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MAGMA

Oslo

Bygdoy Alle 53
West End
Oslo
Tel: +47 23085810

Magma is one of the genuinely "hot" dining reservations of Oslo. Established in 2000 on a busy boulevard within the city's quietly prosperous West End, on the street level of the Rica Hotel Bygdøy Allé (with which it is not directly associated), it's outfitted in a postmodern, punk-conscious style that might have been inspired by a hip-hop club in London or New York's SoHo. Expect lots of space, a postindustrial decor of vinyl sofas and banquettes, pillbox-shaped stools, splashy pop art, and the superb cuisine of Norway's chef-of-the-minute, Ms. Sonja Lee. Born of Korean and Norwegian parents, and one of the most successful culinary entrepreneurs in Norway, she studied in Paris, Monaco, and southern France. Even better, she has assembled a team of hip, young assistants who seem to work beautifully together in the hypermodern kitchens, which, incidentally, are available for visits from any diner who's interested in a tour. Ingredients that go into these dishes are pure and perfect, and are usually based on flavors of the faraway Mediterranean. Try the braised rabbit with tomatoes and olives; homemade ravioli studded with ricotta and Norwegian wild mushrooms; and (direct from the Ducasse kitchens) spit-roasted veal with a gratin of macaroni and veal jus, a real masterpiece.



Cuisine: INTERNATIONAL
Ambience: URBANE FINE DINING
Groups: Large groups and private rooms available
Special: Starspotting

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