sunday brunch at olivia

I’ve always wanted to have Sunday brunch, but skipping the expensive Sunday Jazz Brunch of Grand Hotel, my friend and I opted for the cozy confines of Olivia Restaurant in Aker Brygge, the pedestrianized quay beside the Oslo Fjord.

We both had Panini al Pollo, with chicken, pesto rosso, provolone cheese, lettuce and tomato. The place is so intimate and the ambience is warm, the service was good too, and so was the sandwich. The prices are quite reasonable (in Oslo standards), 98 kroner (12 Euros = 9 GBP = 18 USD) and 35 kroner for a bottled juice.

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Afterwards, we walked around, past the dockyards with Akershus Fortress across the fjord and the Nobel Peace Center where I saw bags and purses made with fruit juice packagings from the Philippines at the museum shop. We walked further towards the city center, passing the Louis Vuitton store, and I didn’t notice until now how nice the facade of the building is.

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We then took a bus to another friend’s apartment, where we had dinner later today. We had crispy duck with all sorts of greens in rice paper we had to roll ourselves. Fun! We also watched the 2008 European Men’s Handball Championship where Norway won over Montenegro in their preliminary play-off match.

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2 Responses to “sunday brunch at olivia”


  1. 1 zocalo January 21, 2008 at 8:02 am

    yikes $18 usd for a panini? how easily I forget prices in Oslo…I BLOCK it out of my memory! i forget that a simple meal/snack is easily 100 nok there….CRAZY!!!!

  2. 2 freshmess January 23, 2008 at 12:45 am

    I know! Well, this is Norway after all. :)


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