This is the final addition to my blogs about my holiday to Iceland earlier in the year. Check back to my other blogs; Iceland Tours and Reykjavik for things to do, this one is all about the food. And the beer.
On the first night, after managing to successfully use the Appy hour app for a few still expensive pints, went stumbled across the Hereford steakhouse. There was a set menu deal on for the tourists, the puffin and whale menu which my boyfriend went for. Which was a deal compared to ordering off the menu, but still 6500kr (£40). This was the only night we made the mistake of ordering wine. We hadn’t quite gotten the hang of the conversion rates so just selected a bottle of the usual £6 stuff we would pick up in tesco, later to find it was £36 over there. Opps!
For my main it was lamb tenderloin with a blueberry and mustard glaze, served with a buttery baked potato and some roasted vegetables. Plus a jug of bernaise sauce. Super tasty but so gluttonous for the first night.
My boyfriends main was the whale pepper steak, again with baked potato and roasted vegetables, and a peppercorn sauce. It was not at all what we expected. I was thinking it would be quite pale, fatty and chewy, but it was actually a really dark and lean meat, but still moist. Surprisingly good.
We twice went out for traditional Iceland breakfast. First we went to Bergsson Mathus, where the breakfast included Parma ham, cheese, hummus, salad and rye bread. Plus a super white boiled egg, and some tropical fruit; pineapple and orange (these fruits are all grown in Iceland in geothermally heated green houses) and of course a small tub of the Icelandic yogurt, skyr, topped with granola. One of the best breakfasts I have had, just very odd to have it all on one plate! Such a cool wee cafe, very casual and cosy. Filled with a mix of tourists plus plenty locals.
Later in the week we went for another breakfast at the Laundromat Cafe. Again another selection of a few things which wouldn’t usually be put on the same plate. This time some Brie, sausages, bacon, roast potatoes, grilled tomato, scrambled eggs, pancakes, pineapple, watermelon and again a small dish of skyr and granola. Also served with a bread basket and some Nutella. Odd combinations but also a great brunch!
Everytime I was googling places to eat in Reykjavik the same hotdog stand came up, Baejarins Betzu Pylsur (translated as Towns Best Sausages link Here) so we had to go. There was a bit of a queue when we arrived, but we persevered through the snow and the freezing wind to get our hotdogs, and it was worth the wait. We ordered ‘the works’ which on top of the lamb based hotdog was ketchup, sweet mustard, raw onions, fried onions and mayo. Amazing. Definitely worth a trip to if you are in town.
Most of our site seeing was split up by nipping into coffee shops and bars to warm up. There is a massive coffee culture and so much choice just on the Main Street. The only times we were really drinking were during happy hour, usually up to 7 or 8pm, where the cheapest pints of local beers like Gull and Viking were £4 a pint, instead of £8. Both were really tasty, as was the slightly more expensive craft beer Einstock.
One night we decided to splash out and treat ourselves at the restaurant Grillmarkadurinn, link Here.
As we didn’t book in advance we were given a seat at the chefs table, a bar along the front of the kitchen, which was a great way to see all the dishes being created.
We did have to wait for a while, and did so downstairs in a really cool cocktail bar. I went for a gin, chilli and cucumber number. And my boyfriend a bloody Mary.
We decided to have the tasting menu, as the menu was so huge we would never decide. Also it wasn’t a bad deal at £65 each (doesn’t sound like a deal but once you price up the individual items it really is). The epic sharing tasting menu began with a duck salad, comprising of slow cooked pulled duck, on a bed of spinach and mandarin with some goats cheese crumbled on top.
Next up was crispy traditional dried fish and squid, served with tartar, radish and roasted garlic. The dried fish and squid, was quite tough, similar to beef jerky, but much drier. And I did notice this for sale in a lot of shops while Iceland.
Some puffin breast next, in the form of mini sliders, served with truffle mayonnaise. Delish!
Minke whale steak, with Asian dipping sauce. Again, amazing, it was lightly grilled and quite rare. A surprisingly tasty meat.
Some of the best sourdough bread I have had was next, with lava salt butter which perfectly complemented the bread.
Possibly my favourite of all the dishes was the salted cod, served with roasted hazelnuts, green olives. Must try and recreate this one, the fish was cooked so delicately, with great flavours.
A piece of herb smoked beef loin came next, unfortunately didn’t get a photo of it under its glass lid which captured the smoke, and was released when placed on front of us. A meal for all senses.
At this point we were thinking there couldn’t be anymore… but there was, lamb cutlets (boyfriends favourite ever food), with roasted carrots and served with a side of crumbed nuts, yogurt dressing and rich berry sauce.
Again we weren’t expecting a dessert, never mind a dessert boat with multiple puddings. The star of the show was the caramel and coffee ice cream, hidden in a chocolate sphere which was melted in front of our eyes as the waiter poured caramel sauce over the top. Amazing! There was also the traditional skyr yogurt, but this time frozen as an ice cream, served on top of a blueberry crumble. Plus a blueberry sorbet, passion fruit and chocolate tart, shards of dark chocolate, slices of tropical fruit, blueberries… the list goes on.
This was without a doubt the best meal of my life, and will be a hard one to beat.
On our final night I was quite tempted to go for some sushi (saw a good few sushi restaurants in Reykjavik) but we were swayed by the menu at K-Bar, a Korean restaurant. The photos are not great because of the red tinted lighting, but had a great meal. After over indulging all week I decided on a Korean salad with langoustine and cabbage, yum. Nice and light and refreshing getting some greens in.
But then once looked at the desert menu I couldn’t resist the toffee cronut, a cross between a croissant and a doughnut.
Wow. Great way to end a great trip!