Hressingarskálinn, or Hressó as it is commonly referred to by the locals, is actually more of a café than a restaurant, although it has surprisingly extensive bistro section. The regular menu mostly consists of the sort of food you’d usually expect to find in a bistro/bar, such as sandwiches, hamburgers, pasta and pizza, but the course du jour generates enough excitement to warrant an extended look.
My selection of the beef fillet for 1,390 ISK proved to be a good choice. The food was tasty and the nicely stacked plate suggested the chef’s unfulfilled architectural aspirations. The supplementary giant mushroom was the grand showcase as well as the crest of the course.
The most obvious advantage for Hressingarskálinn is the location, right in the centre of the city, which makes it a convenient destination. Another advantage is the price, with the most expensive dish priced at a little over 1,700 ISK, with most dishes going for about 1,200.
It is not the sort of place where you’d want to spend a romantic evening during your anniversary. But considering the combination of the price, the quality of the food and the location, you can’t really expect to do any better for a light meal in the heart of downtown.