Sushi Social - ICELANDIC FEAST

If you live or travel to Iceland, you need to try the Icelandic food because there are some dishes that you cannot try anywhere else in the world and the taste is unique. There are several restaurants in Reykjavik that sell products like whale or puffin, but no other is as good as Sushi Social. 

The restaurant is located in the central part of Reykjavik, very close to the main street, Laugavegur. The enviroment is very intimate and chic, with a very elegant vibe.

 

Do not fall in the touristic trap when it is about eating habits. Iceland’s residents do not eat puffin or whale on their everyday life, but I consider it a must to try these unique foods. Not so many people agree with eating these kind of animals, but getting to know the traditional food it’s going to be very interesting. You can try the ‘musts’ at Sushi Social taking their Icelandic Feast set menu.

 

Ø  First dish to try it’s the smoked puffin. The meat is very soft and tasty, similar to nothing you ate before. It is melting in your mouth and it comes with beet root, goat chese and crutons aside. The presentation is amazing, as the dish is coming with a glass cover and you can see the puffin in the smoke.

Ø  After such a small bird, here it comes the whale. One of the most controversary food you can have nowadays because of the danger of losing of these species. The presentation of the food is quite spectacular as it is introducing you into the sea world.

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Ø  Arctic char – a fish that you’d say in the first place that it is lax, but it is just similar in color. The taste of the arctic char is sweeter than the salmon and also it’s more delicate.

Ø  As the name of the place says, you will get few rolls of Icelandic sushi. It comes with lax and avocado and mango.

Ø  The COD – if you ate cod before, forget about it. The cod in Iceland is very fat, tasy and it keeps your hunger away for few hours. It is the most common fish in Iceland and they are also famous for the big quantity of exported cod.

Ø  Icelandic lamb – very soft meat, tasty and sweet without the typical smell of sheep. I would say it is more simillar to the beef than the lamb in other countries. It comes with babycarrots aside and souce.

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Ø  Skyr – the typical Icelandic yogurt comes with berries, blueberries and chocolate crumble. The skyr is more cheese than yogurt, but its texture is very soft and the flavour is very fresh. The bluberries are big and juicy!

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The price for the menu is 8990 isk, but it is less than trying everything separately. And it is just amazing!

SeaFood Grill

One of the best restaurants in Reykjaivik is Sjávargrillið or in English, Sea Food Grill. Their menu is based on Icelandic food, mainly seafood, but you also have options for meat. The restaurant is located on one of Reykjavik’s main streets, on the way to the famous cathedral of Reykjavik.

 

Been there serveral times, and everytime I entered the restaurant, somebody was greeting me and helped with having a table. They always make you feel welcomed and the atmosphere is very relaxing, even though it is a busy place as it is quite popular. The staff is very nice and helpful, presenting you the options for the menu of the day and providing complimentary cold water. Id rather say that this place is more on the fine dining side, but it has options for every and each taste.

The menu has a lot of options, both for lunch and dinner and the variety is big. I could say that the best you can get is the artic char, a specific fish used in Icelandic Cuisine. Also, their seafood soup is good, but maybe too salty for somebody not used with nordic food.

 

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When it comes to starters, one of the nicest looking one is the Beef Carpacio, which comes on a big plate and it makes you say “wow”.

If you are a fan of burgers, then you need to try theirs, both the reindeer and beef burger. 

When it comes to deserts, the variety is not big, maximum 5 courses. The chocolate cake and the creme brulee mousse are very good options.

When you go to this restaurant, it is better to have a reservation as it gets fully booked easily epecially for dinner. The prices are maybe higher than the average of Reykjavik, which means that one person can have 2 courses and a drink for around 10 000 isk, minimum.

Totally recommend it.

NITROGEN ICECREAM - Ísleifur Heppni

If you live or travel to Iceland, it is a must to try the icecream. For many people, especially for tourist that come from warm places in the world it it kind of strange to have an icecream at 10 degree Celsius, but the locals are in love with their icecream.

In Iceland, there are serval icecream brands that are popular, but sometimes a good presentation and authentic ingredients can lead to very good revenue. In newly opened food hall in the end of the main street of Reykjavik, Hlemmur Matholl, you can find Ísleifur Heppni , one of the most impressive icecream places in Iceland. 

 

The proccess of making icecream becomes a show as soon as they add the nitrogen step by step. 

After you stop and just want to experience the "strange" icecream show, you might think it is only a nice presentation to see in a food hall, but actually, it is also a very subtle description of Iceland. First, you experience the cold, from liquid to ice, but as this island it is all about big contrasts, there comes the fire. 

 

Very nice service, a nice show to be seen and a lot of tasty sweets put together. Even though you're in Iceland and you cannot face the cold and the wind from the outside, a good icecream can sweeten up your soul. Caramel, chocolate souce, brownie and mashmallows sound pretty nice after an Icelandic storm. 

 

Trully recommend trying out this place at Hlemmur Matholl!