The atmosphere and the service are vital accompaniments to what is surely the star of any evening – the food. Skólabrú emphasises French-influenced Icelandic cuisine, so you can expect the usual lamb, salt cod and skyr offerings, as well as slightly more creative fare like foie gras and crepes.
Many of the restaurants in this city are very good, but not great. If you visit them, you’ll enjoy yourself, but there is little that distinguishes them from each other. Happily, Skólabrú is an exception: it is now on my list of restaurants to specifically recommend to visitors and locals alike. Don’t balk at the price. This is somewhere you get what you pay for. And they get bonus points for the snow.
Skólabrú 1, 101 Reykjavík, Open for lunch Tues – Fri and dinner Tues – Sat. Open on Sundays during the Christmas period. Tel. 562 4455, www.skolabru.is.