Domo first opened its doors a little over a month ago. In the short time since its opening it has garnered a good reputation through word of mouth. I am pleased to inform you that the reputation is mostly well deserved.
The restaurant’s simplistic, yet elegant design presents an aura of no-frills attitude towards fine dining. Monotonous black and white interior, peppered with warm wood and red décor that give the place warmth, despite the minimalist design. It fits the menu perfectly. With a dominating Asian themed cuisine, Domo offers a lot of sushi types and other “cold” dishes; yet, each dish is nicely decorated, earning praise from my companion as “the most beautiful food in Reykjavík.” If nothing else, a dinner at Domo is an aesthetic experience.
We selected the Domo Surprise, a five-course combo selected by Domo’s chefs. At 6,800 ISK (ca. $100) it could be considered a bargain, as on average, a simple starter comes at around 2,000 ISK and a main course around 4,000. The wine selection was left in the hands of the waiter, and he proofed fit for the job.
For starters, we were served a mixed sushi platter, eight different kinds in total, with a glass of light Italian wine that proofed fitting. They were all good and although my companion did not care for squid, I must mention the salmon maki, which I thought stood out among them.
The second starter was a delight. First, a lightly broiled kangaroo, served with pears and cashew nuts. Perhaps fittingly, the kangaroo was served with a glass of Australian white Riesling. Second, perfectly fried scallops with coriander. It was the peak of the night.
The main course consisted of fried cod in garlic and Soya, a delicious treat, lightly fried duck breast, a very good choice, and grilled lamb with plum sauce, which I frankly felt was beneath the standards set by previous dishes. But again, the red Australian Shiraz Cabernet was a fitting selection. After enjoying chocolate tarte, raspberry ice cream and exotic fruit, the evening was brought to a close by another excellent selection by the waiter, a glass of France Muscat wine.
As far as fine dining in Reykjavík goes, Domo is up there with the best of them.