A unique, sophisticated and modern Asian restaurant serving Chinese dishes
TEXT: INGRID OPSTAD | PHOTO: NODEE BARCODE
Want to experience a unique Asian restaurant concept, in the heart of Oslo? Having moved from its previous premises, and with a change in focus to provide exquisite Chinese dishes, combined with great design and a cosy atmosphere, Nodee Barcode has become one of the places to visit in the Norwegian capital.
With a warm atmosphere and delicious dishes, this trendy hotspot is like heaven for Asian-food lovers. “We want to deliver a unique, sophisticated and modern, yet informal restaurant experience to our customers,” says customer relationship manager and co-founder Sean Cao.
Since it opened in 2003, the restaurant’s aim has always been to deliver high-quality Asian food. After the move to new premises in Bjørvika in late 2016, however, its focus has shifted more towards Chinese cuisine and its delicacies. “The move was necessary to get us up to an international level,” Cao explains. “Our menu has now been freshened up, and our name has changed to Nodee Barcode. Our new menu is full of classic dishes from China, such as Peking duck, dim sum, wok, and dishes from the robata grill, as well as sushi.”
Quality and authenticity
With a focus on quality and authenticity, Nodee Barcode prides itself on serving delicious, original dim sum. “In China, dim sum is like art, and it was important for us to do it justice. We therefore have our very own dim sum chef from China, with 20 years’ experience, who has been a part of our kitchen for ten years,” says Cao. “We use some locally sourced ingredients, like Norwegian reindeer, for example.”
Traditional Peking duck
At one end of the restaurant you can find the open kitchen, where it is possible to watch the chefs as they prepare and cook your food. “You can see how our dim sum is steamed, and our impressive Peking duck specialty oven. The oven is, in fact, the only one in Scandinavia, and it ensures you get a crisp, juicy and tasty traditional Peking duck, just like you would get in China,” Cao says proudly. The oven guarantees a unique and perfect result, offering an authentic Peking duck never before tasted in Norway.
“We are proud of the amazing flavours in our food, but also of our wide selection of drinks,” Cao notes. “One feature that sets us apart is the wall, which is simply an elongated glass wine cabinet, giving a full view of our varied and extensive wine selection.” He adds: “I would also say we have one of the best bartenders in Oslo, who creates spectacular cocktails.”
Amazing flavours, combined with design
The Barcode district in Bjørvika is something completely out of the ordinary, and the interesting architecture of the building attracts those who love experiences, exciting food and shopping. Stepping through the doors, you will discover a warm, international atmosphere, created by interior designer Anemone Wille Våge. The dark style, combined with a carefully selected blend of Scandinavian design and hints from Asia, creates a special and cosy mood. Within the open, airy space, you will find beautiful, carved woodcut walls, small individual sections, soft chairs and soft lighting, all with a modern look.
The restaurant also has a popular mezzanine, making it possible to enjoy food and drinks in groups, whether with family, friends or colleagues. “The mezzanine can be booked out for private parties for up to 20 people and is a great place to share good food in a more peaceful setting,” says Cao.
Those visiting Nodee Barcode also have the option of heading up to the Nodee Skybar on the 13th, 14th and 15th floor, which offers outdoor seating on a large terrace, a bar, a restaurant with a Japanese menu, and a night lounge. Enjoy the amazing view of the sea and the Oslo skyline with a glass in hand — one more exciting possibility offered by the new and unique Nodee experience.
Monday – Saturday: 4pm – 1am
Monday – Friday: 11am – 4pm,
Saturday: 12pm – 4pm
Dronning Eufemias gate 28, 0191 Oslo, Norway
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