The year 2019 wasn’t kind to many restaurateurs. Let’s be honest, it’s a tough business. Nevertheless, Iceland’s culinary scene is seeing the emergence of new players and the old guard stepping up their A-game. Restaurants continue to diversify; we’ve got ourselves an izakaya inspired spot, while tasting menus are being questioned and reinterpreted. The scope of “Icelandic cuisine” is broadening to include not just produce and products but also their sourcing and seasonal integrity on this harsh island by players big and small. Whether it is globally recognised Nordic fine-dining or fragrant Thai curries, traditional Icelandic cuisine or family-friendly sushi, to everything in-between, this guide to the best of everything Reykjavík has to offer has been hand-picked by our exacting panel of passionate gourmands. From budget bites to fanciful fare, we’ve got you covered. Skál!
Best Sushi – joint winners
By regularly showcasing Wagyu beef and tuna at one of their many festive specials, Sushi Social keeps things interesting throughout the year. An homage to Icelandic sushi, this is where classic sushi meets our love for sauces. And it is still a happy union. The rainbow hued tropical drinks and the peppy music only add to that happy island vibe.
Best Sushi – joint winners:
Before you turn your nose up at conveyor belt sushi, hear us out. This is a fantastic way to try several different plates, stumble upon a new love—like their crispy AF Japanese wings—or determine your least favourites. The quick turnover means the sushi was made minutes ago, a win-win in a land of cold rolls. Psst… this is bound to be a hit with kids and we spotted several happy young diners practicing their chopstick skills.
Fish Company has recently expanded their sushi selection, particularly during lunch service as a small and a large portion. The usual suspects of classic salmon nigiri, maki rolls and sashimi are so beautifully presented, it surely counts as a cure for workday blues.
2016-19: Fish Market
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