This was to be our 'special' meal of the whole trip, a slightly delayed Valentine's Day feast, so we pushed the boat out, got properly dressed up and took a taxi to Perlan.
The restaurant at Perlan is stunning; a huge dome set on top of water storage tanks, it has magnificent views out over Reykjavik and the surrounding countryside. Even better, the restaurant revolves so you get to enjoy all 360 degrees of the panorama whilst you eat. At night, with the dome twinkling with hundreds of tiny lights, it feels quite romantic.
We opted for the special 4 course menu, advertised as a great way to taste the highlights, with accompanying 4 glasses of wine, which the waitress told us had been especially selected to complement the food.
The first course of citrus-marinated sea trout with yoghurt sauce was lovely, light and fresh. But the specially selected wine turned out to be half a glass of a bland Pinot Grigio - a disappointment which was exacerbated when the next course, lobster soup with lobster tails, was also accompanied by a small glass of this drab plonk. The soup wasn't the best, but it wasn't bad; it most definitely did not go with the wine. Things continued downhill with the main course - lamb "prime fillet" with beetroot and pickled shallots. The restaurant at the Ranga hotel had taught us just how special Icelandic lamb could be. Unfortunately this dish was not in that category - a meagre lump of poor quality meat, unevenly cooked and served with no sauce to disguise its inadequacy. The accompanying wine was a Chianti, so rough that it was undrinkable. Perlan redeemed itself slightly with a pretty and tasty dessert of vanilla ice cream with chocolate brownie and caramel, served with a pleasant Trivato dessert wine, but overall this meal was a huge and expensive disappointment.
Go for the views and the Saga museum, but not for the dining experience.
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