The classy atmosphere was well-suited to those on a romantic dinner. There was a fresh rose on each table, intimate lighting, and Nina Simone crooning in the background. There was also a very long wait between courses. If you are with a sparkling conversationalist, this helps make the evening a memorable one. For those who don’t want to take three hours to eat three courses, consider this your warning.
The courses themselves are excellent. Reykjavík restaurants in this price range all tend to offer a similar menu of lamb, chicken and several fish dishes. While Hótel Borg is no exception, they pay a lot of attention to the accompaniments, which are both substantial and presented in a sophisticated but refreshingly unpretentious style.
Hótel Borg is a reminder of a past era. While not overly traditional, it feels like this is where the social nerve centre of Reykjavík would have been had Iceland been an imperial nation. Plan a long and indulgent evening here with someone you really enjoy spending time with.
Pósthússtræti 9-11, 101 Reykjavík,
Tel. 551 1440
Open daily for lunch and dinner