The atmosphere at Siggi Hall is bright and cheerful, yet classy. It’s set in the sunroom of the Hótel Óðinsvé, so there is lots of natural light. The jazz greats are crooning in the background. It’s fine to dress casually, but a bit of effort in the fashion department would not be amiss. This is not a romantic environment; save your marriage proposal for somewhere a bit more intimate. But if you want to celebrate your recent promotion, or just to enjoy a bit of a splurge night out on your last evening in town, this is perfect.
As one would expect from a place this highly rated, the food is of superior standard and creatively presented. The menu features several fish items, and certainly the parmesan-crusted halibut (2900 ISK) was delicious, although my lamb with blueberry sauce (4000 ISK) was also good. The steamed puddings are well worth the 20-minute wait to cook them. One of the most original creations is an amuse bouche of smoked salmon marinated in gin and tonic – a noticeable yet subtle flavour.
Siggi Hall himself, a famous personality within Iceland from his days as a TV chef, is a real presence in his restaurant. He visits each table at least once to chat amiably in various languages. I found his meanderings quite charming.
Siggi Hall at Hótel Óðinsvé
Þórsgata 1, 101 Reykjavík.
Open for dinner only. Closed Mondays.
Reservations recommended but not required.
Tel. 511 6677 email@example.com