I am very glad that this local Italian brasserie is literally a 2-minute walk from my apartment, it has become our go-to place for a lazy weekend dinner, work dinners or just to have a glass of wine outside on a summer evening. The venue is a former pharmacy for the hospital which was located nearby (the name is pharmacy backwards in Norwegian, in case you were wondering!) and inside they have kept many of the original details from the building.
The food is simple Italian, with the focus on the ingredients and preparation. They have a daily meat or fish special (about 200kr) and a daily pasta special (about 150kr) in addition to a couple of other stalwarts. The 4-course set menu is great value for 450kr but only if you are actually hungry enough to do it justice. More often than not, I order some meat and veg plates from the starter menu to go with my wine and munch on those.
In the summertime the pavement outside is filled with tables looking out on St Olavs plass, which has little traffic and attracts a nice mix of people, including an elderly couple playing backgammon last weekend beside students from the local university – what Oslo is all about!