When I started researching Iceland, figuring out where to eat was my top concern. To be honest, I had no idea whether most restaurants would offer a limited but delicious local selection or a variety of choices of all different cuisines. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Iceland’s restaurant scene was the latter.
Planning well in advance was key because our group was nine people and many restaurants we were considering were small. Our first group dining experience was at Tryggvaskali in the town of Selfoss, which we fit in as our last stop on the Golden Circle We instantly fell in love with the eclectic decor of the restaurant. Most of our group opted for a pre-fix menu special, which offered a starter, main course, and dessert. I chose a fantastic lobster soup as my starter, lamb as my main course, and a chamomile cake for dessert. Both the lobster soup & lamb were huge hits with our group. The most memorable experience at the restaurant by far was conversing with the staff. The bartender was awesome and advised us on how to have a true Icelandic bar experience complete with an introduction to Opal, a popular local spirit that tastes similar to American cough syrup.
In addition to more traditional restaurants, Reykjavik has some amazing late-night options. Some of my favorite food in Iceland was at the food trucks stationed in a square outside of the Reykjavik bars. My personal favorite was the Icelandic Fish and Chips truck. For the equivalent of 8 USD you can get the local catch of the day with sweet potato or regular fries and your choice of a ton of great sauces. My favorite was the house cocktail sauce. Another popular option with our group was Dons Donuts. Some in our group said they were the best donuts they’ve ever had!
We topped off our last night in Reykjavik at Resto, which was in my opinion our best meal of the trip. The menu was comprised of a lot of fish and some vegetarian options, which were all delicious. I ordered a salmon entree, which was some of the best salmon I’ve ever had. To top it off, our entrees were paired with a variety of delicious wines. I will definitely be back!
Although we only had a few days to sample the food of Iceland, the fresh selections and eclectic settings were a perfect complement to the country’s natural beauty. I’m looking forward to going back and discovering even more amazing food.