REVIEW: Oslo, Hackney
WHAT? A conveniently placed nightclub cum gig venue backing onto Hackney Central station, Oslo doubles up as a remarkably chilled out workspace and brunch spot during the day. Evenings might bring intimate gigs, talented DJs and round the block queues, but daytime vibes centre around good coffee and plates piled high with avocado.
We dropped in for a Saturday brunch, enjoying the pared back, industrial feel of the place (minus the sticky carpets and stubborn smells nighttime venues often can’t shake upon opening their doors during the day).
Served from 11am Saturdays and Sundays, brunch consists of sweet and savoury treats served on waffles (their speciality), salads and Nordic hangover cures.
You can order eggs pretty much any way (we opted for poached, with smoked salmon on avocado with chilli and red onion), plus there’s a selection of starters, burgers and small bites. A ‘Nutella Split’ consists of Nutella, bananas, butterscotch sauce and candied walnuts on a homemade waffle, while the ‘Veg Cure’ offers two Clarence Court eggs any style with avo, halloumi, grilled pepper, portobello mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and homemade chilli beans on the same homemade base.
Freshly made juice is available upon request, and the coffee’s hot and strong. If you’re looking for a cute spot to park your laptop for a few hours or want to try somewhere new for brunch, we’d recommend this place in a heartbeat – book late enough in the afternoon and you might find yourself there until midnight…
DETAILS: 1A AMHURST ROAD, HACKNEY, LONDON E8 1LL