurant was half empty) – a young waiter...

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May H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 5

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Prince Albert Road (corner of Charlbert Street) ,London NW8 7EN

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by   bronze reviewer (10)

Nov 2010

Good restaurant for good quality food, good service and reasonable prices – it is like stepping back in to a restaurant from the 70's with decor and menu – but where can you get fresh whole globe artichokes for a starter nowadays. Steak au povre is good and the wine list is cheap by London standards – loads of regulars – mainly elderly thou so not a place for a lively young couple but ideaal for taking the parents for a quiet decent meal.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 8

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Prince Albert Road (corner of Charlbert Street) ,London NW8 7EN

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Oct 2010

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The most amazing restaurant in the world without a doubt. I went the other day for a family meal, and it reminded me (not that I needed reminding) why this is my favourite restaurant and why nowhere else even comes close. All the “fancy” restaurants nowadays have ludicrously tiny portions – nouvelle cuisine. Whoever thinks that nouvelle cuisine is ‘fine dining’ needs serious help (maybe they are anorexics?). Oslo Court give you massive portions – which one should expect when going to a classy restaurant,...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Prince Albert Road (corner of Charlbert Street) ,London NW8 7EN

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Mar 2010

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I'm surprised at all the good reviews here. I'm also surprised at Squaremeals own review – has anybody from here been there recently? Went for the first time after hearing 2 friends rave about the food there, and must say that it was one of the worst meals I have had to date. Food is very obviously frozen, that's why everything we ordered was so chewy and bland tasting. And that's why the menu is so long. Sauces are disgusting and nasty, my dog would not go near them. Desserts are average at best....

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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Prince Albert Road (corner of Charlbert Street) ,London NW8 7EN

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Dec 2009

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

I was amazed at the previous low grades shown for the Oslo Court. I have been going to the Olso Court for close to ten years and I must admit in all of that time – be it with friends, family, clients I have never had a bad experience. It is true that the restaurant is focused on traditional french cooking and the clients might be of an older age group (40+) however the atmosphere is always excellent as can be seen by the long standby lists for tables. The front of house is probably the best I have...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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Prince Albert Road (corner of Charlbert Street) ,London NW8 7EN

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Nov 2009

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Did anybody know that after the age of 60, people lose about 75% of their tastebuds? My wifes' parents came from Florida to visit and insisted we'd go to Oslo Court. I had never even heard of it and now I know why. The location, a pink flat with frilly pink curtains on the ground floor of a grey 30s block, and everything inside the restaurant including the diners, the menu and the produce, might have been original from when the building was actually erected. I though I was dining within a movie...

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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  • Address: Prince Albert Road (corner of Charlbert Street), London NW8 7EN
  • Telephone: 020 7722 8795
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 12.30-2.30pm 7-11pm

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