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Best Of Reykjavik 2019: Best Chinese

Best Of Reykjavik 2019: Best Chinese

Published March 2, 2019

Watching Iceland come into its own as a dining destination over the past five years has been a joy. The Icelandic restaurant scene is diversifying, and the definition of what may be deemed “Icelandic cuisine” is broadening and taking on new shapes. Thanks to this new-found culinary confidence—and the added footfall of tourism—this tiny scene is experiencing an unprecedented moment of opportunity. Whether it’s carefully-pleated Sichuanese vegan dumplings or exploratory tasting menus at Nordic fine dining houses, the bandwagon has room for demanding diners. Our hand-picked panel of picky gourmands have sought out the very best of Reykjavík dining to help you navigate the gastronomic waters of the capital area. From budget bites to fanciful fare, we’ve got you covered.

Best Chinese

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Don’t be fooled by the industrial location—Fönix is a no-nonsense family joint that caters to blue collar workers, as well as homesick Chinese expats. The owners are a couple from the Sichuan province, and rightfully play to their strengths—the Mapo Tofu, available as a vegan dish or with pork, is a study in extracting big flavours from few ingredients. Ignore the deep-fried shrimp and discover the joys of the steamed dumpling—each one is a treasure chest of flavour and texture. Vegans aren’t ignored here and the place is fantastic for groups big and small.


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While we hear whispers of a secret menu at Tian—the Chinese diners being treated to the real thing, while non-Chinese diners get chop suey—Tian’s toned-down renditions of Western favourites fare well above the average. The Kung Pao chicken is deservedly popular—but try and get something from that enticing hidden menu.


Jia Yao
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Jia Yao rounds off our Chinese restaurant trio. Ármuli has been a tough neighbourhood to crack, but this Pan-Asian lunch buffet is hearty and well-priced, and there’s an à la carte menu. The raw ambience can be a turn-off, but don’t let that stop you from trying some authentic Chinese fare.

Previous Winners

2018: Fönix

Other Dining Categories

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