First things first. The name Yummi Yummi makes me smile. It’s so jovial and sunny and happy, so it pleased me to no end that, upon entering the small eatery on Hverfisgata (Hverfisgata 123, to be exact though it’s at the odd junction where the street meets Laugavegur so it actually seems like Laugavegur). I was greeted by an equally jovial and sunny young man behind the counter. He took down the orders of my date and I—barbecue chicken with rice and spicy pad Thai (both 999 ISK), respectively—and fielded our questions about all the other grocery items available. Looking for an exotic shot of pure energy or perhaps some rice flour? Look no further than Yummi Yummi.
Our orders were prepared in a snap and my date and I sat on the barstools facing out to the street to dig in. My date’s chicken was glazed in a dark, semi-sweet sauce and was fanned out atop sticky rice. She and I both commented on how awesome it was to find a place serving up real sticky rice and spoke fondly of previous encounters with it. My spicy pad Thai came served in an adorable cardboard container emblazoned with a red dragon and the words “Asia Box.” Its compact size was deceiving, and I found myself hard pressed to finish my noodles—luckily the box makes it easy to take-away.
The Pad Thai itself was really delicious. The flat rice noodles were steaming hot, spicy (though between my sniffles I was told that the chef tuned down the spiciness, and then I felt like a wimp) and the hint of peanut carried throughout subtly. The chicken mixed in with the dish was light and tender and was well flavoured by the fish sauce and chilli that saturated the noodles. It was flavourful and hearty lunch.
The only downside of the whole meal was the cutlery. Eating anything with a spork is annoying and, I’ve discovered, eating noodles with a spork is a downright pain in the ass.
- Yummi Yummi Hverfisgata 123
- What we think: Yummi Yummi is yummy.
- Flavour: Casual take-away Thai
- Ambiance: No-frills casual
- Service: Wonderfully upbeat and welcoming
- Rating: 4/5