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 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.
We take a lot of inspiration from nature and produces. Especially from the producers that put their heart and soul to make fantastic produces for us. Esben Holmboe Bang — Chef
Esben Holmboe Bang
Esben Holmboe Bang is head chef, co-owner and creative force behind Maaemo. He was born and raised in Copenhagen, but has spent most of his culinary career in Oslo. The Norwegian terroir is a relatively unknown treasure of the international culinary world, but it is something that Esben is passionate about exploring. Esben’s cuisine is focused on creating an experience around the clean, bright flavours of Norway, using entirely organic, biodynamic, or wild produce.
«We opened Maaemo to have something that we felt was the right way to let Norwegian nature shine through on the plate», explains Esben.
It’s a bold style of cooking that has won the young chef a legion of fans and a listing as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Chefs in 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, making Esben one of the youngest chefs to hold Michelin’s highest accolade and the first ever in Norway to do so.
Esben’s playful tasting menu of over 20 courses takes Norwegian food and strips it back to its bare essentials before recomposing it in an entirely new narrative. A meal at Maaemo will transport guests on a breathtaking culinary tour of Norway that sees them travel from the temperate climes of the southerly Hvaler islands to the cold pristine waters of Norway's West Coast and on to the expansive inland wilderness of Røros, as the tastes of Norway are brought to life on the plate.