From Iceland — Angelo


Published July 13, 2007


Located on downtown Reykjavík’s main street, Laugavegur, Angelo is a bistro and bar with a relaxed and intimate feel. The fusion style restaurant offers bar and dining areas as well as a secluded terrace with outdoor seating. On Friday and Saturday nights, Angelo is transformed into a lounge bar offering house music by DJ Pepe late into the night.
The Grapevine was invited to check out Angelo’s new menu one early Sunday evening. The chilled out sounds of Icelandic reggae band Hjálmar combined with the candle lit dining room decorated in rich purple helped to create Angelo’s warm atmosphere.
The Entrée menu features a variety of deep fried seafood including octopus, lobster and prawns averaging out at 1,200 ISK per dish. I selected the Green Salad and Club Sandwich from the Light Dishes menu which also includes a soup of the day and a variety of burgers and sandwiches. At 900 ISK, the huge Green Salad consisting of a mesclun lettuce, feta, green and black olives, tomato, bell peppers and croutons is a tasty meal in itself. The Club Sandwich (minus the ham at my request) comes in at around 1,200 ISK and, as is usually the case, consists of juicy mushrooms, cheese, tomato, lettuce, mayonnaise and plenty of pepper between a “double decker” of toasted bread accompanied by a large serving of crunchyto- perfection French fries.
As a vegetarian I always tend to be a little critical of places that do not offer options for those who do not eat meat. The Green Salad was the only such offering on Angelo’s menu. Taking this into consideration (and although I definitely enjoyed my meal) I probably can not do this restaurant’s culinary offerings full justice.
For those desiring more than a salad and a sandwich, the Main Dishes menu should have you covered. The menu includes some interesting and no doubt satisfying meals including whale meat with pepper sauce (a real favourite with tourists according to the restaurant staff) at 2,300 ISK, “Spear of Seafood” at 2,700 ISK, lobster and salad at 3,850 ISK, and a variety of lamb and beef dishes averaging out at 3,400 ISK.
While this place may fail in pleasing the vegetarian crowd, the restaurant’s new menu certainly satisfies its aim of offering an affordable variety of both light and main dishes.

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