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ÓX, Reykjavík’s Smallest & Most interesting Restaurant

My stomach began grumbling from the second I opened the web site, however first from butterflies of pleasure; “wind up your senses and begin your journey” it defined, with none photos or hints at what the meals is likely to be like. The light map within the background is Iceland within the center ages, with the legendary monsters that adopted the instances instructing us to “step… dive… play” and “eat” the culinary discovery. And that, is precisely what consuming at ÓX is like – an journey in an Iceland you’ve got by no means imagined.

ÓX, Reykjavík's Smallest & Finest RestaurantWe have been 5, embarking on a 12-course meal with out a menu, and trusted our hosts utterly.

Hafsteinn Olafsson, prestigious winner of the title ´Icelandic Chef of the 12 months 2018,´ could be cooking, and sommelier Hrói could be wine pairing. We began with rosé champagne and a few small bites – first a mouthful of cheese, onion and celeriac positioned in a glass bowl with a lid, closed on high of dried grass newly lit on fireplace got here out, adopted by tomato, lovage and salmon neatly packed collectively. 

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A spicy scallop positioned again of their shell with a spicy kick of wasabi got here subsequent, and the subsequent glass of wine was a Piemonte Chardonnay. An Icelandic pancake with lumpfish roe, an area tackle the Blini with creme fraiche changed with Icelandic skyr soaked in cream, got here subsequent, and eventually, essentially the most memorable course of the evening – rutabaga + grapes + horseradish. It regarded a bit like a donut lined in chunky jam, however the chilly, savoury style was nothing like I’ve ever tried. ÓX, Reykjavík's Smallest & Finest Restaurant

The following glass of wine was an unfiltered, naturally glowing Italian wine, and one other lid lifted revealed a foamy shock of mushrooms and egg yolk – cooked for 3 hours at 67°c to make it simply the correct consistency. Simply whenever you thought there´d be no bread to fill pointless house in your abdomen, a geothermally baked rye bread was peeled out of a milk carton and lower into half-moon shapes and served on a mattress of seeds with salty butter sprinkled with pickled angelica seeds. It was paired with an amber beer from Girl Brewery, making the mixture as satisfying as a Guinness beer. 

By this level, I used to be almost full, however they’d saved one of the best for final.

ÓX, Reykjavík's Smallest & Finest RestaurantA glass of dry German riesling completely accented the Icelandic baked cod with mussel purée, caramelised miso, and onion sauce on a plate handmade by Icelandic potter Aldis Bára. The so-called ´primary´ course got here ninth – Icelandic lamb and chanterelles with purple beets and Icelandic raspberries, together with a glass of purple Terlan Lagrein. Three candy programs adopted, carrots, lactose free hazelnut ice-cream and a decadent chocolate sandwich sliver, paired in a blurry ending of barely glowing orange Greek wine that nobody may pronounce, ´Björk´ Icelandic liqueur infused with a birch department, and Ethiopian espresso brewed in a approach scientifically inconceivable – scorching water ran from beneath up into the chemistry-looking bulb pot. ÓX, Reykjavík's Smallest & Finest Restaurant

The packaging and presentation of the programs was greater than I anticipated – it not solely made it lovely and aesthetically pleasing, which, the Japanese imagine has rather a lot to do with the style expertise, nevertheless it additionally integrated quite a lot of the native Icelandic feeling of place – stone, lava, shell and wood plates jogged my memory of how necessary nature is to Scandinavian design, and the tremendous eating really feel of consuming issues available made clay plates and specifically sculpted cups have been completely matched to stability the simplicity. We lastly obtained the menu on the finish of our journey, together with a wood spoon marked ÓX with a smoking scorching branding iron proper in entrance of our eyes. 

We have been informed the expertise could be 2.5 hours, however 3 hours later, we nonetheless sat with three half-drunk glasses of wine, schnapps and/or espresso and bowls of lava rocks with candy bites ready to search out house in our tummies. The others had sufficient power to ask about an after social gathering suggesting, taking their utterly satiated mouths to Kaffibarinn for an evening cap. I, nevertheless, went house to sleep off my meals coma. 

I could or will not be the primary common at ÓX, since consuming right here for the third time could also be a consumer file – the cooks assume no different visitor has returned twice since its opening in March. It´s not laborious to do, because the menu rotates and adjustments often, so every time I´ve been taken on a special journey, with completely different firm and even completely different cooks. There are three that rotate – Haffi, Georg and proprietor Thrainn are the masterminds behind the menu, and their joint genius wants common change to maintain up with their creativity.  

ÓX, Reykjavík's Smallest & Finest RestaurantThough it seats solely 11, don´t be discouraged by its exclusivity

– there are sometimes seats obtainable on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. There is just one seating per evening, however reserving a seat (or two or three) on their web site takes solely a minute and there are all the time seats obtainable someday quickly. When you’ve got a bunch of 10 or 11 and would really like a non-public eating expertise (it is a really perfect bachelor or hen social gathering vacation spot), e mail, or name their sister restaurant Sumac straight should you’re in Iceland: +354.537.9900.

Comply with ÓX on instagram: @ox.reykjavik. Photographs and textual content by Katrín Sif @nomadic_cosmopolitan



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