Palmen Restaurant reopens

With a new menu, extended opening times and interior design by Anemone Wille Våge, Palmen (The Palm Court Restaurant) is opening its doors once again at the Grand Hotel. Oslo’s ‘secret oasis’ invites guests to Palmen 2013-style, 100 years after it first welcomed diners.

“Palmen is the perfect spot for guests to meet up for a light lunch, share a good dinner or take a break from their shopping with a coffee. With opening hours extending into the evening, the buzzing atmosphere can be enjoyed day and night,” says Sales and Marketing Director Kari Hasselknippe.

Palmen Restaurant first opened in 1913 and celebrates its centenary this year. To mark the occasion, the restaurant has been redesigned and there is a new menu. ‘Sharing’ is a central aspect of the restaurant experience.

“There is a growing trend for people to want to share eating experiences and taste more items from the menu. We’re giving Palmen’s lunch and dinner guests an opportunity to share many of our dishes,” comments Hasselknippe.

Head Chef Jørn Odden explains that Palmen offers international cuisine, with enthusiastic chefs creating playful and exciting taste sensations.

“We serve up international fusion cuisine, with dishes including crispy duck salad and ravioli, alongside our signature dishes such as Cæsar salad and high-rise sandwiches. We also hope our delicious ‘soup of the day’ will be a hit,” states Jørn Odden, former Sous Chef at the 7-star Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.

Bold elegance

Palmen is renowned as the architectural gem at the heart of the Grand Hotel, with its distinctive glass dome letting light flood in. The restaurant is divided into three sections, with space for 74 guests in the main dining area.

Norway’s most highly regarded interior designer, Anemone Wille Våge, has given the restaurant a new look that embraces a glamorous classical style.

“Heritage and modernity have been combined to create a bold elegance, and finally Palmen can now also be used in the evening,” relates Project Manager Jan Erik Rivelsrud.

Palmen Restaurant was originally an open-air garden with fountains, called the Palm Garden. Here guests could enjoy the culinary delights on a cool and shady veranda, just like Ibsen used to do in the summer. The garden was enclosed with a glass roof in 1913 and palm trees were planted.

Wall of Fame

A more secluded part of the restaurant provides a sense of discreet luxury, with the dining area dressed in warm shades of lilac to give guests a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. A new addition is the ‘Wall of Fame’.

“Pictures of famous celebrities, pop artists and actors who have visited Palmen are up on the wall. Their comments from the guest book tell the story of Palmen’s fashionable history,” says Hasselknippe.

Opening hours

Monday–Friday 11 am–10 pm (lunch 11 am–4 pm, dinner 4 pm–10 pm)

Saturday 12 noon–10 pm

Sunday 1 pm–9 pm

For further information, please contact:

  • Kari Hasselknippe, Sales and Marketing Director at the Grand Hotel, tel: +47 915 14 673
  • Anemone Wille Våge, Interior Designer, tel: +47 922 51 868

 

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