Author: Ragnar Egilsson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Burro: Crickets & Cocoa Puff Cocktails At The Latin Fusion Disco

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Burro is a pan-Latin tapas place from the people who brought us Public House. My most recent visit happened to…

Matwerk Doesn’t Reinvent The Wheel… But It Werks

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I dodge the diagonal raindrops of Rey-jah-vik’s spring through the glass front of the former hair salon turned upscale Nordic…

New Italian Reykjavík

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Whether it’s Mario Batali and Oscar Farinetti kicking off an unstoppable food hall trend with Eataly or dumping a Berlusconi…

Pining for Pipes and Piping Hot Haggis? Look Nae Further: Scotland Comes To Kex

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Kex holds an annual festival celebrating Scottish culture in all its tartan regalia (sans the Begbie pint glass throwing). This…

Restaurant Review: Borðið

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Do we still call it gentrification even if the only people being displaced are oil tank security guards and struggling…

Rok Review: A Big-Ass Celery Near Everyone’s Favourite Church

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Rok is a beautiful building. It’s understated and unobtrusive, and its architecture references the turf-roofed houses that once dominated Iceland,…

Get Outta Town: A Guide To Dining Outside Of Reykjavík

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It used to be the case that good restaurants, after leaving the confines of Reykjavík, were pretty slim pickings. These…

Eating Ice: Why On Earth Do Icelanders Love An Al-Fresco Winter Cone?

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Visitors to Iceland often remark on how, throughout Iceland’s frozen winter season, they’ll often see clusters of locals standing in…

Guide: So What Exactly Is New Nordic Cuisine?

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Depending who you listen to, the New Nordic Cuisine culinary movement might be alive, dead, or both—but one thing’s for…

Merry Orange-Malted Salmon: A Visit To The Latest In A Long Line Of Basements

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Matarkjallarinn sits nestled in the cosy basement of Aðalstræti 2, a 160-year-old building in the heart of downtown Reykjavík. Prior…

Food Review: Servers Squared, Peaks Squared

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There were three of us there that night and all we realised that during our lives, we had approached the…

Fun With Icelandic Names! – Ragnar Egilsson Explains Words!

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Most Icelandic names have some cool, ancient symbolism. My name, Ragnar, means something like “Soldier of God” (no biggie). The…

Last Year In Food: A Grumpy Glutton’s Guide

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To mark the New Year, I am giving you what I give my friends every year: opinions. Opinions are like…

Eulogy for Asia (The Restaurant, Not The Continent)

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After 27 years in business, the owners of pan-Asian take away joint Asia are closing their doors for good. The…

“RASSGAT” – Ragnar Egilsson Explains Words!

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So we have a word, which is this word: “rassgat”. It 100% literally means “asshole”, as in “the hole part…

The Icelandic Christmas Buffet – Explained, Explored, Expanded

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The Icelandic Christmas buffet is all about tradition. December is a time where you head out with your family or—more…

“FERTUGSALDRI” – Ragnar Egilsson Explains Words!

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When referring to a person’s age (the verb is “dilapidating”), we sometimes refer to the decade of existence that person…

Nazi Acid Zombies Leave Icelandic Police Concerned

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Local news outlet DV, enemies of corporate conflicts of interest and paragons of journalistic virtue, reports a wave of Nazi-themed…

Cruising At Caruso

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My gay-for-pay date for the evening was looking very happy with his meal. His manly physique was wrapped in an…

Matur Og Drykkur: Whole Cod Heads And Licorice Pancakes

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If you have your heart set on traditional Icelandic food with some creative flourishes, then there are three places worth…

Bjórgarðurinn Is A Fancy-Pants Beer Hub For Serious Beer Pervs

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Bjórgarðurinn (“The Beer Garden”), Iceland’s first self-styled… beer garden, opened for business in Borgartún, 105 Reykjavík, this June. The latest…

Icelandic Vikings: More Portlandia Than Pirate Paradise

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The above photograph shows a recreation of the fictional construct celebrating violence in front of the very real institution of…

Make Your Own Smørrebrød

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The shrimp pyramid at “Smørrebrød” sandwich place Jómfrúin received our coveted “Best Must-Try Dining Experience” prize in this year’s Reykjavík…

Food News: June 2015

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An Icelandic fish market has opened up in Closter, New Jersey. Baldur Ólafsson and family are serving up butter-baked arctic…

A Visit To The Erpsstaðir Ice Cream Valley

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The Erpsstaðir creamery has been building up a steady reputation for artisan ice cream and a range of other small-batch…


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