So I love food, I am completely and hopelessly in love with food, and I’ll try just about anything. Next week I’m going to Iceland, and I’ve spent a pretty shocking amount of time researching the best places to go, the local cuisine in Reykjavik and traditional Icelandic dishes.
I can’t lie, some stuff does look pretty grim, for instance; fermented shark, sour ram’s testicles, sheep’s head and cod tongues, but I’ll still give it a try (Nanna Gunnarsdóttir, Guide to Iceland ). Other meals, like smoked lamb, hot meaty soup, and the iconic hotdogs with all the trimmings, look absolutely beautiful.
Something that’s a little bit scary, is how freaking expensive everything is, I’ve lived in London and gone to some fairly nice places in my time, and I’m still going to find it bloody difficult parting with twenty pounds for a pornstar martini. The average pricing seems to be around twenty pounds for a burger, and forty pounds for a main at an upscale restaurant. Still, it might be once in a lifetime, and I’ll be damned if I miss out on something delicious, that I’ll never have the opportunity to try again. On the bright side, there looks like there are plenty of novel, tasty street food spots we can visit while we’re out and about.
These are some places I NEED to tick off my list:
The Fish Company
Pretty much every guide to good restaurants in Iceland mentions this place, it has great reviews and from what I can see on the website it looks amazing, albeit pretty expensive. However, they do an ‘Around Iceland’ tasting menu, which gives the opportunity to try a few different kinds of yummy dishes. The cost equates to around £60 per person, which is good for what you get.
The ‘Around Iceland’ set menu, gives you; fillet of cod, sea trout tartare, lamb shoulder and lamb sirloin, with chocolate cake, parfait, meringue and sorbet for dessert. Yum!
Happy hour at the Lebowski Bar
Drinks in Iceland are super expensive as you can imagine, and I hear that the Lebowski Bar has one of the best happy hours, every day between 4-7pm. They also have regular quizzes, and it’s supposed to be great social venue.
Famous for being the best hotdogs, not only in Iceland but in the whole world, I cannot wait to try these. Sampled by Bill Clinton, I’m sure there’s a reason these hotdogs have achieved world acclaim, it’s supposed to be packed at this stand, but the internet reassures me it’s worth the wait- I’ll have one with everything!
Noodle Station Soups
This place is meant to be really good value, you can choose to have your noodles with beef, chicken or veg, the soup looks great, and tourists and locals have left rave reviews all over the internet. I can’t wait to try the secret family recipe of herbs and spices.
Tommi’s Burger Joint
Voted the Best Burger, in the Independent in London, this now famous burger chain started in a few locations in Reykjavik.
The Lobster Hut
I’m not a big lobster eater, but this place looks great, and for Reykjavik it’s actually pretty cheap. The soup looks so amazingly yummy and so do the sub sandwiches, again great reviews and this place has gained lots of fans, all over the world.
My boyfriend and I are pretty interested in Viking culture, so we’ll make sure to visit The National Museum of Iceland. I sort of want a tattoo to commemorate the trip, it will be our first time away together, maybe some kind of Viking rune, but I don’t know if it would suit me. I can’t believe there’s a Phallological Museum, the website says it contains ‘a collection of phallic specimens belonging to all the various types of mammal found in a single country’. Sweet Jesus a museum of dicks. I cannot wait to visit the Blue Lagoon, aside from being my prime Instagram opportunity of this decade, it’s a breath-taking natural wonder. We’re going at night, for extra romantic, lit-upness plus if we get super super lucky and the weather works in our favour, we might see the Northern Lights while bathing in the natural springs.