Despite all of the accolades and recognition given to the quality of life in Norwegian society – a common complaint is that the typical Norwegian’s lack of affinity for spicy food makes finding anything with real heat difficult in Oslo. That’s why I go to Rice Bowl.
Just off of Youngstorget, north of the central station, Rice bowl serves fantastic Thai food for a very reasonable price. There is usually a line of customers waiting out the door, but be patient because the line moves quickly, and it’s worth it.
If spice isn’t your thing, anything on the menu can be made as mild or hot as you’d like (the pad thai is always a great choice). I used to go here quite regularly with my friend, Kelly, who would insist on ordering his food “Thai Spicy – as much as possible.” After the server had finished shaking her head in fear (or laughter?), she would return with a healthy dose of rice noodles, curry, and spice. I’m not quite so extreme, but I always leave satisfied from what is now my favorite Thai food in town. The other good news is that they’ve now opened up a new location at Dronnings gate 25- although I still prefer the original and it’s more cluttered ambiance.