Icelandic Fish and Chips

So our first day in Reykjavik was spent finding our feet, wandering the City and getting our bearings. We’ll explore the City some more tomorrow.

One place we had planned on visiting was Icelandic Fish and Chips and we’d Pinned it on our Iceland Pinboard on Pinterest so we didn’t forget.

Well, we didn’t and we’re glad of it too.

Icelandic Salt from the West Fjords

They describe themselves as an ‘Organic Bistro’, I’m not 100% sure what that means, but I think I agree.

It’s a Fish and Chip Restuarant, something that’s in my blood. My Papa had an award winning Fish and Chip Shop in Truro, Cornwall and I know he would have loved this place. He would have made time to speak to the kitchen and tell them how impressed he was.

People often forget to congratulate good service and good food, instead just complaining when it’s poor. I’m a believer in showing appreciation for when people do things right.

We walked from our hostel, which was about a mile and a half, and it started to rain as we got nearer. We were glad to sit in the dry and warmth. The staff spoke better English than most English people and were welcoming and friendly. We were shown to a table and given an English menu and a complimentry bottle of Icelandic Spa water.

There’s plenty of choice on the menu. Cod, Ling and Red Fish when we visited. The fish comes in fresh every day, so the menu changes depending on the catch. The fish of the day varies in price from 1290 isk to 1480 isk (£6.83 to £7.84)

Fish and Chips, Iceland style..

The fish is battered, but not with normal batter. The batter is made without eggs. It looks like normal batter but tastes great!

The chips aren’t chips but potatoes, in wedges, but not potato wedges. The potatoes are oven roasted and tossed with parsley and locally produced salt. The salt is from the West Fjords. Lois had rosemary and garlic potatoes and I had ‘crispy’ potatoes. They were beautiful.

The sauces, or dips, are made from Skyr, an Icelandic yoghurt type substance. It’s mixed with an oil, which oil depends on what flavour is being made. Again, plenty of choice, Basil and Garlic, Ginger and Wasabi and Mango just to name a few.

The food was delicious, no greasy after taste that you find with some fish and chip shops and just the right portion size too. Most certainly worth a visit if you’re in Reykjavik.

TOP TIP – Happy Hour is Mon-Fri between 1500-1700 when you’ll be able to get a taster platter of fish and a large beer for 1550 isk (£8.21)

Our costs:

Cod 1480 isk (£7.84), Potatoes 490 isk (£2.59) Sauce 280 isk (£1.48) 500ml serving of Gull Beer 900 isk (£4.77) Total = £16.69.

Not really budget but not too expensive either. We’ll call it a treat…

Ryan and Lois

The plate speaks for itself...

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