Esben Holmboe Bang
After about 20h travel, we arrived in Oslo for the begining of our trip and Maaemo was the first stop. Maaemo is one of the two 3 Michelin stars restaurant in the Nordics and run by chef Esben Holmboe Bang. Maaemo means « mother earth » and focused on local produce and revisited traditional dishes. The beloved ingredient showcased here is butter. Butter is used in nearly all the dishes and even the star of the incredibly good signature dessert available since the opening « Brown butter ice cream, molasses and roasted hazelnuts ». One of the best ice cream I ever had with incredible silky texture, richness and sweetness of the brown butter. The « queen scallops from Nordskott, aquivit and burnt onion », Langoustine and arctic cod are all great and tasty dishes as well I enjoyed. At first sight the dishes seems simple but the technics behind are actually more complex and most of the dishes are built to highlight the main product.
Second stop on the Scandinavian Triple Crown Tour (Fäviken, Maaemo and Geranium).
The team there continues to produce outstanding food with a extraordinary execution and best ever products.
The Arctic Cod, steamed with salted butter was just sublime. This is as good as it gets.