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23.1.2014

You Can't Hurry Love

Einar Ben is one of those restaurants in Reykjavík that seems to be a permanent fixture in the city. They’ve been there for as long as I can remember, serving up Icelandic cuisine—as far as that concept goes—for generations.
10.1.2014

L'Italia Il Modo Americano

When Uno first opened its doors in 2011 it was a revelation. Finally, there was an Italian restaurant in Reykjavík that served fresh pasta dishes without leaving the customer bankrupt in the process.
16.12.2013

Six Ways You Can’t Go Wrong This Holiday Season

No one loves a good Christmas feast more than we do, but four straight days with family and increasingly unappetizing leftovers can occasionally be trying.
27.11.2013

An Abandoned Amusement Park With A One-Horse Carousel

The freezing gale spat us inside like chewed skoal. Past the yellow façade with the green palm tree silhouette and into the wonderfully gaudy pan-Asian dining room decked out in the international language of the prefab Chinese restaurant: Foo Dogs, ornate panels and all-gold-everything.
22.11.2013

A Moss Interesting Tipple...

We at Grapevine towers believe ourselves to be experts at many things, be they food, culture or mixed martial arts.
15.11.2013

Into The Cave

I was so excited to visit Cava after browsing their menu that the drooling shorted out my keyboard.
11.11.2013

Hair Of The Dog That Bit Me

In order to nurse the wounds of Airwaves weekend, I went on a Tuesday afternoon hunt for the elusive Icelandic Bloody Mary.
22.10.2013

Not Just A Pretty Place

We could all use a little more culture in our lives, and museum cafés are a great way of satisfying our need for aesthetic enrichment while also quieting the growl in our tummies.
11.10.2013

The Friendly Foodhouse

Tucked away behind Iceland’s House of Parliament, Bergsson Mathús or Foodhouse is surprisingly bright and cheery for a basement café.
7.10.2013

Revival Of The Fittest

Argentína has been a well-known establishment in Reykjavík since it first opened in 1989, but its heyday was undoubtedly in the ‘90s.
27.9.2013

Come For The Baba Ganush

On a Friday night in Reykjavík, you simply couldn’t ask for a more peaceful, intimate setting.
20.9.2013

Mystery Trip Made The Night

Forréttabarinn literally means “the bar of starters.” It is situated close to the harbour in an abandoned warehouse of some sort.
13.9.2013

Potentially Great, But Not Just Yet

MAR is a relatively new place situated next to the harbour, which explains the name “Ocean.”
10.9.2013

Reykjavík By Food

I met my tour guides at the ITM Tourist Information Office on Bankastræti.
6.9.2013

Spice Up Your Life

Nepal is home to mountains that are magnets for freeze-dried corpses, sky burials and the sticky hash that may have killed Bruce Lee.
30.8.2013

Aunt Flóra

A glass oasis in Reykjavík’s botanical garden. Perennial favourite of sewing circles and book clubs.
28.8.2013

No Reservations: Hipster Casual Dining

Nora Magasin opened earlier this year under the ownership and guidance of celebrity chef Völli Snær from the next-door Borg Restaurant.
23.8.2013

On A Date With Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson: The Vegan Sausage King Of Iceland

A large glob of water keeps dripping out of someone’s rain-gutter onto my head as I huddle in a doorway, waiting for my mid-morning date, Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson.
21.8.2013

I Dream Of Cheeses

Two years ago, I made a Seinfeldian pact with a friend to go the entire month of February without consuming any beer or cheese—both of us having a strong penchant for artisanal products in particular.
20.8.2013

This Is How We Chill

We are standing in the parking lot surrounded by an army of baby blue Ísbíllinn ice cream trucks—ambitious soldiers of cream and sugar and happiness.
16.8.2013

A Fresh Squeeze

You need five servings of fruit and vegetables a day; why not start with a lemon?
9.8.2013

The Great Grillsby

Grillið is where casual meets grand hotel fine dining. It has incorporated certain elements of the new casual dining style, but omitted others.
2.8.2013

Gold, Silver... KOPAR!

Walk-ins, sad to say, belong to a bygone era of Reykjavík. Nowadays if you call to inquire about dinner you’re given the standard have-an-afternoon-snack-at-six or starve-until-ten ultimatum.
26.7.2013

Crossroads

Vegamót is a hodgepodge of diffe­rent cuisines. The name literally means “crossroads” and it fits like a patchwork glove. But that needn’t be a bad thing—it’s the kind of any­thing goes bistro with generous servings, fairly reasonable prices ?and a laid-back vibe.
19.7.2013

A Stellar Cellar

The University of Iceland was the last place I expected to be busy on a rainy midsummer afternoon, but beneath dim coloured lights, the basement lounge Stúdentakjallarinn was buzzing with activity.
18.7.2013

Best Place To Take A Date: Tapas Barinn

Reykjavik has a lot of places for bodies, but it has fewer places for souls. Tapas Barinn is a place for souls.
15.7.2013

Taste The Happy!

It had only been open for three weeks when Ísbúðin Valdís was making 800 litres of ice cream every three days, 1,400 waffle cones a day, and had a line of customers spilling into the street for twelve hours straight.
12.7.2013

Best of Reykjavík 2013: Dining and Grubbing

We can hear your stomach grumbling from our third-floor office. Go on, get grubbing!
8.7.2013

Best Late Night Bite

I still remember my first journey to Nonnabiti (“Nonni’s Bite”).
5.7.2013

Best of Reykjavík 2013: Drinking and Nightlife

Whether you're looking to dance until your shoes have no soles or just want a place to kick back and watch the game, we'll point you in the right direction.
28.6.2013

As Far From Mexico As Iceland

As far as fast food in Iceland goes, there are few establishments that have a more attractive name than “Red Chili.”
21.6.2013

(Getting) Old Style

One of the first burger joints to really hit it off in Iceland, American Style was something of a legend in its early days when “American” still meant “state-of-the-art."
17.6.2013

Pan-ambus

If there were something Reykjavík could use more of in the gastronomic sphere, it would be ethnic restaurants.
7.6.2013

Fish-and-Miss

Perched on the corner of Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur, this secluded little hideaway is the perfect post for people watching.
3.6.2013

Smooth And Sofishticated

I’ve had lunch here once before and was pleasantly surprised by the stunning quality of the food. Perhaps it’s the inconspicuous location or the unimpressive façade, but this place hardly seems to get any mention—I’ve certainly never heard anyone rave about it the way I have raved about it.
24.5.2013

Seems Like Old Times

It was with great pride and excitement when I set out to review what was once one of my favourite restaurants: Við Tjörnina.
20.5.2013

Dayhawks At The Diner

‘The quintessential diner is not easy to come by in Iceland, at least not if you have anything resembling Edward Hopper’s masterpiece Nighthawks’ in mind.
16.5.2013

The Perfect Eurovision Party

Whether you are letting el vino flow for pure fun or pounding ‘em back to get you through the roughness, spice up your Eurovision party by making a game out of it.
10.5.2013

The Best Fix In The City

If you’re looking for unforgettable ethnic food, head up the street from the Hlemmur bus station to Ban Thai restaurant and all your dreams will come true
5.4.2013

No Reason To Start Throwing Tomatoes

I have walked passed Rossopomodoro (“The Red Tomato”) nearly every single day over the past couple of years and never once have I seen it empty during opening hours.
22.3.2013

Something Out Of Plaice

“It should be possible to build a pagoda of crispbread, to think of nothing, to hear no thunder, no rain, no splashing from the gutter, no gurgling around the house. Perhaps no pagoda will emerge, but the night will pass.”
-Man in the Holocene by Max Frisch
18.3.2013

A Night Of Kilts And Offal

It seems that Kex has become the Mecca of regional drinking holidays and beer events.
6.3.2013

Ten People Share A Margarita At Harlem

Reykjavík’s watering holes primarily serve beer—lots and lots of run-of-the-mill beer from the tap—but not all of us are run-of-the-mill beer drinkers and some of us even like to enjoy a cocktail from time to time.
18.2.2013

The Bruce Wayne Of Basement Bistros

The coffee house 10 Dropar is leading a double life.
15.2.2013

The Grapevine’s Sónar Survival Guide

Greetings festivalgoer! Since this is the first ever edition of Sónar Reykjavík, we are all in a sense first timers.
1.2.2013

Cougar Town

I did not go into Gló with an open mind. Gló is a health food cafeteria with a focus on vegetarian, raw food and vegan options and those aren’t my kind of options.
29.1.2013

My Top Three Restaurants In Iceland

When people hear that I write about food, the first question is always: "what is the best restaurant in Iceland?"
22.1.2013

Open And Shut

The restaurant scene is a brutal game of musical chairs where key locations will see an endless stream of new owners and new names, while the old ones get ushered, unceremoniously, out into the harsh light of day
2.1.2013

Plain Sailing

Skólavörðustígur has really come into its own lately as a bustling tourist street. It runs in a straight line down the hill from the church and is lined with design shops and hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
27.12.2012

And A Ptarmigan In A Pear Tree

Every year, nearly five thousand people flock to the mountains of Iceland to hunt rock ptarmigan, a medium-sized grouse commonly known as simply ptarmigan (snow chicken or partridge in North America).
25.12.2012

Sure, You Can Say Hamborgarhryggur. But Can You Make It?

The principal of the home economics school Hússtjórnarskólinn í Reykjavík walks us through the making of hamborgarhryggur, a traditional Icelandic Christmas dinner.
20.12.2012

Happy Hangikjöt

No Icelandic Christmas is complete without hangikjöt, or smoked lamb.
11.12.2012

Loki Laufabrauðsson

There are four basic types of Icelandic cuisine: 1) historical revisionist food; 2) older soul food; 3) the stuff that the younger generation eats; and 4) Icelandic New Nordic cuisine. Café Loki takes a little from the first category and a little from the second one.
26.11.2012

Cute Overload

“I love tapas. They’re like appetisers for a meal that never comes.” –Marge Simpson
21.11.2012

Make Your Own Kleinur!

Kleina (plural kleinur) is an Icelandic fried pastry that has been popular domestically for at least two centuries.
9.11.2012

How To Lose Friends & Alienate People

Although its name, which is written in a font borrowed from the Danish chocolate company Anthon Berg, makes the place sound like a Turkish teahouse, Aldin is no such place.
1.11.2012

Hangover Grub In 101

Five days of music in the heart of Reykjavík. Five days of getting sandblasted by arctic winds in a queue of adorable teenagers in waddling up to the balrog in front of the door while trying to hide the bulge of duty free vodka in their impractical trousers.
24.10.2012

A Bareknuckle Trolley Ride Through Iceland’s Supermarkets

You are riding a blue light of compassion after communicating with the crystal flower at the bottom of the crawling man-lake of Ungh-Fwak.
1.10.2012

Oh No You Don’t! Not Our Skyr!

Rows of small circular tubs in an array of colours are a familiar sight to visitors who stop off at an Icelandic supermarket and head straight to the dairy refrigerator.
26.9.2012

Eat Your Way Through Iceland’s Fauna

Lækjarbrekka is in that black tar hut at the end of Bankastræti, next to the Ellis Island of tourist info kiosks.
21.9.2012

Fish Company! (Not The Fish Market)

Fish Company (Fiskfélagið) is that really good seafood place you’ve heard so much about that is not Fish Market (Fiskmarkaðurinn).
18.9.2012

Berg Is The Word

Bergsson like their bread grainy, their food local and their Simon garfunkeled.
12.9.2012

Guillemot Del Toro

Walking over to Steikhúsið, located at the ever-popular restaurant hub around the whale watching tours on the west side of Reykjavík, I bet my wife that the restaurant’s interior would be heavy on greys and dark browns, with an open kitchen, medium lighting, leather, groaningly rugged with a bull’s head hanging on the wall.
3.9.2012

Ooooh, Baby I Like It Raw

I remember when Sushibarinn first opened in 2007— although I don’t think it was the first to serve sushi in Reykjavík, it was around that time that it dawned on me just how damn cosmopolitan and charming my little fishing village was becoming.
27.8.2012

Fresh Meat In Reykjavík

Dolly just opened at Hafnarstræti 4 and is already vying for/clambering up the shitheap towards... the title of the hippest place in Reykjavík.
24.8.2012

Sizzling Weekend Expected

A delegation from the United States of America landed at Keflavík this week for the start of an international diplomatic mission on one of the foremost issues of the global agenda for the future of humanity. That’s right, bacon.
3.8.2012

Yummy Gummy, Mucho Tasty

First thing you need to know about Slippbar is that the plates get served the moment they are ready. We made the mistake of ordering charcuterie and what I figured qualified as a first course and a main course together, and they all arrived immediately and all at the same time. So we ended up looking like a pair of blob monsters with a broken fridge.
27.7.2012

Lady, I Got Buddies Who Died Face Down in The Muck So That You and I Could Enjoy This Family Restaurant!

Lebowski Bar only has one significant downside. When I’ve gone there on a Friday night I find I tend to bump into a measure of the rat-bastard wannabe thugs that Reykjavík has in ample supply.
25.7.2012

Wings Of Love

Úrilla Górillan (“The Grumpy Gorilla”) is a bar with two locations, specialising in small groups, American grub, too much beer and finding an outlet for our inner cannibal necrophiliacs through the ritualised watching of organised sports.



23.7.2012

Slippbarinn: A Bar For Nerds

Slippbarinn isn’t one of the pubs you might stumble into downtown in the midst of a weekend drunken reverie. Rather, it’s a classy little place found by the harbour, in Icelandair Hótel Reykjavík Marina.
19.7.2012

The Best of Reykjavík 2012: Dining and Grub

Hamborgarabúlla Tómasar has won this category ever since we started compiling our BEST OF list back in aught nine, and for good reason: they make delicious burgers.
18.7.2012

Selling The Town's Best Hot Dogs For 75 Years

The Grapevine has a soft spot for Bæjarins Beztu. The famous hot dog stand is conveniently parked right outside our offices and for the small sum of 500 ISK it’s difficult to find a better hot dog and a coke.
16.7.2012

Seven Great Dishes To Try In Iceland

Grapevine's resident food writer gives seven top tips for some of what you simply must try whilst in Reykjavík...
13.7.2012

WHEN THE MOON HITS YOUR FACE...

…means that the moon has collided with earth killing all of mankind and similes about pizza pies are the least of your worries!
29.6.2012

Rub-A-Dub-Dub

The Seafood Cellar closed its doors earlier this year and in its place we have Rub23 from Akureyri, opening its second location in Iceland. The Seafood Cellar was one of the best and most progressive restaurants in Iceland, so I think it’s fair to say that the people at Rub23 have their work cut out for them.
22.6.2012

Southern Fried Swayze

My only food allergy is hype and Roadhouse has received a fair bit of it. So it was with trepidation that I arrived to this castle of carnage and overindulgence with a cultish devotion to the diabetic tip of the American food pyramid.
15.6.2012

Steve Holt!

Don’t be fooled by the '70s vibe it outwardly projects: Hótel Holt can be surprisingly charming and its restaurant, Gallery, is a prime example of that.


11.6.2012

Pho Sizzle

Globalisation works in mysterious ways. Iceland is not host to any great Italian, French or Mexican restaurants, but we have good Thai, good Ethiopian, solid Nepalese and scores of vaguely authentic Japanese food of varying quality...and now Reykjavík boasts its first proper Vietnamese restaurant.
1.6.2012

No Quarter To The Seal-Eating Mussels!

On a windy Reykjavík afternoon I entered the romantic harbour haunt Höfnin (The Harbour). Little did I know that 90 minutes later I would end up anchored at the marina by a restaurant slyly infusing me with butter and glaze.
28.5.2012

Màs Organica. Màs Sensual. Màs Salad Bar.

Kryddlegin hjörtu is wedged between the Indian Embassy on the left and the social security office on the right, which strangely enough sort of sums the restaurant up perfectly—sort of ethnic and very affordable.
21.5.2012

Beach Nourishment

Nauthóll is a rare type of restaurant where the majority of year-round customers are Icelandic. And small wonder, since it’s ten minutes walking distance from the nearest hotel and thirty minutes walking distance from downtown.
9.5.2012

Exploring Icelandic Coffee Culture

It’s hard to miss that Icelanders are big coffee drinkers. They drink a lot of coffee.

4.5.2012

Meet Iceland’s Award-Winning Raw Food Chef

Sólveig Eiríksdóttir, better known as Solla, was recently voted “Favourite Raw Gourmet Chef” and “Favourite Raw Simple Chef” in the annual Best of Raw contest, which accepts nominations and votes through their website bestofrawfoods.com.

26.4.2012

Nosh, Nosh, Nosh

Forréttabarinn specialises in starters—but think tapas meets bistro rather than 2-for-1 hot wings.



13.4.2012

DELAY THE HUNGER STRIKE

When I heard about Gandhi I immediately welcomed the idea even before looking at the menu.
30.3.2012

OM NOM NAM

Nam is a curiosity. Nam offers a Pan-Asian fusion menu designed by a chef coming straight from top shelf Michelin restaurants like Opera Källaren in Stockholm.



23.3.2012

Truly Sated

It’s worth mentioning that all reviews are done in context. A place like Nam will be measured against other ambitious fast food places and a beautifully designed hotel restaurant with a very promising menu will be reviewed against its peers.

1.3.2012

Today Is Beer Day!

Yes, today is Iceland’s beer day! It was only on March 1, 1989 that beer became legal in Iceland.
20.2.2012

Happy Bun Day!

Today is Bun Day, or Bolludagur, which is celebrated on the Monday before Lent starts, seven weeks before Easter.
20.2.2012

Grapevine Beer-Off 2

A penetrating dialogue about the merits and demerits of selected Icelandic microbrews.
6.2.2012

Painted Ship Upon A Painted Ocean

Back in the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre.
3.2.2012

Happy Restaurant Day!

Restaurant Day—which has been wildly successful in Finland—will come to Reykjavík for the first time on February 4.
24.1.2012

Five Food Things I Want To See More Of In 2012

Five food things that Ragnar Egilsson wants to see more of in 2012.
10.1.2012

Five Food Things That Made Me Happy In 2011

Five Food Things That Made Ragnar Egilsson Happy In 2011
6.1.2012

Under The Paving Stones, The Fish

Down the block from Fjalakötturinn, below street-level, through the Geysir building, nestles Sjávarkjallarinn (“The Seafood Cellar”), formerly of fusion but newly of the new Nordic seasonal bandwagon.
12.12.2011

The Grapevine Christmas Beer-Off

The Grapevine christmas beer-off
2.12.2011

Rudolph the Medium Rare Reindeer

Fjalakötturinn is Hotel Centrum’s corrugated conjoined twin. Despite the faux-antique exterior, the buildings are riddled with cultural heritage within and without. The hotel and restaurant at Aðalstræti 16 stand by the oldest street in Reykjavík, Aðalstræti literally translates to “Main Street.”
18.11.2011

Off To See The Wizard

Harry’s has been the topic of much discussion in the Icelandic media lately.
4.11.2011

Dining In The Borg Starship

Harpa looks a lot better on the inside, doesn’t it? From the outside it’s a sooty ice-cube blocking my view of my favourite range of mountains. On the inside it’s a cavernous house of mirrors with comfortably strange angles.

13.10.2011

THE NEW KID ON THE BUTCHER’S BLOCK

Grillmarkaðurinn is the new contender in the Icelandic steakhouse circuit.
7.10.2011

Shiny HaPPy People

Happ is full of new ideas and fresh talent, but seems to stretch out in all directions, embracing every ideology and theme, some less compatible than others.
23.9.2011

FUNKY CHICKEN

“You know I don’t eat pork, not because I’m a Muslim—I just don’t really like it. But I really will fuck a bird up”
    – Immortal Technique (‘Beef & Broccoli’)

19.9.2011

LET’S SPLIT A SAUSAGE TART

Litli bóndabærinn (like St. Paul's) is very much a one-person show. David, owner and sole employee (for the time being) is responsible for every aspect of the operation and is quite an attraction in his own right.
14.9.2011

WHERE TO FIND YOUR MEAT AND VEG

For those who don’t feel like trolling the local restaurants but are similarly underwhelmed by the selection at their local pink piggy or yellow coin supermarket, here’s a quick list of suggestions for raw ingredients.
9.9.2011

THE BAGUETTE SLINGER

Now, I am not a food snob. Food snobs probably make jokes like "the meal was less degustation than a disgustination" (do they?) and douse their morning quail egg omelette in Verjus and Lambda oil (probably not...).
8.9.2011

A CLEAN, WELL-LIGHTED PLACE

Durum is a lunch place. It’s more than a hole-in-a-wall, but not by much. It’s clean and white, with some plants strewn around the place. Some of them herbs, some there for decoration.
2.9.2011

Brain Food For Thought Off The Beaten Track

First off, a little waxing lyrical:
Last year my partner and I meandered across Iceland on a budget of 3.000 ISK/day with nothing but an old Toyota jeep, our wits and a flimsy tent.
26.8.2011

THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED CRACKERS

The owners of Kex would have me know that they consider it a tavern, not a gastro-pub. I would have you know that Kex most definitely is a London gastro-pub by way of Brooklyn (with a hostel slapped on top for good measure). 
22.8.2011

PATRIOT GRUB!

When you find a bar/restaurant named Íslenski barinn (The Icelandic Bar) in the capital of Iceland there are probably two thoughts that come to mind: One, it is a tacky tourist trap, or two, it's clunky patriotism.
15.8.2011

SORRY, NO MONK MEAT

The idea of a Viking themed bar triggers the same knee-jerk reaction that natives get when they're confronted with the puffin plush toys and plastic helmets shops in downtown Reykjavík. 

9.8.2011

BLAH REYKJAVÍK

Thai Reykjavík is an extension from Suðurnes-fave Thai Keflavík. They recently opened in the old location of Kínahúsið, a friendly old building that’s well situated in downtown Reykjavík.
I arrived just after lunch service, having missed the very reasonable 1490 ISK lunch offer.
2.8.2011

SIGHING OF THE LAMBS

1919 Restaurant is on the first floor of the Radison Blu 1919 Hotel (luckily that wasn’t the first mouthful of the evening).
22.7.2011

ROUND 2: NOODLEGEDDON!

Last time we reviewed Núðluskálin was a year ago, and in comparison with their Skólavörðustígur neighbours, Noodle Station.
15.7.2011

THE BURGERS THAT ATE LAUGAVEGUR

The waitress was in a strange mood. She freely admitted that her humour was a little hit-and-miss. Iceland is not exactly famed for inclusiveness or for toeing the line of social decorum, so we will chalk that one up to local colour.

13.7.2011

Hamborgarabúllan: The Modest Burger

Many Americans visiting Iceland respond to this country's version of the hamburger with a range of reactions, from surprise to bewilderment. Raw cucumbers? Why no tomatoes? And what's this weird pink sauce?
11.7.2011

The Secret Ingredient Is Love

When we had a meeting leading up to the making of our Best Of issue, and the question was raised regarding best pizza, it seemed there was the closest thing to total consensus you could expect from a group as diverse as the one we had assembled.
8.7.2011

The Restaurant That Brought The Pizza Margherita To Iceland!

Three decades ago, Icelanders couldn’t go out for a pizza margherita without getting on an airplane.
7.7.2011

Straight From The Farm

Wedged between a 10-11 grocery store and an ice cream parlour, Frú Lauga on Laugalækur road is the closest thing you will find to a farmer’s market in Reykjavík.
6.7.2011

Tómas Boonchang Is The Real Deal

Ask for chopsticks, a knife, or heaven forbid, soy sauce, and you shall not receive. Friendly Ban Thai owner and chef Tómas Boonchang is clear about that.
4.7.2011

Jómfrúin: Where You Go For Lunch

I admit I'm not really familiar with the concept of Danish smørrebrød, the open-faced sandwiches that are a part of the nation's character. Jómfrúin, the first restaurant to sell these famed sandwiches in Iceland.
1.7.2011

DILL REIGNS SUPREME

This is Grapevine’s annual best of, top of the pops issue. Now, I am not one for superlatives. I continually come back to Dill. Dill is on the top of my list.
24.6.2011

At Least The Grappa Was Good

Tis the season I am usually consuming a heavy dose of fine art washed down by the afternoon spritz and evening prosecco of a Venetian piazza.
17.6.2011

Welcome To The Neighbourhood

The wind must be blowing just right, as we could have walked blindfolded down Skólavörðustígur to find Sjávargrillið. The smell of a seafood grill grew stronger on approach.
14.6.2011

How Icelanders Eat

I know Aunt Freyja would rather have half a sheep’s head or hangikjöt (smoked lamb) with Ora peas any day of the week.


10.6.2011

“Why should I return for a soggy potluck and some frozen fries?”

As the old joke goes: the quickest way to get a million krónur in the restaurant business is to start with two million.
3.6.2011

"This establishment is truly a labour of love"

Only a handful of cities around the world can boast wearing the Nepalese jewel in their culinary crown, and Reykjavík is fortunate to be one them.
13.5.2011

“Baby Wipes? What Baby Wipes?”

A few weeks ago my partner and I began venturing on regular pram walks with our bouncing little bundle of joy. As we meandered towards the ducky pleasures of the pond we would often stroll by the recently opened baby café/restaurant Iðunnarepli, situated in Templarasund, right across the street from the Alþingi parking lot.
6.5.2011

“Breast feed with your right arm, slug down a cold one with the left”

In 2009 and 2010 a record number of babies, nearly ten thousand (5.026 in 2009, 4.907 in 2010), were born in Iceland. This country has not seen a baby boom on this scale in fifty years!
19.4.2011

"This working man’s Thai is served in befitting behemoth proportions"

Núðluhúsið is a bit of guilty indulgence of mine, and a secret Sunday evening haunt amongst a small circle of my friends. You see, we learned a secret a while back: Núðluhúsið cures hangovers.
8.4.2011

Holy Basil, Ban Man!

Time for another one of my own miniature weekend film festivals. No, not a weekend of Pedro Almodóvar films, nor their naughty Thai remakes.
25.3.2011

Take A Long Look In The Mirror, Saffran

To vomit is to make less the depth of grief. Still ill from our evening last, I have but little ink I will to spill over this matter, for time is too precious to squander over a love unrequited. It is over. Sod off.

 
11.3.2011

Here's To The Revolution!

With revolt sweeping across the Middle East and Northern Africa, I have been singing the praise of revolution as of late, and daydreaming of the plausibility that we next look east, borrow upon this rhetoric for our own domestic purpose and coalesce.
18.2.2011

"It would be a pity for anyone to miss this"

I must have walked by this place a hundred times since it opened on Lækjargata in September, learning of its existence only through word of mouth.
4.2.2011

“For the best burger west of Vatnajökull..."

Since its television debut, Hamborgarafabrikkan has been all the rage in Reykjavík.
10.1.2011

Good Dish, Bad Dish

Despite the fact that I’ve been writing on these here food pages for a whole year now (where has the time gone?) the three of us are at a complete loss for what to eat for dinner.
17.12.2010

A Very Long Wait

A bustling, cave-like locale, The Fish Company (Fiskifélagið) provides fine sanctuary from the cold winds outside.
3.12.2010

In the White Room

Vox. I had heard the name as if it were legend. This mythical place that sends taste buds to heaven and wallets into therapy.
19.11.2010

Fish and Chips with a Twist

I’ve walked past Icelandic Fish & Chips hundreds of times and each and every time I have found myself scoffing at the restaurant’s name.
5.11.2010

Tapas Barinn

My date and I departed my casa the Sunday post-Airwaves feeling a little worse for wear.
14.10.2010

Food Festival Fun

It’s Airwaves, people! Sleep ‘til noon, drink all day, rock out all night, repeat.
8.10.2010

Eat Fresh No More

It is a glamorous life, that of a food reviewer.
30.9.2010

Not so Luxurious in Paris

Did you know that Café Paris serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday?
24.9.2010

Bulls-eye in Nauthólsvík

It was a gorgeously sunny and crisp mid-morning when my date and I ventured out to Nauthólsvík for the Sunday brunch at the bright and airy Nauthóll Bistro.
15.9.2010

Soup of the Day

It’s that time of the year. Albeit slowly, the days are shrinking and the mercury is dropping.
8.9.2010

The Real Deal

Take one: My charming date and I had spoons and forks on the brain and simultaneously declared “Aha! Let’s venture up Laugaveur to Ban Thai!”
7.9.2010

Krua Thai

With watering mouths, my date and I arrived at Krua Thai.
20.8.2010

Bed And (very basic) Breakfast

A search for a morning bite in Seyðisfjörður took my breakfast date and I to Hótel Aldan (Norðurgata 2), where a breakfast buffet is served daily for 1.650 ISK.
13.8.2010

Food And Culture

The Skaftfell Cultural Centre, Bistro and Café (Austurvegur 42) is the type of place that Iceland could use more of.
6.8.2010

Home-style Harbour Cookin’

If you want a really good seafood meal, it’s best to get as close to the source as possible.
30.7.2010

Still Got It

Entering Shalimar on a Monday night was a treat, and immediately put my date and I in good spirits. The tables were full and the atmosphere buzzing as scents of bubbling curries rose from the kitchen, tickling our noses and stirring our appetites.
20.7.2010

Coffeeshop Icelandic

A cosy new café has opened for business in 101 Reykjavík.
20.7.2010

A Surprising Surprise

When we last reviewed Rauðará, way back in 2008, we remarked that the “most positive part of the Rauðará experience is not really the food itself, but the positively comfortable settings it is served in.”
19.7.2010

We're Going Back To Madonna, That's For Sure

We felt good about Madonna as soon as we entered.
13.7.2010

Giving Reykjavík The Kick It Deserves

Sixteen years ago Reykjavík's food palette lacked seasoning and spice. It was a time where the average Icelander had tried almost every fruit on its waning tree and was in dire need of some taste bud rejuvenation.
12.7.2010

Veggin' Out For 35 Years

Á Næstu Grösum started serving delicious veggie food on Laugavegur way back in 1975.
8.7.2010

The Best Scoop Around

Ísbúðin Ísland only recently joined the crowd of ice cream stores dishing out cold creamy goodness to Reykjavík residents.
8.7.2010

Italy On Ice

Thirty years ago in Reykjavík there were very few restaurants, much less ones serving up authentic fare from foreign lands.
7.7.2010

Savoury Saffran

Healthy, tasty, exotic, and very reasonably priced, Saffran is totally one of our favourite places to eat in Reykjavík.
7.7.2010

Bæjarins Beztu, Seriously

The Icelandic pylsa: possibly the only hot dog with the ability to unite an entire nation, for better or for worse.
6.7.2010

You Have To Try It

For the last 40 years, Ísbúð Vesturbæjar has served some most delicious ice cream in Reykjavík.
5.7.2010

Love It Raw

It’s fitting that the restaurant sharing a building with the Rope Yoga studio in Laugardalur is called Gló—it seems to capture the very feeling of completing an intense session of stretches and poses, with newly loosened muscles and a sense of accomplishment.
2.7.2010

Lunch Time Retreat

From the makers of the NLFÍ Rehabilitation and Health Clinic in Hveragerði to the health-loving folk of Reykjavík, Krúska—the newest health joint on the market—is sure to be a contender.
23.6.2010

Yummi Yummi Is, Indeed, Yummy

First things first.  The name Yummi Yummi makes me smile.
18.6.2010

Ermmm, Ummmm, Mmmmm

I’ve been meaning to stop by Mmmmm (Laugavegur 42) for some time now. Its name intrigued me, as did its bright and light signage—I’m a sucker for a catchy sign.
11.6.2010

The Guiding Light

Slightly off the beaten path, or at least off the path that I tend to beat, at the corner of Vitastígur and Bergþórugata (not near anything resembling a light house, as it’s grammatical root would imply) is local burger joint/watering hole Vitabar
4.6.2010

See You At The Crossroads

Vegamótastígur is a pretty decent stígur.
31.5.2010

Piri Piri Is Hot, But Is It Hot Enough?

Nestled down near the harbour (Geirsgata 9), Piri Piri is marked with a rooster as iconic to Portuguese eateries as the golden arches are to McDonalds.
21.5.2010

Brasilia Is Meaty, Hearty, Heavy

If you’ve walked past Brasilia (Skólavörðustíg 14) then you know it’s not shy about its ethnicity.
10.5.2010

Pizza Pizza Everywhere So Let’s All Have a Slice!

Much like a glowing campfire and a hearty round of Kumbaya, pizza brings people together. Just look at how easily the suffix “–party” is slapped on the end.
16.4.2010

Start Of The Month Treats

Perched atop the Hotel Saga in Hagatorg, Grillið has been serving up fine-dining and hard-to-top panoramic views of the city, suburbs and Esja for over forty years. Grillið is quite possibly the highest of the high-end.
16.3.2010

No, No, No Green Giant

A new offering from the owners of Rizzo Pizzeria, Græni Risinn, is rather unremarkable from the outside: a typical Skeifan strip-mall with the establishment’s name marking the building’s façade in bright green lettering.
9.3.2010

Tandoori Is No Rip-Off

My eyes rolled somewhat when I saw the font Tandoori’s owners chose for the restaurant’s signage. It is glaringly similar to that of nearby Saffran. So, based on this first impression, I prepared myself between the car and the large automatic sliding doors of the building for a blatant rip off.
19.2.2010

Why North Africa Is Our New Culinary Friend

Let North Africa light up our malnourished souls in the coming months, after everyone has lost their jobs and become The Road-style cannibals roaming Ísafjörður looking for tender toddlers.
8.2.2010

Skólavörðustígur Shuffle

Noodle bars have taken over Skólavörðustigur, with Núðluskálin and the Noodle Station setting up shop within spitting distance of each other in recent months.
14.1.2010

Farewell to Forks

The cover girl of the Icelandic culinary year was certainly McDonalds, the fast food chain that left the country in November. And in many ways, it stands for a lot of things that happened.
22.12.2009

The Post-Mac Burger

The whole world watched and the whole of Iceland cheered when McDonalds left the country—a lovely showcase of the nation’s nature: “Our country is so screwed that even the biggest fast food chain in the world leaves, let’s friggin’ celebrate!”
16.12.2009

Absolutely Fabulous

Regarded as one of the best restaurants in town, VOX serves New Nordic Food, a modern take on Nordic ingredients and traditions, and an extensive wine list herded by three-time sommelier of the year Elisabet Alba Valdimarsdóttir.
14.12.2009

Stuffing the Stuffing

Grapevine’s Sari Peltonen tucks into the Icelandic Christmas tradition of Christmas Buffet.
12.11.2009

Food for Thought

Garðurinn (‘Ecstasy’s Heart Garden’) is a small family run vegetarian restaurant, calm and serene enough to make even our conversation about movie classics Anonymous Rex and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus seem spiritual.
12.10.2009

Kitchen Sessions

Established by Valgeir Sigurðsson in 2006, with luminaries Ben Frost and Nico Muhly, the Bedroom Community record label is currently busy preparing its cross Europe ‘Whale Watching Tour.’
1.10.2009

Lost in Tapas

The only one of its kind in town, Tapasbarinn serves up a gigantic menu of around 60 different tapas, from the all-Espanõl olives to more local takes like whale and lobster.
28.9.2009

True Blood

Opened in 1989, Argentina is one of the best restaurants in town, known as the place to go for your meat fix.
15.9.2009

The Flying Italian

Volare serves easygoing, affordable Italian in a backyard house off the main street Laugavegur.
14.9.2009

Fishy Business

A couple of months after opening, The Fish Company caters its fusion kitchen to full cellars
4.9.2009

The Lunch Patrol

Catharine Fulton: Hey Louder! What should we have for lunch today?
Rebecca Louder: Hey Fulton! Let’s go to Nonnabiti!
3.9.2009

Vegetarian Volvo

Á næstu Grösum was the first vegetarian restaurant in town. It is now well into its second decade and has a loyal following and a bold branding strategy
1.9.2009

Hearty Affair

Opened almost exactly a year ago, restaurant Kryddlegin Hjörtu (Spicy Hearts) is currently busy preparing for its first birthday party.
18.8.2009

Raw in Reykjavík

What? Raw food is a diet consisting of foods that have not been heated over 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit). The most popular version is based on fruits, vegetables, sprouts, nuts, seeds, grains and weeds, while others also make room for animal products.
17.8.2009

Íslenski barinn

Opened earlier this year, Íslenski Barinn (The Icelandic bar) is a mid-range restaurant serving Icelandic food, bistro style.
With a purposely cheesy brand, cosy décor and a roofed terrace, it caters for 20-something beer drinkers (stocking all Icelandic beers) and tourists.
5.8.2009

Sushi Showdown

The Grapevine partakes in Reykjavík's sushi offerings and gives you the lowdown on who's the master of their maki, the sovereign of sashimi, a nigiri natural, and who's plain old mushy rice.
22.7.2009

Open Sesame

Opened in May, Ali Baba has quickly gathered a reputation as the good new kebab place.
20.7.2009

Market Woes

Opened in 2007, Fishmarket has already collected a Conde Nast Hot table listing, a Food and Wine Go list mention and a strong reputation among the locals.
13.7.2009

Real Mexican

“My mom made the menu!” Santa Maria owner Ernesto explained with a chuckle...
10.7.2009

Best Place for Ice Cream

Ísbuð Vesturbæjar is quite a walk out of the city centre. And when you are finally getting near, with an ever-growing cavernous hole in your stomach begging to be filled with soft-serve, you have to squint to see the neon “Ísbuð” in the window of the storefront nestled between two other shops in the same miniature strip-mall with much more visible signage.
9.7.2009

Best Place For A Drunken Slice

Anybody who has ventured out to 105 in the wee hours of the morning knows that Devito’s is the place to be once the drunken charm of the other places in town has run its course, especially if you’re in the mood for a big’ole slice of pizza.
9.7.2009

Best Place for a Blue Cheese Burger

Have you ever eaten something particularly tasty and noticed a few hours down the road that you were still tasting it? Magnify that experience. Imagine still tasting that meal the next day. Such is the experience of indulging in the aptly named Gleym-mér-ey (forget-me-not) burger at Vitabar. Caring deeply about the scent of Reykjavík’s breath, the good folks at Vitabar serve up the best, most delicious – and most detrimental for those planning on conversing with potential mates – blue cheese burger there is.
7.7.2009

Búllan

Hamburgers may not be traditional Icelandic fare, but when it comes down to it, it is no surprise that the fast food obsessed island hosts a brilliant burger joint.
6.7.2009

Segurmo

A couple of months before Segurmo opened in Boston (the bar, not the city), sous chef Sigurdur “Siggi Shaker” Magnús Finnsson of the rock band Singapore Sling explained to the daily paper: “I’ve never cooked before. I am currently learning to cut onions and I can report that it is going very well.”

24.6.2009

Fancy a Beer?

Welcome to Iceland, folks! Did you enjoy some tasty Skyr and watch FRIENDS re-runs on the plane? God, that Joey’s a funny cat. Anyway, you must be gagging for a drink by now.
22.6.2009

Savoury Food and Sweet Views

In Kópavogur, high up on the nineteenth floor of the Deloitte building, is Nítjánda, the baby of swank chef Sigurður Gíslason. It feels like an event, walking through the automatic turning doors, riding the elevator to the top of the building, and emerging into calm and sleek surroundings, where a well-suited host greets you with much formal circumstance.
19.6.2009

Go to Saffran - NOW!

My initial thought after dining at freshman healthy food joint Saffran was to write that single unintelligible line and leave it at that. The food was so superbly prepared and shockingly delicious that I feared my words would not do it justice.

8.6.2009

Fast Bulgarian

The first Bulgarian restaurant in town, fast food joint Balkanika, opened just over a month ago to the joy of the 150 or so Bulgarians living in Reykjavík.

27.5.2009

Go For The Fish

If you like fish, and you like fish a lot, Kitchen is the place for you.  It might be an added joy to know that you are given a bottom-less plate.  Hopefully you also have a bottom-less stomach – and a taste for fish, the only item amidst the other choices in the buffet worth eating for your midday meal. If this meets your criteria, loosen your belt a notch and get ready for some all you can eat buffet lovin’.
25.5.2009

Dine Over Design

Opened in 2006 at the art deco Hótel Borg, restaurant Silfur initially served French cuisine, but has recently updated its menu to offer modern Icelandic fare in the spirit of the current local food trend and the financial situation.
11.5.2009

The Red House

Rauða Húsið, perfect for romantic dinners.
11.5.2009

What is your house wife?

Fjöruborðið serves its lobster soup, known as the best in the country, in the South Coast village of Stokkseyri, a mere 45-minute drive from Reykjavík.
3.4.2009

Súpubarinn

Súpubarinn serves soups and vegetarian food in the Reykjavík Art Museum, facing an incredible view over the harbour towards Mt. Esja.
3.4.2009

Salatbarinn

Back in 1985, a Viking Line ferry was pretty much the coolest thing I could think of. The luxury of coke with a paper umbrella, the excitement of the ball pit and the main ceremony: buffet dinner.
3.4.2009

Café Press: Second Hand Coffee

Like any great drug in history, coffee thoroughly entwines itself in the addict’s life.
6.3.2009

Start at the Top: Kaffismiðja Íslands

I like coffee and Reykjavík is a nice place to drink it. For a town of its size, there are plenty of coffee shops, and the quality of coffee is generally good.
6.3.2009

Nordic House, Nordic Food

Gunnar Karl Gíslason, chef and vocal advocate for Nordic food, and Ólafur Örn Ólafsson, president of the sommelier association—both colleagues from  previous employer VOX—set out to reinvent the Nordic House eating area, from dingy cafeteria to sophisticated venue for seasonal, local and modern Nordic food—an Icelandic take on slow food, if you please.
6.2.2009

Pisa

In a small-ish cellar by Lækjagata, you’ll find newly opened Italian restaurant Pisa. The interior is roughly unaltered from the cellar’s previous life as a café. No fancy revamp by the expensive designers. Today, this seems only logical.

6.2.2009

Hótel Holt

The last time I had the pleasure of dining at Hotel Holt, it was for their classical French cuisine lunch special – three great courses, impeccably served, priced cheap. Certainly no objections there. So when I was asked to try out their dinner fare, I gladly accepted.

12.1.2009

Basil & Lime

From what the name implies, restaurant Basil & Lime could well have a menu of Italian meets South-East Asian fusion cooking, or similar.
12.1.2009

The Scandinavian

The Scandinavian and its modern interpretation of traditional Nordic recipes are bound to become a small tourist haven, not to exclude the locals, who will appreciate the cuisine served with a bit of heritage.
4.12.2008

Skrúður

Good ol’fashion  Julefrukost, minus some personal favourites. 
4.12.2008

Make food not bombs

Give this gesture of goodwill a try.
7.11.2008

Einar Ben

All around excellent
7.11.2008

Brons

A bistro boasting the crown jewels of the Mediterranean
10.10.2008

Thorvaldsen

Fake style and no substance in a shocker of a meal
10.10.2008

Segurmo

There is a respect that goes into cooking dishes that are this simple
29.9.2008

Af Lífi Og Sál

Overall, the meal was very enjoyable
29.9.2008

19. Hædin

This place is as much a visual feast as a culinary one.
15.9.2008

Rub23

A carefree, intimate and immaculate dinnertime
15.9.2008

B5

 As far as the food goes, it was a mixed bag.
4.9.2008

Raudara

The most positive part of the Rauðará experience is not really the food itself, but the positively comfortable settings it is served in.
4.9.2008

Lystin

Everything used in the cookery is bought fresh in the morning and if they run out of stocks they simply cannot receive any more visitors – extremely genuine and homey.
18.8.2008

Shalimar

It may be a very British thing to grab a lager, a curry and then head to a football match. However, an Indian restaurant in Iceland feels like home away from home
18.8.2008

Hressingarskálinn

It’s always a good sign when you walk into a restaurant and see an equal mix of locals and tourists.
15.8.2008

Food for Thought

Grapevine met with two local chefs – Hrefna Rósa Jóhannsdóttir Sætran, owner of the restaurant Fish Market on Aðalstræti, and Stefán Úlfarsson, from the family-run 3 Frakkar, on Baldursgata to sample their approach to contemporary Icelandic cuisine.
7.8.2008

Boston

Like an older sibling to the fabled (now deceased) Sirkús, Boston is a warm and mellow second-floor bar on Laugavegur that plays host to the arty party crowd. The baroque wall dressings and deep, rich coloured décor make this bar feel pretty swank, but the mood of the place can go from great to legendary within a heartbeat. CF
1.8.2008

THe Kebab House

I had received both positive and negative comments about the food at The Kebab House before I visited and had therefore no idea exactly what to expect. I took a look at the menu (which includes the western equivalents of the kebab, the cheese-burger and the pizza slice) and settled on a reasonably priced Shish-kebab.
1.8.2008

Orange

The tremendous hype around the opening of the hip and stylish restaurant Orange had aroused my attention ever since its forthcoming existence was merely gossip.
1.8.2008

Eat Pizza and be Merry

Welcome to yet another instalment of Cheap Reykjavík, where the Grapevine’s resident misers share some of their patented money saving tricks and tips. If you’ve got some miserly penny-pinching advice you’d like to share with Grapevine readers, drop a line to haukur@grapevine.is. and he will pass it along.
29.7.2008

Center Hotel Arnahvoll

Appearances can be deeply deceptive. In the case of the exterior of the recently-opened Arnarhvoll, this is a welcome realisation as the outside is a mush of grey stone with barely more than an average front door to welcome guests.
29.7.2008

Café Loki

15.7.2008

Tapas Barinn

Perfect for those long nights out, especially considering that the kitchen is open until 01:00 on weekend-nights.
15.7.2008

22

22, formerly known as Barinn, has done a lot in recent weeks to change its image to that of a friendlier place.
20.6.2008

Rizzo Pizzeria

Nothing beats a good pizza, right? OK, that’s not entirely true, but I think we can all agree that a good pizza is one on the fundamental elements of life as we know it.
9.5.2008

Sushibarinn

Address:
Laugavegur 2
101 Reykjavík
tel: 552 4444
9.5.2008

Santa María

Address:
Laugarvegur 22a
101 Reykjavík
tel: 552 7775
4.4.2008

Tabasco’s

4.4.2008

Ó Restaurant

7.3.2008

Gullfoss

7.3.2008

Brons

11.1.2008

Síam

11.1.2008

Valencia Tapas Bar

As the name implies, the place celebrates the beloved Spanish tapas culture
7.12.2007

Café Alvar A

8.11.2007

Sushibarinn

6.10.2007

Fjalakötturinn

6.10.2007

101 Bar/Restaurant

Address:
Hverfisgata 10
101, Reykjavík
Tel.: 580-0101
21.9.2007

Garðurinn

21.9.2007

Domo

21.9.2007

Boston

7.9.2007

Fish Market

7.9.2007

Hornið

7.9.2007

Humarhúsið

24.8.2007

Einar Ben

24.8.2007

Lobster Ship

24.8.2007

Ambrosia

10.8.2007

Vín og Skel

10.8.2007

Gló

10.8.2007

Q Bar

27.7.2007

Le Rendez-vous

27.7.2007

B5

27.7.2007

Great Wall

13.7.2007

Café Flóra

13.7.2007

Fljótt og Gott

13.7.2007

Angelo

29.6.2007

Café Roma

29.6.2007

Café Victor

15.6.2007

Sjávarbarinn

15.6.2007

Eiki Feiti

31.5.2007

Maður lifandi

31.5.2007

Grænn Kostur

18.5.2007

Café Cultura

18.5.2007

Vegamót

18.5.2007

Asía

4.5.2007

Kaffi Sólon

4.5.2007

Ostabúðin

4.5.2007

Barinn

13.4.2007

HabiBi

13.4.2007

Tapas barinn

13.4.2007

Einar Ben

8.3.2007

Tivoli

Laugavegur 3, 101 Reykjavík, Tel.: 552 0077
8.3.2007

Austur-Indía Félagið

Hverfisgata 56, 101 Reykjavík, Tel.: 552 1630
8.3.2007

Geysir

Aðalstræti 2, 101 Reykjavík, Tel.: 517 4300
9.2.2007

Should You Be Eating This?

The annual Þorrablót celebrations are at hand. They make for a fine excuse to get drunk.
9.2.2007

Domo

9.2.2007

Rauða húsið

9.2.2007

Ban Thai

12.1.2007

Vor

12.1.2007

Deco

1.12.2006

Siggi Hall

1.12.2006

Perlan

3.11.2006

Maru

3.11.2006

Jómfrúin

6.10.2006

Coffee for the Coffee Enthusiast

The company Kaffitár (i.e. Coffeetear – reflecting the Icelandic habit of asking for ‘a tear’ of coffee) was established in 1990 by coffee lover Aðalheiður Héðinsdóttir.
6.10.2006

Caruso

6.10.2006

Vitabar

22.9.2006

Silfur

22.9.2006

La Primavera

22.9.2006

VOX

8.9.2006

Indian Mango

8.9.2006

Galileo

8.9.2006

Núðluhúsið

26.8.2006

Traditional Fish, Northern Style

Across Iceland, there are dozens of legendary establishments that justify lengthy pilgrimages through the most imposing of driving conditions.
26.8.2006

Við Tjörnina

26.8.2006

Tveir Fiskar

11.8.2006

Friðrik V

11.8.2006

Bautinn

11.8.2006

Nætursalan

28.7.2006

Hornið

28.7.2006

Rossopomodoro

14.7.2006

Café Ópera

14.7.2006

Tveir Fiskar

14.7.2006

Sushi Smiðjan

30.6.2006

Café Oliver

30.6.2006

Ítalía

30.6.2006

Café Róma

16.6.2006

Café Paris

16.6.2006

Apótek

2.6.2006

Lækjarbrekka

2.6.2006

Shalimar

2.6.2006

Hótel holt

19.5.2006

Galbí

19.5.2006

TapasBarinn

7.4.2006

Red Chili

7.4.2006

Grillið

10.3.2006

Salt

10.3.2006

Vín og Skel

10.3.2006

Þrír Frakkar

10.2.2006

Vox

10.2.2006

Quiznos

Lækjargata 8, Tel. 577 5774 Open daily and into the wee hours on weekends
10.2.2006

Þorramatur

13.1.2006

Hlöllabátar

13.1.2006

Osushi

5.12.2005

Skólabrú

5.12.2005

Argentína

5.12.2005

Tveir Fiskar

5.12.2005

Siggi Hall

5.12.2005

Thorvaldsen

5.12.2005

Salt

5.12.2005

Hótel Borg

5.12.2005

VIÐ TJÖRNINA

5.12.2005

CULIACAN

7.10.2005

HÓTEL BORG

7.10.2005

KEBAB HÚSIÐ

7.10.2005

MAÐUR LIFANDI

2.10.2005

Skólabrú

2.10.2005

BANTHAI

2.10.2005

American Style

2.9.2005

Carpe Diem

Rauðarárstígur 18, Tel. 552 4555 www.carpediem.is
2.9.2005

Thorvaldsen

Austurstræti 8-10, Tel. 511 1413 www.thorvaldsen.is
2.9.2005

Café Cultura

Hverfisgata 18, Tel. 530 9314 Open Daily. Kitchen closes 21:00 www.cultura.is
19.8.2005

B5

5.8.2005

SIGGI HALL

5.8.2005

OLIVER

5.8.2005

LAUGA ÁS

22.7.2005

TVEIR FISKAR

8.7.2005

pasta basta

8.7.2005

Apótek

24.6.2005

Maru

24.6.2005

Hrói Höttur

24.6.2005

SALT,Hotel 1919

10.6.2005

el racó

10.6.2005

the bagel house

27.5.2005

PRIKIÐ

27.5.2005

ELDSMIÐJAN

27.5.2005

HUMARHÚSIÐ

6.5.2005

Vegamót

8.4.2005

Hótel Holt Offers Classic French Cuisine for Peanuts

When it comes to lunch, Hótel Holt is one of the best-kept secrets in Reykjavík. Grapevine learned that they offer two-course lunches for 2,100 ISK and three-course lunches for 2,700 ISK. Not too bad a price, which gets even better when you consider that the courses entailed are Classical French cuisine
8.4.2005

Lækjarbrekka

8.4.2005

Angelo

8.4.2005

Kaffi Sólon

11.3.2005

Finally, Wine Education

Top American and European chefs vied for approval from an international judge’s panel at the Reykjavík Art Museum one Saturday afternoon in February. The overall winner was Denmark’s Rene Redzepi. Prize for the best fish course went to American David Deshais, for meat to France’s Christophe Moisand and for dessert to Juuse Mikkonen from Finland. Never before have the foreign media been so interested in the event.
11.3.2005

Eating Iceland

Outside Þrír Frakkar, a restaurant on sleepy Baldursgata in Reykjavík’s old town, overhead lights illuminate the snow-covered street. The house, built in 1919 as Reykjavík’s premier meat market, is off the beaten track. Painted warm sienna, Þrír Frakkar, means either three Frenchmen or three overcoats in Icelandic. In a city where restaurants open and close as quickly as the weather changes, Eysteinsson’s kitsch-filled, family run restaurant is a huge success.
11.2.2005

Elwis Has Left the Building

Our first encounter with Café Victor was a traumatic experience. We entered the place late one Monday evening in December 2002, after having attended the first of Nick Cave’s two excellent concerts in Reykjavík. We decided against having a beer when we saw a large sign over the bar advertising their “Christmas special”: gingersnap cookies and the traditional Icelandic “blanda”, which consists of Egils orangeade and the classic Icelandic drink “Malt”, a sweet malt extract, also from Egils. When we tasted our beverages, we instantly knew that something was not right. A chat with the bartender revealed that our “blanda” did not, in fact, contain any Malt at all, but something called “Black Elwis”: a German drink that is, as the bottle label claimed, the first bottled beverage to combine alcohol-free beer and cola and tastes even worse than it sounds. “Does the German propensity for evil know no bounds?” we thought, as we staggered out, dazed and confused.
11.2.2005

RUNNING A CAFÉ THE NON-CAPITALIST WAY

“We were tired of being neutral, tired of pointing out the failures in the society. We wanted to get inside and do things our way,” says Ásgeir, one of the owners of Hljómalind. The name of the café comes from the legendary record shop that used to be in the same house. It’s co-operated by seven people, who all own equal shares. They work by the guidelines of fair trade, which means that everyone gets paid a reasonable amount of money that will enable them to support their families and live a decent life. Any surplus income goes to charity.
14.1.2005

PÓSTBARINN and the great post office rush

Póstbarinn is Icelandic for “The Mail Bar.” This is not, however, as one might expect a dive for off duty mailmen, decked out like Norm in Cheers, in full regalia drinking their pints.
14.1.2005

Drowned fish: A night at THORVALDSEN

Many things have changed since comedy legend Laddi sang his ode to Austurstræti more than twenty years ago. The Austurstræti of today is almost an emblem of the schizophrenia and extremes of Iceland at the dawn of the 21st century. The most unfortunate members of society (ever-increasing in number) attempt to drown their sorrows in Kaffi Austurstræti, while the new breed of nouveau rich stock brokers scheme in the KB bank across the street, fuelled by greed and Peruvian marching powder. Cultural colonisation is represented by a Subway outlet and further down the street is a state alcohol store and a strip club, an ATM machine located conveniently between them for the benefit of those who would prefer not to leave a record of their debaucheries on their bank statement.
3.12.2004

TWO TIMES A FISH

Fish-connoisseurs generally fall into one of two main categories: Fans of seafood or fans of Fish, former lead singer of neo-progrockers Marillion. As a matter of fact, Grapevine’s correspondents belong to both categories.
8.10.2004

Icelandic cusine: Arriving any century now

The Icelandic Olympic team of chefs is gearing up for the culinary Olympics which will take place in Erfurt in Germany between the 17th and 21st of October. The team consists of the thirteen top chefs Iceland has and they have been standing over many a hot stove in order to be in top culinary form for the big event.
3.9.2004

”My dream was always to become a slave to an arabic king”

Rainy Thursday night washes Akureyri clean. My friend and I are thinking of finding a new place to dine. Word of mouth tells of a new interesting place up in Öxnadalur, 20 minutes away from Akureyri on the main road.
3.9.2004

FRY AND THE FAMILY STONE

Studies have shown that a surprisingly large number of men fantasise about having beautiful women dress them in an apron and chef’s hat. We can almost guarantee that the only place in Reykjavík where you can make that dream come true is Café Ópera in Lækjargata.
20.8.2004

HORST TAPAS

“The heat is on” quoth Glenn Frey back in the innocent 80s. The heat was certainly on in Reykjavík in the second week of August. News reports claimed that new heat records were set and many offices closed early for most of the week, the argument being that this was a much more precious and ephemeral holiday for Icelanders than e.g. Christmas. Unlucky office workers like myself did little but perspire and wonder if their scrotum temperature was in danger of reaching sterility levels. Many gathered on Austurvöllur to drink warm beer from the state-run alcohol store (beer-coolers being considered the first step on the road to complete anarchy and chaos), ogle members of the opposite sex and watch the occasional bum fight.
6.8.2004

THERE’S MORE TO THE OCEAN THAN BILLY

One of the things that you should not miss up here is the “Mojito of the North”, Rabarbara-Rúna (Rhubarb-Rúna). There is vodka instead of gin and Iceland’s national fruit, the rhubarb, is featured prominently. Although this may not sound impressive, the results are stunningly delicious. This rare treat, the brainchild of personable waitress Sonja Eyglóardóttir, is just the beginning of the evening in the restaurant Við tjörnina (By the Lake), situated, ironically enough, by the lake in the centre of Reykjavík.
23.7.2004

A LOVING MEAL AT HORNIÐ

My uncle Roberto, bless his memory, used to say that there was no such thing as an Italian restaurant. He said that if you wanted proper Italian food you should eat at home. If you could not do that, you should go to a trattoria, the type that was run by a family; with papa in the kitchen, the daughter serving the guests and mama looking after the Cash Register. And maybe Rosa, the distant cousin, taking care of the hats and the coats.
25.6.2004

A Blend of Entertainment and Pleasure

The world is full of people who give you “good advice” - whether you ask for it or not. Especially when it comes to where to eat and where to drink. One of my best friends in Springfield (!) never eats at an Italian place with a name that starts with Mama. He also claims he gets a rash on his backside when he sees a French Bistro with a name that starts with “Chez”. Life can be difficult.
11.6.2004

Paddy´s Top Five Burger Joints

Hamburgers are by now a staple of the local diet, and it shows. But which ones are the best? We asked an expert from the United States, Dr. Padraig Mara, to do some research, to which he replied: “Fuck it, I´ll just ask some folks and go eat some burgers.”
28.5.2004

SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW ?

I don´t blame you if you think that this is just another franchised restaurant. Another automatic feeder, shoveling patented portions on your plate. Another patented fast food production that all tastes the same. Wrong !
25.7.2003

THE SWEET STUFF

25.7.2003

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