December is looking very merry indeed at newly opened Indian Street Food & Co
We are nearing the bleak midwinter, but temperatures at Sørengkaia 7 (right behind the Munch museum) are, if not sizzling, then at least a lot warmer than you’d expect from Oslo this time of year. The reason for this is the much awaited opening of Indian Street Food & Co, a new restaurant and formidable dining experience from master chef Dheeraj Singh. With state dinners and a number of successful restaurants in both Sweden and India on his resume, Chef Singh is now hoping to win the hearts of Oslo’s foodies as well.
– Being from the Himalayas myself, I feel perfectly at home in Oslo, with the proximity to the mountains and the pure air. It’s beautiful. I love it. And everyone has been so welcoming, it’s really a friendly atmosphere.
At the restaurant, seating 150 guests, you’ll find everything from affordable Indian classics – much loved street food such as kathi rolls and samosas – to a twelve course set menu with flavours and textures showcasing everything exquisitely unique about Indian cuisine. Guests can come for a light bite, a full night, or drinks and something to nibble on in one of the three bars. The venue is sleek and modern, with Nordic wood and handmade ceramics, designed to let the food take centre stage. Which it does, with sky high ambitions and locally sourced produce.
– We start every dining experience with a sort of flavour bomb. You get a little bite of India, carrying every flavour from mint to saffron and cardamom. After that, you are happy – and ready for just about everything.
The goal for Dheeraj Singh has always been to raise the bar for the Indian dining experience in Scandinavia. In 2014 he founded Indian Street Food & Co in Stockholm, with friend and entrepreneur Johan Parmar, starting out with food trucks and catering. A true gastronomic innovator, he has since then been merging Indian and Scandinavian flavours in ways that make his audience very happy. It’s his way of re-inventing what he loves, but also a personal take on sustainability. Making a lasting impression with minimum impact, mixing the flavours of his childhood with modern tastes. And making every guest feel right at home:
– Service needs to be excellent, or it ruins the food. That’s why our staff is so important. They are wonderful. I want my restaurant to be a place where people come once because they are curious, and then return again and again because they love it. So far, it seems to be working.
So whether you come for drinks with friends, Sunday dinner with the family, a first date or entertaining clients, you will receive the same care, attention to detail and amazing food. And this from a man who has gained 15 kg in the last months, trying everything on the menu at least once, tweaking every dish until it is just right:
– I never get tired of food. This is who I am. What I love and what I do. This is everything.
Where: Sørengkaia 7, Oslo
What: Indian contemporary
Seating how many: 150
Open since: 24 November