The Reykjavik is the largest city and capital of Iceland, it has the reputation of excellent food and brimming with some of the greatest chefs of the world. Currently, the city attracts many food lovers with its traditional Icelandic food like smoked lamb, seafood’s, meats etc. however, the city has settled itself as a heaven for those who wish to test fresh Nordic cuisine. Here are the best restaurants in Reykjavik:
1. Dill Restaurant
Dill Restaurant has achieved a Michelin star in 2017, it is the first restaurant in Iceland to achieve this kind of award. The restaurant is situated in the Vatnsmyri, at the edge of the Reykjavik’s urban wet marshland. This New Nordic Dill restaurant is very beautiful as it is a well-designed restaurant and it consists modernist building. They mainly serve Scandinavian cuisine that promotes native cultures, foods, and seasonal ingredients. Besides that, they have some innovative items as well, it includes oven-baked rutabaga with cheese, herb and garlic cream along with lojrom caviar, crunchy millet, and celeriac, spinach and goats cheese etc.
The founder head Chef of this restaurant was Gunnar Karl Gislason who is currently continuing as a partner as well. Recently the Nordic Prize and White Guide Nordic named Dill is the finest restaurant in Iceland. However, the visitors can mainly expect outstanding Nordic foods with a modern menu at the noon, for example, meatballs and plokkfiskur, a delicious fish stew. The food items for dinner changes every week with three, five and seven sets of dishes available, additionally the choice of a suitable wine menu.
Grillmarkadurinn, also known as The Grillmarket is one of the pristine restaurants in Iceland. It was built in 1920 and was initially housed a cinema hall named NýjaBíó (The New Cinema). Movies were shown here up until 1987, then it was converted into a bar which burned in 1998. In 2011 another building was raised where Nýjabíó remained before. Aside from an additional floor, the new building looks like the old one, both in style and frame. Currently, this restaurant is owned and operated by the top Icelandic Chef HrefnaRósaSætran and Guðlaugur P. Frímannsson.
However, the luxurious and artistic Grillmarket restaurant collaborates with the local farmer and directly purchase their ingredients from the farm to provide the customer with an excellent mixture of both traditional and modern cuisine. The local products include beef, quail, honey, lamb, as well as trout. Besides that, its comfortable lounge provides the visitor a wide range of wines and cocktails as well. Besides that, they offer some innovative menu which includes puffin or minke whale steak, reindeer burgers etc.
The slogan of this restaurant is “without fail, all the best adventures take place under a bridge.” A tour to Reykjavik wouldn’t be full filed without testing some of Iceland’s outstanding seafood, and this comfortable restaurant in the Zimsen building offers Icelandic fish, as well as seafood,’s from all over the globe. The remarkable Zimsen building underneath the bridge was built in 1884, it was initially situated a couple of lanes away to its present area.
In the rebuilding phases of the establishment, some portion of Reykjavik’s old harbor was uncovered and changed into an artwork in the restaurant grounds by a native artist named Hjorleifur Stefansson. The owner and head chef, Lárus Gunnar Jónasson with a group of talented chef’s works very hard to make the dining experience both exciting and homey. They use the best ingredients that Iceland uses to provide. However, the glamorous and cozy Fiskfelagid has set a standard which is simply out of the world.
4. Baejarins Beztu Pylsur
If you want a reasonable, quick and tasty bite you should go for the Baejarins Beztu Pylsur (The Town’s Best Sausages). It is a small hot dog chain shop situated in the Reykjavik, Iceland. From the year of 1937, they are offering some delicious Icelandic manifestation of the sausage, which is made with a mix of pork, meat and, lamb. Besides that, they have turned out to be the main feature of runtur, Reykjavik’s weekly celebration. However, if you want a true Icelandic experience, you should go for a hot dog with ‘the works’, ketchup, remoulade, sweet mustard and fresh and fried onions. James Hetfield of Metallica and former US president Bill Clinton are very fond of this hot dog.
The Skolabrú Restaurant is situated next to the Icelandic parliament and the old city square. The large customary wood clad house was built in 1907 by Jónasi Jonassen for his daughter Sophia. However, Skolabru mainly serves Icelandic foods, based on Icelandic culture and native culinary traditions. You can try mango with sea wolf with mango, grilled lamb with Bernaise sauce as well as the chocolate soufflé.
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