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Maaemo is Oslo’s ground-breaking three Michelin starred restaurant. It first opened its doors in December 2010 and is run and co-owned by Head Chef Esben Holmboe Bang.
Maaemo – an old Norse word meaning «Mother Earth» – is focused on creating a narrative around the clean, bright flavours of Norway.
Maaemo builds around its local produce driven cuisine with a focus on reflecting the changing seasons and the raw nature of Norway. The restaurant exclusively serves a playful tasting menu of over 20 courses that is a pageant of dishes such as Norwegian langoustines with pine; mackerel with ramson; and Røros butter ice cream with brown butter caramel.
The restaurant has just eight tables in the main dining room as well as a private Test Kitchen table, which has a direct view of the chefs at work and the modern skyline of Bjørvika. Maaemo has won accolades from food critics around the world. In 2012, just 15 months after opening, Maaemo was awarded two Michelin stars in its first ever mention in the prestigious guide, becoming the first, and only, restaurant in the Nordics to do so. In 2016 Maaemo was awarded a third Michelin star, becoming the first Norwegian restaurant ever to hold Michelin’s highest accolade.
Maaemo was also voted as one of the top 100 restaurants in the world at the Pellegrino 2015 World’s Best Awards. Chef Esben Holmboe Bang is listed in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Chefs in the World in 2013.
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