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Sep 13, 2004 12:37 PM


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I'll be Rekjavik for about a week later this month. Can anyone make restaurant suggestions - especially where the locals eat?

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  1. Vid Tjornina (spelling) which means by the lake which is where it is. Very traditional Icelandic cooking with things like puffin bird and cod cheeks. Cozy lounge for afterdinner drinks. Beware, alcohol is expensive and following locals my bring you more too Mcdonalds than to someplace nice.

    1. >>Can anyone make restaurant suggestions?<<

      Yes, my suggestion is to bring TONS of money!! Rarely have I felt so poor when traveling - and I'm not a student, but a middle-class professional person. I was there last month, and was SHOCKED at the prices, for food, drink, clothing - everything. I had the cheapest beer at a local bar/restaurant which was called Thorvassen (the place, not the beer) or something like that, in the heart of Reykjavik. It was the equivalent of US$8-9. Also at the same place, I had a bowl of Asian-style chicken noodle soup, a bread basket with olives, and a glass of pineapple juice, and the total came to around $20!!

      Good luck!

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      1. re: LisaM

        I second this. You will faint when you see the prices. My advice is to take a universal immersion heater and a mug so you can whip up the odd occasional cup of tea chez vous.

        1. re: N Tocus

          Heehee! NTocus, that's a funny image, and sounds extreme, but obviously we both know it isn't!! Thank God my little hotel had an okay breakfast buffet. I loaded up on that, and hoped it would hold me through most of the day!!

      2. The top rated restaurant is Siggi Hall. I haven't eaten there because I can't afford to. But it is supposed to be great if you want to splurge. It's a modern take on traditional ingredients
        Menu and information here

        Here is a list of recommended restaurants by the Tourist Board

        I've had very good meals at Apotek and Vid Tjornina. Vegamot is a good choice for lunch, and a great place for late night drinking and dancing.

        One of my favorite things in Iceland are the hotdogs bought from the street carts. They are made out of a mixture of lamb and pork. Get them with sweet/spicy mustard, raw onions and fried onions

        1. Hope this isn't too late...

          We had two wonderful meals at Sjávarkjallarinn (Seafood Cellar). Creative Icelandic seafood and lamb with a slight Asian influence. I highly recommend the chef's tasting menu - you get to taste everything, and it's better value (for Iceland!!) than ala carte.


          1. I'm a local in Reykjavík. I've had a job in the very center of Reykjavík where most of the travellers will be dining so let me reccommend to you some good spots to have a meal.

            Oliver - If the weather is nice you can get a table upstairs on the porch. Order todays special especially if they have fish. Beer is very expensive here! Stick to sodas or water.

            Kaffibrennslan - Cozy and rusty. Nice ice lattés. Stick to hamburgers and sandwiches. If you're not very hungry go for coffee and a basket of bread with pesto. Add soup, of which they have some very good ones, and you have a meal! Huge variety of beer - yesterday I had beer 'special of the day' for "only" 350 ISK. That's half of what you pay at Oliver.

            Sjávarkjallarinn - an excellent place if you have something to celebrate. For the casual occasion it's very expensive.

            Bæjarins Bestu - Hotdog and a small coke for 350 ISK (I think). Local favorite for decades. The sausage is contained with old fashioned sheep intestines. Ask for "eina með öllu" or just one with everything (crispy garlic, brown mustard, ketchup, remoulade and fresh chopped garlic).

            Eldsmiðjan - 100m from Hallgrímskirkja. The best pizza in Iceland. Order pepperoni, cream cheese and black pepper. Rumoured for drug trafficking and money laundering.

            Subway - What can I say? Order's the month's special if you are on a tight budget. Only 299 ISK.

            Vegetarian places are aplenty. I recently had a very nice soup at Garðurinn. They make excellent moisty carrot cake. Further down the street is Á Næstu Grösum. Larger and cozier - also a bit more expensive.

            Coffee break - Te & Kaffi on Laugavegur right by the big record store. Very, very good. Excellent salads and cozy surroundings. Go right after lunch when all of the pregnancy vacation parents are there - a good laugh and many cute babies.

            Food culture is very internationalized in Iceland. Stick to the trendy places and ask around - people are seriously friendly to tourists. About the only cheap thing in Iceland is the admission price to a thermal swimming pool. Don't miss them.

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            1. re: jokull

              >>>Ask for "eina með öllu"<<<

              That would be seriously working without a net! I can barely read it, let alone attempt to pronounce it!