From Iceland — Deco


Published January 12, 2007


Deco, a newly opened café and wine bar has all the potential to become a popular lunch café, right in the city centre. Its modern and stylish interiors, varied menu and impressive selection of whiskey, not to mention the location, should be an attraction, but when arriving during weekly lunch hour, my companion and I were, surprisingly, the only customers there.
Our waiter welcomed us with an impressive menu of classic dishes – sandwiches, salads, pasta, meat and various starters. After debating whether to have the fish of the day (monkfish) with baked potato, or try the warm chicken salad with pine nuts, bacon and African sauce, I chose the latter option. I regretted that decision minutes later. For the price (1,390 ISK), the portion wasn’t very rich and although everything tasted nicely, there was nothing over the top about the dish. My dining companion was more impressed with his grilled tenderloin of beef, finely cooked, although the baked potato served with the meat was a little too mushy for his taste.
After the salad, there was still plenty of room for coffee and dessert. The cup of Americano was excellent and while slurping it down, we had to decide whether to pick a warm apple pie, chocolate cake or fruit parfait with mango sauce. As it is my sincere belief that every good meal should end with chocolate cake, the decision wasn’t too difficult. And Deco’s liquid chocolate cake with fruit and ice cream is just to die for. Served as the centre of a huge stained glass plate, decorated with strawberries, blueberries, redcurrants, coconut ice cream and raspberry sauce, I almost didn’t want to ruin the classy design. But I did, and the cake was perfect. Crunchy on the outside, melting on the inside. It will definitely draw me back again soon.
Later on I was told that Deco usually gets quite crowded during the evening, when it turns into more of a wine bar than a coffeehouse, serving cocktails, champagne, the aforementioned whiskey and wine to locals looking for a pleasant night out. Open until 01:00 on weekdays and 03:00 on weekends, its relaxed vibe and conversation-friendly atmosphere makes it a good pick for exactly that occasion.

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