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BEST RESTAURANTS IN REYKJAVÍK | HIDDEN ICELAND


What are the very best eating places in Reykjavík? With many travellers having a restricted period of time and much to select from, it may be fairly arduous to decide. This submit was, let’s say – researched, to provide you a short run down of our absolute favourites. There are way more to select from in Reykjavík than is on this record. However, when you actually have to select only one or two we promise you received’t stroll away from any of our picks sad.

In any case, if you consider Spain your thoughts instantly goes to tapas. In Denmark it’s doubtless smørrebrød. And when in Japan, it’s all concerning the sake, miso soup and sushi. It’s ingrained into the tradition of the nation and might be discovered on each nook. In Iceland nonetheless, the alternatives are way more various and delicate. Iceland’s culinary background was influenced not by abundance, however by hardship in it’s earlier years. We relied on salted, fermented and preserved meats and seafood to get by way of the tough winters. As of late, fortunately, there may be way more to select from.

You’ve in all probability heard concerning the classics; sheep’s head, fermented shark and dried fish. Little or no went to waste, actually! Assets have been few and the seasons lengthy, leading to a easy food plan clearly reflecting the tough pure circumstances through which we lived. However these much less palatable choices solely advised half the story.

In actual fact, it was an indication of spring when the birds got here to the tall cliffs. Icelanders would gleefully climb the cliffs and acquire the eggs. The fruits and berries of summer time can be made into jams. And the autumn harvests would praise the annual sheep spherical up, who roam free from Could to September. The fishing business, which stays robust to this present day, was an enormous a part of the Icelandic food plan which countered the dairy wealthy choices that will ultimately create the well-known Icelandic Skyr – a yoghurt-style deal with that almost all Icelanders will eat day by day, if no more.

Advances in expertise, within the Thirties, and the utilisation of geothermal power in greenhouses gave us Icelanders the chance to develop vegetables and fruit all 12 months spherical. A welcome high as much as the summer time shops. Issues like tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicums, strawberries, lettuce, mushrooms and even bananas might now be loved at any time of 12 months.

THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN REYKJAVIK

Iceland’s restaurant scene is at an all time excessive. Scrumptious Icelandic elements are highlighted in an exquisite manner, usually influenced by our culinary traditions. Diners from far and extensive have lots to select from. Listed under are our go to favorite eating places for dinner.

Bon Urge for food!

Coocoo’s Nest

It’s a type of locations we discover ourselves repeatedly popping into for any event; be it a weekend brunch, mid week glad hour, date nights and work lunches. Fortunate for us, our workplace is true across the nook so it’s made all of it that simpler for us! It’s a beautiful little household owned restaurant nestled within the previous harbour space of Grandi. The restaurant is informal and comfortable, and the meals is all the time high notch. The restaurant has a rotating dinner menu relying on the day of the week consisting of Taco Tuesdays, scrumptious sourdough pizzas and Italian delights.

Coocoo’s Nest
Tackle:
Grandagarður 23, 101 Reykjavík
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Mat Bar

This intimate and pleasant ‘Nordic-Italian’ place has quick grow to be trusted restaurant in our circuit for any event. Their produce-first method signifies that their menu modifications seemingly within the blink of a watch taking up the currents of the kitchen. Their dishes are tapas styled and excellent to share with the one you love on a date or with your loved ones. Excellent spot for drinks as nicely!

Mat Bar
Tackle:
Hverfisgata 26, 101 Reykjavík
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Tides Restaurant

Tides Restaurant is the signature restaurant at The EDITION Reykjavík, the place nordic delicacies is mastered by Iceland’s first Michelin-star chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason. Timeless traditions and the very best obtainable elements drive the menu for lunch or dinners, or perhaps a (bottomless) brunch on the weekend.

Tides Restaurant
Tackle: Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík
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Gaia

Gaia means Mom Earth, one who is gorgeous, unique and thrilling. She’ll greet you as you enter the principle doorways of the restaurant which is without doubt one of the model new eating places which have just lately opened in Reykjavík. Situated close to Grandi harbour space, the restaurant takes you on an unique taste-journey, primarily specializing in Asian delicacies, starting from fish, sushi and steaks. To not point out their intensive high-class cocktail bar.

Gaia Reykjavík
Tackle: Ægisgarður 2, 101 Reykjavík
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Makake Restaurant

Voted as Finest Newcomer of 2020 by Reykjavík Grapevine, it’s straightforward to know how Makake Restaurant has grow to be a beloved neighbour to Hidden Iceland within the up and coming Grandi Harbour Space. Their good, clear and honest philosophy and emphasis on handmade gradual meals ensures that they’ve the very best and freshest obtainable elements, and use at the least 40% of their elements from native producers, produced inside 100 km away. Makake serves totally different menus relying on what day of the week; Thursday nights are dumpling nights, Sando brunches on Fridays and bottomless brunches on Sundays.

Makake Restaurant
Tackle:
Grandagarður 101, 101 Reykjavík
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Brút Restaurant

Brút Restaurant is a fish restaurant and bar that opened it’s doorways within the fall of 2021 in one among Reykjavík’s oldest and charming buildings, sharing it’s area with Radisson Blue 1919 Resort and Café O-Le. The menu include seafood from the huge ocean that surrounds us, altering seasonally. The kitchen is mastered by Ragnar Eiríksson, the previous head chef of Dill Restaurant. Co owned with very long time sommelier and restauranter Ólafur Örn Ólafsson. As such, the wine record is intensive and is extra like a very good ebook than a wine record.

Brút Restaurant
Tackle: Pósthússtræti 2, 101 Reykjavík
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Public Home Gastropub

This restaurant affords smaller dishes designed to share amongst {couples} or group of mates. Don’t be mistaken although, there may be all the time lots to go spherical. Right here, they showcase conventional Icelandic elements with a Japanese aptitude leading to actually scrumptious, fairly priced dinner choices that we go to over and over. Don’t let the So Not Pizza and JFC Rooster cross you by.

Public Home Gastropub
Tackle:
Laugavegur 24, 101 Reykjavík
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Hósíló Restaurant

It takes somebody actually daring to open up a brand new restaurant in the midst of the pandemic. However they did it and never solely made it however thrived by way of the restrictions following the pandemic. It’s a great place for a very good dinner; it’s menu is small and rotates on a weekly foundation, solely consisting of appetisers, three sorts of mains (vegetarian, fish and meat possibility) and desserts utilising the very best elements obtainable every week. The ambiance is cozy and intimate, however the tastes are distinctive and massive.

Hósíló Restaurant
Tackle:
Hverfisgata 12, 101 Reykjavík
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La Primavera

The Italian restaurant La Primavera is Reykjavík’s longest residing restaurant. Their head chef Leifur Kolbeinsson first launched Icelanders to freshly made pasta in 1993. In 2011 they closed for just a few years, however re-opened for his or her twenty fifth anniversary, and returned even stronger within the picturesque Marshall Home in Grandi Harbour Space. Only in the near past, they opened their second location on the 4th ground of Harpa Convention Corridor. The restaurant marries Italian traditions with Icelandic elements, specializing in simplicity and wonderful Italian delicacies.

La Primavera
Tackle: Marshall Home, Grandi & Harpa Convention Corridor, 4th ground
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ÓX

The restaurant arrives like a breath of recent air, this just lately opened gem is one to strive when you’re searching for an actual deal with, for particular events. This intimate 11 visitor restaurant is hidden inside one other restaurant. Whereas Sumac Restaurant, worthy of this record in its personal proper touches on Moroccan and Lebanese tones, Óx appears nearer to dwelling and takes you on an journey of Iceland that you just’ve by no means imagined. Aided by free flowing wine, the fourteen chunk sized programs turns into the setting for friendship constructing earlier than lengthy.

The chef is simply as a lot part of the expertise because the meals in sharing the place every ingredient comes from. Studying the again story of the only retired farmer who supplies the duck, or that the superbly roasted garlic took 6 weeks to arrange, makes every chunk all the higher. Eating at Óx is an expertise that’ll linger in your palate for days to come back and in your reminiscence for years. A really distinctive eating expertise, not like another. Guide far prematurely as this hidden gem sells out quick.

ÓX Restaurant
Tackle:
Laugavegur 28, 101 Restaurant
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Fortunately, there may be an abundance of eating places to select from in Reykjavík nowadays. Starting from informal and low cost take away, to extravagant treat-yourself model dinners. It’s an thrilling time to be a foodie in Reykjavík! One method to get a fast introduction into the classics and the tradition round meals is to hitch a Reykjavík Meals Stroll. Or just make your manner across the wonderful eating places positioned within the downtown space.

 

Dagný Björg Stefánsdóttir | CEO, Sales Manager, Co - Owner | Hidden Iceland

 

Hello, I’m Dagný Björg, Reykjavík-dweller, mom, designer and freelance journalist. I like getting misplaced in nature, espresso and straightforward Sunday mornings.

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