One of the most-asked questions by visitors to Iceland is: “Where do we eat?” It’s a tough question to answer, as Reykjavík has restaurants catering to many different palettes, and on top of that, it seems like they’re always rising and falling in popularity for one reason or another. But we try to stay on top of things where eating out is concerned. With the help of a panel of self-proclaimed experts, we’ve been able to piece together a guide that gives you a pretty good idea of what’s here in 2017. Use the guide, check out the Facebook page of restaurants and make reservations, if need be, for a true epicurean experience in Reykjavík. And if you have recommendations to the contrary, then drop us a line. We are listening. And we’re hungry.
Ban Thai is one of those rare gems in Iceland that consistently deliver tongue-tickling, satisfying Thai fare despite the challenges of being on a distant island, nowhere close to Thailand. Don’t be fooled by their extensive menu, these guys mean business. They have something for everyone—creamy coconut curries from the South or fiery “jungle” dishes from the North. Our favourites are the laab (minced meat salad with generous piles of fresh herbs) and the green curry with strips of crunchy bamboo shoots. As a regular on our panel quipped: “Anything good enough for Russell Crowe is good enough for me.”
||Mai Thai Bistro
If you haven’t eaten at this charming little supermarket sit-down, we suggest you rectify that. Reykjavík may not always deliver on popular world cuisine, but Thai food is a largely satisfying affair. Skip the popular pad Thai and ask for the simple stir fried veggies, or any of the curries—they’ll even do a brown rice fried rice for those who hanker for extra fibre.
The square by Hlemmur promises to be a food destination, and the Little Thailand vibe in the triangle is completed by this newly renovated takeaway. Besides the surly-sweet service, it is the kapoo moo sab (stir-fried ground pork with chillies and fresh basil, with steamed rice, topped with a fried egg) that keeps us going back for more.
2016: Ban Thai
2015: Ban Thai
2014: Ban Thai
2013: Yummi Yummi
2012: Ban Thai
You can buy a copy of the full Best Of Reykjavík 2017 magazine, posted worldwide, at gpv.is/buybestof.