Hello, NY Chowhounder here.
Ive read through all the posts regarding Reykjavik and Iceland and now need some help. Will only be there for two days, but with the activities planned I really only have time for one lunch, one long dinner (planning on going somewhere excellent for this meal) and and additional quick casual dinner.
I arrive on a Sat morning and planned on going to the Sea Baron and trying their lobster soup and perhaps some grilled skewers. (not counting this as lunch, more of a snack).
Where should I go for lunch? I was thinking of having a "classic" icelandic meal for dinner (not fusion), so therefore I was thinking maybe lunch at Fish Market? Is Orange open for lunch?
For my main dinner I was thinking either Lobster House or laekjarbrekka. Am I silly for not going to the Seafood Cellar?
Also read about geysir above seafood cellar, would this be a good spot for a casual dinner on my second night? or should i go to Thrir Frakkar?
any/all suggestions are greatly appreciated, thank you in advance for your time!
And 3 Frakkar is worth a stop. Went with a group, so we were all able to sample the cuisine: puffin, sea bird, (don't know which), horse steak, whale 2 ways. All very tasty. I thought the smoking of the puffin overpowered it -- it could have been almost any meat. Other preparations were well received by all.
Yes, some moral misgivings about the manner in which whales are harvested...
Too late for original post, but for future searcher:
Lobster House, (Humarhusid) old standby and still very good
Lystin at Laugavegur 73 - very good menu varies by season. Says it won Rest.of the year 2009 but don't know from who. Had 4-course dinner with wine pairings for $80-90, which doesn't seem that outrageous to me, for all the talk of Iceland expense.
The Sea Baron (Sægreifinn) is VERY casual – essentially a take-out counter with a couple of benches (I don’t think it opened until about noon). A chalkboard menu for whatever they have that day. Certainly Orange wasn’t open for lunch – they had none of signs, menu nor opening hours posted, so I couldn’t really tell if it really existed! But if Sægreifinn doesn’t ‘look right’, then Icelandic Fish & Chips is right opposite!
Didn’t try Lobster House but avoided Laekjarbrekka. As I mentioned in my original post the smell of stale fish turned me off.
When I was there, the Fish Market wasn’t open for lunch, but I’ve heard good things about dinner. It’s also a short walk from the Sea Baron etc. Certainly either Fish Market or Seafood Cellar would be worthy candidates for the main dinner.
Geysir has an extensive menu – including Buffalo Chicken Wings and all sorts of ‘ordinary’ dishes. Wasn’t motivated to even look inside!
I’d say the trip to Thrir Frakkar would be my recommendation for the casual dinner. Several months later it’s the meal I most recall – for the right reasons. More of a Bistro and is very crowded. I don’t think their website is ever updated (the ‘Specials’ are identical to those in April).
And be sure to check what places are open Sunday – that may also change your plans. I left Sunday afternoon so don’t know which were open on Sundays.