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Our Two Best Meals in Iceland

by /bio/pheymont »

As we come to the end of our week in Iceland, we've also come to two meals above and beyond even the very good ones I've mentioned before. Both are in the city center.

Last night, we went to Skolabru, which defines itself as offering Icelandic cuisine, and gives its address as Radhusstraeti 17 (which is confusing because there's a different restaurant on the Radhusstraeti side; look for Skolabru at 1 Skolabru, the other side of the building).

I had a pleasant salad of mostly fresh young greens with a mild balsamic dressing, followed by grilled rump of lamb with snow peas and a baked potato. Everything was well-balanced, and the lamb had mild but rich flavor (which we've been told is characteristic of Icelandic lamb.) My wife had lobster soup, which she enjoyed, and then an herbed and roasted rack of lamb, with a bit of salad and her own baked potato. Her lamb was also excellent. Skyr with berries finished the meal. Total, including a glass of wine and a beer, about $82.

Today's lunch was at Grill Market (Grillmarkadurinn). The restaurant itself is stunning, with counters and wall decorations of polished wood and driftwood, dark stone and lava fixtures. Service was quick and professional.

I started with deep-fried vegetables, comparable to tempura. Well-done, not greasy at all, and with interesting sauces; my wife had small roasted pork ribs, tender and tasty. For mains, she had roasted redfish with skewered vegetables and salad; I had a "hamburger" which was really more like a delicately-spiced meatloaf. Accompanied by house-made bread-and-butter pickles and deeply-fried potatoes.

Dessert was a brownie with strawberry sauce and caramel, accompanied by an ice-cream "lollipop."

Total including two glasses of wine: about $104

 

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