If you find yourself hungry in Hackney on the weekend, Oslo has you covered. Cosying up to Hackney Central Station on Amhurst Road, this bar, restaurant and live-music venue serves a first-class brunch.
The two-storey venue is housed in a renovated railway station, originally built in 1870, and the minimalist interior references its past calling, with luggage-rack lighting and industrial exposed-brick walls. The menu, meanwhile, is a (surprisingly happy) marriage between East End dishes and Nordic cuisine: London staples are pepped up with techniques such as curing, pickling and smoking.
Brunch is divided into two sections: waffles and other. The Nordic Cure comprises a freshly made waffle piled high with two eggs, chorizo, smoked bacon, halloumi, avocado, grilled pepper and homemade chilli beans. The Breakfast of Champions – which could by all means make a toothsome dessert – features a waffle topped with creamy yoghurt, strawberries, blueberries and granola, all drizzled in honey.
Non-waffle dishes include avocado on rye and smoked Norwegian salmon on either an English muffin or hot buttered sourdough. But really, is there any competition when it comes to these crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside, golden-brown creations? Apologies if I’m waffling.
Oslo, 14 Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL.