Iceland Journals

Eating Out In Iceland

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A travel journal to Iceland by fizzytom

Shalimar Pakistani Cuisine Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland More Photos
Quote: Restaurant reviews and a guide to what to eat and when on a trip to Iceland

Cafe Coco

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Restaurant | "Lunch at Cafe Coco"

Cafe Coco Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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This cosy but stylish little cafe is a great place for a modest lunch or for a coffee and cake. The menu is not exclusively vegetarian though there are meat free and organic options. The white walls are a pure blank canvas for some pretty colourful pieces of art, most of which I understand are by local artists and for sale. The thing I liked most, though, was the lighting - round globe shades made up of coloured beads which gave a slightly festive feeling to the place. The service is exceptionally friendly and attentive. Like anyone who works in a job connected to tourism and hospitality in Iceland, the lady who served us - I presume the owner - spoke perfect English and quick...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2013

Cafe Coco
Laugavegur 72
Reykjavik 101
+354 551-6131

Svarta Kaffid

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Restaurant | "The Home of the Famous Soup in a Bread Bun"

Svarta Kaffid Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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It is a fact oft repeated but eating out in Iceland is expensive. There are, however, a number of relatively inexpensive lunch options in downtown Reykjavik, among them the popular Svarta Kaffi (I assume the name translates as 'black coffee'). It's worth noting that reviews are mixed, some love it, some hate it; the truth is somewhere in between and dependent I believe on what you order. The cafe is well known for it's 'soup in a bread bun' special and on a cold April day that's what my partner and I both had, but they do some baguettes and a few hot dishes too. The location is good, a first floor joint on the main drag, and an A-board outside points out the place. The cafe is small and wh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2013

Svarta Kaffid
Laugavegur
Reykjavik 101
+354 551 2999

Balkanika

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Restaurant | "A Budget Balkan Bistro in Reykjavik"

Balkanika Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Described as a ‘kitchen cafe’ Balkanika is a cosy little bistro which occupies an almost toy-town like red building just off Reykjavik’s main drag. An A-board on the main street showing photos of a selection of their dishes will guide you there. Open daily from 11.00 am until 11.00 pm, Balkanika serves typical dishes from Bulgaria (many of which, of course, have variations across the Balkans). The owner Icelandic, but in the kitchen is his Bulgarian wife. We turned up without a reservation and were the only people dining; a group of young Bulgarian (I think) guys were drinking beers, not Bulgarian ones, but rather swish and expensive Icelandic beers from a nearby microbrewery. We hadn’t be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2013

Balkanika
Vitastigur 10
Reykjavik 101
+354 562 8484

Restaurant Reykjavik

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Restaurant | "Fill Up on Fish at Restaurant Reykjavik"

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At around £33 (at the time of visiting in April 2013) per person for the nightly fish buffet this place might sound initially pricey but you can go to the buffet as many times as you want and this covers three courses. If you love fish and seafood and want to try everything then this is the place to visit. Restaurant Reykjavik occupies a pretty traditional Icelandic house, painted yellow and very distinctive. In summer there is seating outside and it's a lovely spot as very little traffic goes by this part of the old town area of the Icelandic capital. Do make a reservation for Saturday nights in particular; we walked down at lunchtime on Saturday and managed to get a table for that evenin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 17, 2013

Restaurant Reykjavik
Vesturgata 2
Reykjavik 101
552-3030

Kryddlegin Hjortu

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Restaurant | "Veggie Heaven and Terrific Views"

Kryddlegin Hjortu Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Kryddlegin Hjortu (the name means 'Spicy Hearts' in Icelandic) is an organic buffet restaurant situated next door to the Indian Embassy in Reykjavik and boasts of having the best view of any restaurant in the city. They aren't wrong: I didn't visit every restaurant in the Icelandic capital city but I can't imagine this view being bettered. What better way to spend your lunch time then eating excellent organic fare with a breathtaking view across the bay to the snow-capped Mount Esja?It's one of the best value lunches in Reykjavik and prices are able to be low because it's essentially self service. There are two main courses at (fish or lasagne, there's a meat free version available too fo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 14, 2013

Kryddlegin Hjortu
Skulagata 17
Reykjavik 101

Shalimar Pakistani Cuisine

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Restaurant | "Spicing Up Iceland"

Shalimar Pakistani Cuisine Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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There are about five Indian restaurants in Reykjavik which is a lot considering that it's such a small city. We decided on Shalimar on Austurstraeti in the heart of Reykjavik's downtown area. It's only a small restaurant and the tables are crammed in making it rather cosy and intimate so possibly not a place for business meetings but certainly nice for couples or groups of friends. We managed to squeeze in on a busy Friday night without a reservation though there was a steady trade all evening. The restaurant is over two floors and the only toilets are up a narrow staircase.The menu offers a range of dishes from Pakistan and northern India including meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian optio...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2013

Shalimar Pakistani Cuisine
Austurstraeti 4
Reykjavik 101