VOX - The Reykjavik Grapevine

VOX

VOX

Published September 22, 2006

Located inside the trendy and modern Nordica hotel, the Vox restaurant is not only famous for its stylish design and a first-class evening menu but also for the Sunday brunch buffet from 11:30 to 14:00, where you can gorge yourself on all your body can handle for 2,300 ISK.
I’m a fan of bacon and eggs and similar healthy choices, especially after a busy weekend. Seeing that I have tried the brunch menu at about ten different coffeehouses in town I wonder why I had not tried the one at Vox before.
As a starter we were served a refreshing Mimosa cocktail, composed of orange juice and champagne. We then faced the impressive buffet table, crammed with more goodies than I have ever seen on a buffet before. If you count the food and the complimentary coffee and juice, the brunch is hardly more expensive than what you would expect from the downtown coffeehouses and the few extra coins are well worth spending. With a wonderful combination of everything you could possibly dream about the originality sure isn’t lacking. There are fresh fruits, meat and salmon with horseradish sauce, assorted breads, cold seafood dishes, tomatoes and cheese, grilled shrimp, chorizo with pineapple salad, various potato dishes and of course the traditional greasy eggs and bacon, sausages, pancakes with syrup and steak with béarnaise sauce.
I stuffed a plate and it looked like a piece of art and tasted even better. The yummy dessert table did not disappoint either. Extra accolades to the kitchen for the perfect chocolate mousse.
Everything we ate was exquisite. I only wish I had been able to eat more. To fully cover the entire buffet, one needs at least four trips, something my stomach just couldn’t handle. The only thing I can complain about was the free coffee. It was so weak that it neither tasted nor looked like coffee. Not likely to impressively cap a great meal. In my own humble opinion, good coffee is essential for a Sunday brunch. A quality buffet should not drop the ball on this one. If they fix that not-so-minor detail, there will be nothing left to criticise. SJ

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