Oslo, Norway's two-Michelin-starred Maaemo Restaurant has launched a riff on the chef's counter that essentially allows diners to taste "exclusive new dishes" still in development. According to an official announcement, the six-seat "Test Kitchen Table" sits on the same level as Maaemo's famous "mezzanine" kitchen, offering diners a view of both the kitchen staff at work and the Oslo skyline.
Crucially, the "Test" table serves chef Esben Holmboe Bang's regular tasting menu as well as exclusively created dishes that see Holmboe Bang experimenting with Norwegian cuisine. Early photos documenting the chef's counter experience show dishes like "smoked soft ice with dehydrated brown cheese" and duck roasted over birch wood. (A Test Table Tweet also reveals Holmboe Bang presenting dishes tableside.) Reservations for the "Test" table are the same price as the regular dining room, and bookings are available 60 days in advance.