Bistro-bar and restaurant Geysir is located in the old and dignified Geysir building by the corner of Aðalstræti and Vesturgata. A relatively new eating destination, open since last summer, its bright and stylishly decorated dining hall offers plenty of seating for couples up to large groups who can enjoy the meal and the nice downtown view from lunch to dinner hours.
After a couple of lunchtime visits, arriving at Geysir on a Friday evening was a completely different experience. The place was almost packed and every table seated with customers enjoying their dinner while in deep conversation. The lively casual vibe was welcoming and although the tables are lined in close proximity to one another the closeness to other dining guests never gets annoying. The sound of other people chatting rather adds a lively twist to the whole experience.
Geysir’s new menu features a diverse yet consistent selection of bistro-style dishes for a very reasonable price. When seated right by the window our waitress offered us a nice bottle of white wine and recommended some of the restaurant’s tastiest dishes. As starters we were served two separate courses, one containing a rather bland tomato-soup, the other a plate of large shrimps on a stick and a small vegetable stuffed and crusty quiche served with a bowl of sour cream. The quiche was especially flavourful and the shrimps, when dipped in the sauce, an excellent and light starter.
We weren’t let down with our plates of lamb and salted cod as main dishes nor the bottle of red wine that our waitress brought to the table. The fillet of lamb served with potatoes, grilled vegetables and bearnaise sauce was spot-on and cooked to perfection. Likewise, the salted cod, served on top of an Italian-style olive and tomato sauce was tasty and filling.
Although a little short of stomach space there’s always some room for dessert. The creamy chocolate mousse and an exceptionally rich portion of crème brulée both made a fine conclusion to an excellent meal. If looking for a fun spot to go with friends for a fine meal before a night out, a drop in at Geysir can be recommended. A fine way to start your evening. Also, as the prices are fair, there should still be a little something left in the wallet to spend at the nearest bar.