Dinner at Maaemo
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The New Maaemo!
A dramatic set-up, double, maybe even triple height entrance. A Lounge with a wine cellar down below with an open fire place where one gets served the snacks. The dining room is also double height with four kitchen islands and can host up to 30 people. A beautiful place, well fitting to the beautiful food which gets produced there.
Esben Holmboe Bang always impressed me with his gentle and precise cooking. I still remember the Arctic Cod, steamed with salted butter as a benchmark for me when it comes to cod.
In his second iteration he evolves and even further improves his cooking. Downstairs in the Lounge six snacks were served of which the warm duck leg and the Lompe (also known as potetkaker), a small variety of potato-based Norwegian flat bread, were the stars. The doughnut, warm and succulent, the hazelnut and pickled vegetables providing texture and acidity. You would have thought that langoustine and rose petals work together? But they did and the Lompe provided the perfect vessel for them.
Upstairs in the Dining Room the atmosphere completely changed. Where Esben ruled his kitchen upstairs in the old restaurant with military drill and loudness, now the executive chef Martin commands his brigade in total silence. They all work with focus and precision. The resulting food is perfect but also venerable and delicious.
The scallops, the turbot and the lamb were all lawyered with vegetables and fruits. The resulting flavor combination is incredibly satisfying.
The front office operates a very smooth service with the roles equally distributed.
All in, a true 3 star place (worth an extra journey). Kudos to the team which improved on an already perfect place.