We recently visited Reykjavik and Akureyri, Iceland for five days -- and while seeing the Northern Lights and racing into geothermal baths (twice) in freezing weather were the outdoor highlights, the best three hours of the trip were spent at Dill Restaurant in Reykjavik enjoying a fabulous seven-course "New Nordic" feast. We actually lucked into this, since Dill was only $5 on the list of best restaurants in Reykjavik when we checked Trip Advisor, we only ended up there after making a mistake on another dinner reservation, and it isn't (for now, at least -- apparently they are relocating in a few months) in the central business and tourist district of the city, but rather off by itself in the Nordic House near the University of Iceland. Indeed, our cab driver wasn't sure we were in the right place when we arrived, but once we settled into the small dining room, we quickly realized we had made a fortuitous choice. (We arrived on the early side, around 7 pm, but within an hour the restaurant was packed, mainly with locals.)
Our server, who had lived and traveled throughout Europe, was incredibly well informed and attentive, guiding us through seven courses of food and wine pairings. With each course, we thought perhaps things had peaked, only to be amazed with what followed. The descriptions here -- herring salad with cumin cream and rye bread, red beets baked in hay with estragon cream and walnuts, goose breast in mushroom oil, caramelized potatoes with red cabbage, etc. -- simply don't do justice to the creativity of the cooking and mix of ingredients. Each of the four of us tried and loved offerings that we had never experienced before, including some with intriguing names like "sweet and sour Christmas tree" and "goose legs" that (unlike the aforementioned breast) were actually something else entirely. The sourdough bread, gingerbread with blue cheese, and mini-offerings of "skyr-dirt smoked lamb" and mustard-crispy pork, were equally exciting. And the wines, from a Alsace Riesling to an Etna red to an unusual sparking red from the Loire Valley, each were perfect fits -- and were lovingly described by our server.
I could go on, but the bottom line is that this was one of the great dining experiences of our fifty-plus years -- more memorable than the Inn at Little Washington not far from our homes in the Washington, DC area or other "destination" restaurants we've been to in the US and abroad.
Dill alone is almost worth the trip to Iceland -- and for those already planning to be there, it simply cannot be missed. We had other very good food in both Reykjavik and Akureyri, but this restaurant absolutely has to be #1 there by any standard. Unforgettable!
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