If you are in Oslo on a Sunday afternoon, like Jazz music and want a gourmet adventure, you should go to the Grand Hotel, built in 1874. We where there with my MIL last Sunday and since this will be my last post from her stay this time, your all welcome to join us.

Lets start with the Hotel: An institution in the Norwegian capital for over a century, the Grand Hotel remains the city’s top address for its elegantly furnished guest rooms, its splendid location and complete range of services, like the choice of three fine restaurants, two bars and 18 elegant function rooms. The Grand’s splendid marble lobby, replete with ornate chandeliers and bas-relief Grecian sculpture, sets the tone for what was once Ibsen’s favorite hotel (read my story of our National writer here!).

Grand Hotel Jan 2006

This hotel is one of the oldest and most exclusive establishments in Oslo. When pop stars visit the city, they wave at their fans from the hotel balcony (or hide behind their bodyguards in the lobby). Built in 1874, the hotel has catered to celebrities for over a century. The stone-walled hotel with its mansard gables and copper tower has been an integral part of Oslo life since 1874. Famous guests have included Edvard Munch, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, Charlie Chaplin, Henry Ford, and of course Henrik Ibsen. He was a regular visitor to the hotel restaurant, the Grand Café.

The Grand Café, filled with plush leather seats and modern artwork, serves Scandinavian dishes with Mediterranean touches. Gourmet French and Scandinavian cuisine is on the menu at the Julius Fritzner restaurant. So let’s have our JazzBrunch:

Like I said to my MIL the day before: You don’t eat a heavy breakfast before you go to Grand Café! Here is a glimpse of their buffet or smoregardsboard if you like:

I like to approach these kind of delicacies in a systematic way and to make it short and well documented (all pics with My Nokia mobile phone – click to enlarge to enjoy!)

First serving (to the left): Smoked and fermented salmon, salmon pate and garlic marinated shrimps.
Second serving (to the right): Lever pate, roast beef, more salmon pate, pepper, mushroom, pepper and some creamy salad.

Third: Marinated chicken, ratatouille and baked potatoes.
Fourth: Select cheeses from around the world and crackers.

For dessert, I just love Napoleon Cake!
Look at the small black profile pic on top of the plates edge: It’s Henrik Ibsen!

After such a great brunch you might need a rest or a room for the night? Taking you to Grand Hotel and not mention The Deluxe rooms on the top floor would be a disgrace. They have retained the dimensions and mouldings of yore. The ‘ladies’ floor’ is a must see, with 17 rooms individually redesigned by some of Norway’s top female celebrities. Iram Haa’s room with its bright pillows, illuminated flowers, and paper globes contrasts strongly with the space designed by Maria Bonnevie, who evidently likes horses. Meanwhile, huge pink-and-black headshots stare perpetually in the hallway outside in Warhol-esque fashion. Sit, back, relax and click here to take a look!

Talking about food and while I’m at it: I’ve been tagged a couple of times lately, by Eastcoastlife and Norma. I hope you’ll excuse me for not following all the food meme rules as I have to do it my way, okay :-) You’re supposed to list 5 places or restaurant to recommend and of course Grand Café is one of them. Other than that, I like to make my own food so if you’re still hungry, you can check me and my wife’s Sea Food Delight, Rakfisk, Salmon and Lamb in cabbage.