Best Restaurants in Reykjavik
Although the national diet is quickly diversifying, fish and
lamb are still consumed in great quantities - and, reportedly, it
can be quite hard always to find a vegetarian option on Iceland''s
restaurant menus. Despite this, however, Reykjavik''s restaurant
scene is exciting and cosmopolitan, as restaurateurs rush to
embrace fusion cooking, and attempt to offer fresh interpretations
of international dishes using local ingredients.
Traditional fare, available everywhere - but probably only for
the more gastronomically adventurous - includes
(dried fish-meat, eaten with butter);
(singed sheep''s head);
(sausage made from blood and offal, like black
(pickled ram''s testicles); and
(putrefied shark-meat). There is also,
controversially for some, the option of eating whale-meat while in
Iceland - and if you really want to push the boat out, you can get
it with some grated puffin on the side.
Those with tamer appetites will be relieved to know that a
staple of the Icelandic diet is the
- a good, old-fashioned hot dog, served with fried
onions, ketchup and mustard.
Fiskfelagid (Fish Company)
Fine dining in Iceland is typically centered in the incredibly
fresh and wholesome seafood. Fiskfelagid makes the most of these
assets with their celebrated cuisine served in stylish surrounds.
Try the "tour of Iceland" which is a tasting menu of modern
interpretations of traditional dishes. The lobster pizza is also
interesting. The service is friendly and skilled.
Address: Vesturgotu 2a
3 Frakkar Hja Ulfari
A restaurant perpetually full, and always full of local
Icelanders, 3 Frakkar Hja Ulfari has been described at the
'best-kept secret' of the Reykjavik restaurant scene. Tucked away
in a residential neighbourhood, the restaurant offers a beautiful
and romantic ambience, and has a world-famous selection of (mainly)
fish and seafood dishes. An ideal venue for a date, be sure to book
well, well ahead.
Address: Baldursgata 14, Reykjavik
Austur Indía Fjélagið
Described as 'the most northerly Indian restaurant on the
planet', Austur India Fjelagid offers delicious, authentic Indian
cooking, in a romantic and charming setting. Travellers cannot stop
raving about the freshness of the ingredients, and the
inventiveness with which the dishes are spiced. A highly popular
restaurant, make sure to book well ahead.
Address: Hverfisgata 56, Reykjavik
Situated in one of the oldest houses in the centre of Reykjavik,
Restaurant Lækjarbrekka is a classic Icelandic eatery serving
traditional fare in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Don't be shocked
to find horse carpaccio or whale on the menu as these are local
delicacies in Iceland. Enjoy the langoustine soup with cognac and
cream, while brave diners can sample a traditional Icelandic dish,
grilled steak of Minke whale with mashed potatoes and Brennivin
sauce. After dinner retire upstairs to the bar and cognac room to
sip on an aperitif and enjoy the Icelandic hospitality. Open daily
for lunch and dinner. Bookings recommended.
Address: Bankastræti 2
The Pearl Restaurant
The unique and exciting Pearl Restaurant is located on the top
floor of the Perlan building on a revolving platform with offers
breathtaking panoramic views over the beautiful night lights of
Reykjavik, completing a full revolution every two hours. The cool
stylish décor sets the scene for a night of luxury where diners can
feast on dishes such as the marinated Klaustur trout served with
Russian blinis (pancakes), dill cream and horseradish sauce, or the
pan fried pheasant with polenta and Porchini mushroom sauce, before
finishing things off with a passion fruit tart with mango sorbet.
Open dinner only. Bookings recommended.
Address: Perlan, Oskjuhlith
Sjavarkjallarinn (Seafood Cellar)
This award winning seafood restaurant serves some of Reykjavik's
finest seafood in a funky and contemporary setting. Located in the
city's oldest cellar, diners can feast on fusion dishes such as the
Lobster 'pick me up', served with truffle, foie gras and
cauliflower, before diving into the Icelandic salted cod served
with polenta, papaya and peach - perfection! Bookings
Address: Aðalstræti 2
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