On the corner of Woodward & John R. is a place with an inconspicuous sign. It simply reads Oslo. My friend Mike bugged me for a few months to check it out and once I saw a coupon on Restaurant.com I was psyched. We got the $50 off $100 gift certificate for 4 dollars, count them, one, two, three, four! So, I knew I was in for a feast.
On the inside the decor is on point. Fresh and funky. With lots of modern wood accents all around and a great hand painted mural.
So first, some spring rolls ($3). I can eat spring rolls every day for the rest of my life. Clap if they make you happy These were perfect. Everything a spring roll should be. Crunchy, super hot and just comforting.
I felt like a soup, and at the waitress’s suggestion I ordered the Oslo Noodle Soup – fresh noodles, garlic, celery & bean sprouts ($3)
Let me tell you, if I ever had a Harry met Sally moment, it was over this soup. It seemed so simple looking when it came out, but the broth had so much depth, each slurp was an “ahhhhh” moment. It was salty, nutty and fresh. There were so many notes to this soup, it sang. If you still didn’t get the point: ORDER THIS SOUP!
Oslo is known for their sushi. So we had to order some rolls. I can’t remember the name of this one, but its a roll of salmon, cream cheese and avocado – then the whole roll is put in a tempura batter and deep fried. This was Ok. It had a bit of a fishy taste which I’m guessing came from the oil.
Its my prerogative to eat as many spicy tuna rolls in my life as possible. So, me and mike each ordered one ($6). First thing I noticed was they look more square than round. Nothing special here either.
Close up of the Cherry Blossom below. The slice of lemon is a nice surprise. This didn’t look rolled well either. To be honest, I wasn’t really a fan of their sushi dishes and was a bit disappointed. Seemed too sloppy, and not authentic at all.
I have to say, their Thai dishes made up for the sushi! They have very authentic food, with the “mom n pop” in the back making it.
Mike had the Suki Yaki – Veggies & glass noodles in a spicy garlic sauce ($10)
Here is a little story about Mike’s dish and the exchange with the waitress:
Mike: “I want it super spicy. Hotter than Hot. You know how they make it hot, make it hotter! I can take it.”
Waitress: “Are you sure man, the chef is thai, so their spicy is real hot, like its really hot.”
Mike: “Yeah, real spicy. I love me some spicy food.”
So what happened was the dish came out, and mike took one bite of it and then he drank a whole cup of water. He couldn’t eat it. I had a taste and all I could taste was burn. It was a shame. The dish looked good.
So Mike got to share my plate, which we both agreed was really good. I had the Drunken Noodle – Bean Sprouts, Onions, Bamboo, Wine, Egg, Fresh Noodles & Basil ($10 + $2 for shrimp)
I definitely recommend trying Oslo. Especially since they have all sorts of amounts of coupons / gift certificates on Restaurant.com. I also heard they got a cool club downstairs.
The one thing that did bother me, was the sushi took waaaaayy too long to come out. BUT, the service was amazing and friendly that it didn’t seem too much of a nuisance, since we were kept entertained by our fabulous waitress.