Author: - The Reykjavik Grapevine

A Sublime Symphony: Dill 3.0 Rattles Fine Dining Norms

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I walk into the womb-like vestibule of Dill, still smelling faintly of tar and paint, with just enough lighting to…

Gnægtahornið: A Little Cove of Cornucopia

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There was a collective sigh of despair when Kjöt og Fiskur downed shutters on Bergstaðastræti. In a short span of…

Culinary Renaissance at Dill 3.0

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“Drama, drama, drama.” Gunnar Karl chuckles as the photographer and I set up shop for his portrait in the ascetic…

Beyond Momos: An Evening Of Dining At Himalayan Spice

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The words ‘tourist trap’ are all I think lately as I walk down Laugavegur. A Nepali restaurant on the main…

Irreverent Adoration: Whispers Of Japan At Fiskmarkaðurinn

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It’s not easy to run a restaurant for over a decade in as fierce a market as Reykjavík and Fiskmarkaðurinn…

Adjusted Expectations: Hits And Misses At Kröst

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Small in size, but delivering on content, there’s plenty to choose from at the Hlemmur Mathöll—Neapolitan pizzas, Mexican tacos and…

Simbahöllin Cookbook Wins At The Gourmand International Awards

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When my editor called to let me know that the ‘Simbahöllin Cookbook’ (written by Janne Kristensen and Isobel Grad) had…

Sumptuous Sichuanese At Fine: Hand Made Noodles, Dumplings And Other Veritable Delights

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I’ll be honest. Growing up, most, if not all of my references to Chinese food were centered around the fusion…

Passport To Spain: Tortillas, Tapas And Tinto De Verano At Bjórgarðurinn

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“There is something between Icelandic people and Spanish people,” says Esteban Morales, as he sets down a platter of tortilla…

A Lesson In Korean: Chef Lim Ji Yeon Takes Over Ramen Momo For A Night

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It’s one of those warm summer days we’ve been enjoying lately in Reykjavík. The guests of Ramen Momo sit around…

Eat The Kasbah: A Chic New Café That Brings Morocco To Reykjavík

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“These are marinated kalamata olives,’’ says Simo Mohammad Nadhir, as his son Kristófer Karim sets down a little tagine of…

One Flew Into The Coocoo’s Nest: Grandi’s Cosiest Eatery

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When The Coocoo’s Nest first opened its doors in 2013, they confirmed suspicions of Grandi becoming the hip new Reykjavík…

La Primavera: Capricious Capers And Italian Tastes

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La Primavera is a welcome respite from tasting menus and small plates. The concise menu seems like Chef Leifur Kolbeinsson…

Solfinn Danielsen: The Shaman Sommelier Demystifies Natural Wine

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“This is the best piña colada you’ll ever have,’’ says Solfinn Danielsen as he pours a pale lemonade-like 2016 Vulcanica…

Sultuslakur: Iceland’s First Rhubarb Cider

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“My grandmother used to make rhubarb wine,” says Sveinn Steinsson. A chef turned brewer, Sveinn is the man behind Sultuslakur—Iceland’s…

The Taco Takeover: Mexican Food Is En Vogue In Reykjavík—But Is It Any Good?

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Ask any Reykjavík foodie about the restaurant they wish would open in 101, and you’ll quickly spot a pattern. First…

New In Reykjavík: Second Hand Clothes, Tacos, A Witch Bar & A Food Hall

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What’s new in Reykjavík? Here’s our run down of the latest recent openings and talked-about spots. Wasteland Reykjavík Ingólfsstræti 5…

Making 110 Great Again: Every Stand At Mathöll Höfða Reviewed

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Reykjavík is a speedy city—the latest measurements show it can accelerate from 0-3 food halls in as many years. The…

In The Upside Down: Systir Are Doing It For Themselves

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Hverfisgata 12, originally dubbed ‘the no-name pizza place,’ became popular in recent years for slinging pizzas that ranged from the…

Swimmingly Good Food At Tjöruhúsið In Ísafjörður

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If ever there was a time to be worried about mainstream popularity of our little island, it’s now. But travel…

Christmas Is Coming & We Are Getting Fat: A Festive Guide To Reykjavík Restaurants

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After last year’s tour of easy-going downtown havens like Mat Bar, Snaps and Skál, we decided to broaden the net…

A Series Of Unfortunate Events: Clueless Capers At Kopar

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Survival of the fittest could well apply to Reykjavík restaurants. Never has there been such an abundance of eateries, so…

Strolling Through Deliciousness: Shalimar Brings Lahore Tastes To Reykjavík

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If there is one good thing to be said about colonialism, it is that food from the Indo-Pak region is…

A Hyperlocal Feast: SOE Kitchen Adds Colour To The Reykjavík Restaurant Scene

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Something interesting is happening on Grandi this summer. Victoria Elíasdóttir, who formerly ran the successful Dóttir in Berlin, is the…

Keep On Truckin’: Our Quest For The Best Street Food In Reykjavik

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Reykjavik may not have been blessed with the best summer this year, but two very determined foolhardy people strode out…