Smalhans is a neighborhood eatery where one can meet friends, spend quality time with the family or relax on your own while having some good food and drinks.
You can find Smalhans in Ullevålsveien in the neighbourhood of ST Hanshaugen. This space has housed several restaurants since 1921, amongst which the most famous are Den Grimme Ælling, Maliks and Kafé Solhøi.
Getting to Smalhans is pretty straight-forward – both the 21 and 37 bus stops right outside the main entrance. Smalhans sits nicely in a junction on top of St. Hanshaugen, ideal for everyone who wants a quick meal on their way home work or to enjoy an evening out with friends. The people behind Smalhans all have years of experience from the Oslo restaurant scene Even Ramsvik, Tom Victor Gausdal, Stian Floer and Anders Braathen. In the kitchen, you’ll find Karl Torbjørn Andersen and at the front of the house, Geir Kristian Næss. We are proud to say that we hold a Bib Gourmand in the Guide Michelin since 2016 .
The term smalhans originates from 17th century Germany and initially came to Bergen with the Hanseatics. Smalehans in Low German, schmalhans in High German. In Norway, we usually associate the word with being a bit low on cash.
To us, Smalhans is several things. Either it being serving a simple plat du jour, sourcing suppliers who can deliver quality produce at the right price, to make the most out of the available produce, finding old materials that no one wants to use or just seeing the value in something that others considered to be worthless.
As a result, you can always count on Smalhans for a good, wholesome, homemade meal at the right price.
The dishes can be adjusted to accommodate different needs – families with children might want half portions for the kids, a bunch of friends might want sharing plates, a couple share one dessert and so on.
WE DIVIDE THE TYPICAL DAY AT SMALHANS INTO THREE PARTS:
Lunch (11:00-16:00) can be ordered at the bar. You’ll get drinks for the table, and the chef will bring you your meal when it is ready.
Between 16:00 and 18:00 you can get our dish of the day, «dagens husmann», which is changes everyday, ranging from traditional, hearty Norwegian meal or some authentic world cuisine, be it ramen, currys or tacos. Dagens husmann can be enjoyed alone, in company or as a family meal.
In the evening (18:00 – ) you’ll find a more vibrant and lively atmosphere at Smalhans, with sharing plates, a multiplum of tastes, smart solutions and interesting combinations. We offer a 3 or 5 course tasting menu, but you’re just as welcome to pick whichever of the dishes you’d like. Our idea evolves around the sharing of food. The chefs will bring the dishes in several servings, meaning that there’s always something going on around the table.
At Smalhans we focus a lot on the produce we use, and that also counts for the beverages we serve. Our wine cabinet is filled with natural, organic and biodynamic wines. When it comes to beer, we can offer Norwegian brews from Schous, Aass, Ægir and Haandbryggeriet on tap, as well as big selection of bottled beers. We also offer a good selection of juices, lemonades and non-alcoholic beverages.
Smalhans has 80 seats, both at the bar and at tables. In addition, we have a small room, Leiligheten (‘the apartment’), which one can rent for parties, celebrations or just a football night with the guys.