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Savour Everyday Luxury at The Thief

In a short time, Oslo has seen an influx of new, trendy eateries serving delicious food throughout the week. "The Thief is one of our favourites when we want to indulge in a bit of luxury in our own city," say Oslo-based couple Sebastian and Daniel.

  • Sebastian and Daniel, residents of Oslo, are well-acquainted with the city's dining and nightlife scene. Despite their love for travel, they make a point to appreciate their own city.

  • We join the couple in Tjuvholmen for a lunch date on an average Tuesday at one of Oslo's most exquisite spots.

  • During the walk to the restaurant, they express their deep affection for Oslo and all it offers.

  • "Oslo is truly unique, even on a global scale. The city boasts a fjord, a bustling urban vibe, and nature – so you can experience a bit of everything," says Daniel as we stroll along the quay.

Staycation is the New Vacation

They believe we should indulge ourselves more often, and preferably in our own cities. The couple embraces the concept of "staycation" and are keen to try out new restaurants, hotels, and activities. Besides, they save both time and money by not always travelling far. One tip they are eager to share is to choose a hotel with its own distinct "vibe".

"It's important that the hotel is centrally located, stylish, and has its own unique character. It makes us feel like we're on holiday, even though we're not far from home. A spa is always a bonus, allowing us to completely relax and enjoy. It's very refreshing to escape the house and leave behind all the distractions of our flat," says Sebastian.

Another tip they offer is to plan an activity or experience to partake in. "One thing we like to do is visit a new museum. Close by, for example, are both the National Museum and Astrup Fearnley – that's your weekend sorted right there," says Daniel with a chuckle.

People enjoying lunch at restaurant The Thief in Oslo.

The Thief Restaurant Offers the Right Atmosphere and Delicious Food

The couple emphasises that treating themselves to high-quality food and drink is of great importance. Their favourite lunchtime luxury spot is the restaurant at THE THIEF, located at the tip of Tjuvholmen.

Once upon a time, Tjuvholmen was a place of execution for thieves, but much has changed since the 1600s. Now, the island is one of the most exclusive spots in Oslo, and right here is where you'll find The Thief, named after those who were hanged here by the city's executioners. The hotel often hosts the biggest international stars and heads of state when they visit Oslo.

"But here, they make you feel important, no matter who you are," says Daniel.

They prefer coming here precisely because the restaurant offers a menu that's classic, but with its own twist.

"The dishes have a luxurious touch that makes the experience worth that little extra. They serve seafood, vegetarian, and meat options, so there's something for everyone," says Sebastian.

The Thief has spent considerable time crafting its own look, and it shows. Sebastian greatly appreciates what they've achieved:

"There's a genuinely good atmosphere here, the interior design and styling are superb. Being situated in Tjuvholmen means you don't have the hustle and noise from the trams, city, and traffic."

Daniel agrees, highlighting one of the hotel's specialties:

"They're also very good at mocktails here. I think that's generally lacking in Norway. But here at The Thief, they deliver," says Daniel, who does not drink alcohol.

Thief Restaurant is the heart and soul of the hotel. Given its immediate proximity to the Oslo Fjord, seafood naturally is the restaurant's specialty. In addition, locally sourced meat and organic vegetables, grown just across the harbour basin, are served. The kitchen focuses on quality food with local and Nordic ingredients prepared with French techniques.

Daniel and Sebastian opt for pan-seared scallops, crème ninon, and a roast beef sandwich. The meal is enjoyed with sparkling tea, and concluded with a good cup of coffee.

Colorful food at Thief Restaurant in Oslo.
  • Norwegians Undervalue Lunch

    In Norway, lunch culture isn't as strong as elsewhere in Scandinavia, and Daniel and Sebastian believe we could learn a thing or two from our neighbours.

  • "It seems that everywhere in the world, lunch is made more of an event than it is in Norway. Here, it's usually a quick, cold lunch in the cafeteria, or you bring some dull sandwiches from home."

  • "Everything is so hurried."

  • "Gathering for lunch, taking a breather and socialising is something I miss. It's worth investing in a good lunch, and perhaps opt for a cheaper dinner at home occasionally," says Daniel.

  • Indeed, there's something extra cosy about enjoying a good meal in the middle of the day. A natural break from whatever is going on, whether it's a workday or a day off, before you continue with your tasks.

  • "A restaurant often has different menus for lunch and dinner, so you miss out on a lot if you only dine out for dinner," Sebastian concludes.

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