The streetscape of Skólavörðustígur, stretching up from Laugavegur to the Hallgrímskirkja church, has changed rapidly in the past few years. Where there used to be less inviting clothing shops and old apartment buildings there are now numerous galleries, designer stores and gourmet shops. Among them is Fylgifiskar, translated as Follow that Fish, a gourmet fish store and lunch deli specializing in everything that can be caught in the ocean. A true pleasure palace for all food lovers and the first of its kind in the city centre, the shop is a welcome addition to the downtown dining tradition, especially for all the workers and inhabitants in the area. A generation that craves a diverse, healthy diet and modern ways in preparing fish has therefore welcomed the chance to choose from an astounding array of the seafood served in the shop from lunch to dinner hours.
Only freshly caught fish is good enough for this shop. Although somewhat small in size, it offers a large variety of fish products, including halibut, haddock, scallops, monkfish, lemon sole, shrimps, catfish, salmon and cod and if anyone knows how to cook those delicious treats, it’s the chefs at Fylgifiskar.
Serving daily specials until 14:00 every weekday, Fylgifiskar is an excellent choice for hungry patrons who can grab some spicy oriental fish soup, tortilla wrap generously filled with salmon and vegetables, fish of the day or just eat on the spot seated on a bar-stool with magazines to read. Small salads including piri-piri shrimps, smoked-trout salad, the best crab salad one can get in this country and excellent sushi trays are true luxuries and available for a reasonable price.
Another opportunity to enjoy a fine Fylgifiskar meal is to choose some take-away. The wide selection of pre-prepared fish that’s been marinating in all sorts of exotic sauces is a treat every day of the week and comes highly recommended. You may select from at least eight different items and several small courses. Be it a dish of artic char with sesame seeds, fresh coriander, garlic and sweet chilli-sauce or the traditional favourite Icelandic plokkfiskur, a homely fish stew with potatoes and onion in white sauce, a recipe just like you would get at your moms place. Add some rye bread and butter to your basket, crucial combos to the Icelandic speciality, and you’re all set for a yummy meal. In fact, if your hungry for some fish and salad on the side, there’s no need to stop anywhere else on the way home. Selling vegies, sauces, potatoes, rice, cheese and almost everything needed for preparing a whole meal, and you don’t even have to cook. Just put the fish in the oven and wait 20 minutes for a piping hot meal. Dinner preparations can’t get any simpler than that.
Opening hours: Open weekdays 11:30 to 18:30. Closed between 14:00 and 15:00.
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