on July 2, 2013
We had dinner in this restaurant on our first evening in Reykjavik. We had not really got our bearings in the city, but were looking out for somewhere reasonably priced and this seemed to fit the bill. We actually came upon it quite by chance, as we were heading back to our apartment after an afternoon of sightseeing.The restaurant has a convenient location in the city centre. It is just off the main shopping street which runs all the way down to the harbour. Vegamot is on a street off this called Vegamotastigur. We chose it based on price, so had no idea what to expect when we stepped inside.It is actually more like a bar that serves food than a restaurant - but this was good for us. We arrived around 7pm on a Sunday evening and found it was buzzing and very busy. We got the last available table in the downstairs area. It is on 2 levels, but is quite a small and cosy place.The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, attentive without overdoing it, I thought they were great. The menu was extensive with a lot of different dishes to choose from. They had salad dishes, sandwich type meals, pizzas, burgers, Mexican type food and some chef specialities. They also had a children's menu. My husband chose lobster pizza. This was delicious. It came with lots of lobster meat, was nicely presented and he thoroughly enjoyed it. It had a nice thin crust and was a great pizza. I ordered from one of their special dishes, called "Hot Spot". It sounded spicy and interesting. It was chicken with butternut squash in a spicy sauce. I was rather disappointed with it to say the least. The plate was cold, there was a lot of water/moisture on the plate which looked a bit unappetising. The chicken was moist and tasty, but the whole dish was lukewarm, as if it had been sitting somewhere while they cooked the pizza. The squash was hard and crunchy and the sauce was not really that spicy.Food served to other tables looked pretty good, my husband loved his dish, so maybe I just made a bad choice. The children's menu on paper did not look very exciting (but that is good for our picky 9 year old son). They had burger and chips, pizza, pasta with ham and tomato or fish and potatoes. Our son picked the pasta dish - it was just the right portion size, beautifully presented and tasted delicious, full of flavour, it would even have been suitable for an adult.It said on the menu there were colouring books for children and DVD players as well. We did not need either of these entertainment options, but it is useful if you have younger children who find it a struggle with the whole restaurant experience.Vegamot had a great selection of drinks - lots of different types of beers and wines.We very much enjoyed the atmosphere, it was lively (maybe a little noisy at times) but seemed to be a gathering place for locals and young families. I don't think there were too many tourists while we were eating.The decor is casual but cool and there was a little terrace outside with some tables, but it was far too cold to be outdoors that evening.We had a bit of a mixed dining experience here - two good meals, one not so good, but I think maybe I was just unlucky. Overall the food seemed very nice, it is very reasonably priced for this part of the world and the atmosphere was so lovely, I would recommend coming to Vegamot.
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