Apparently this bar had fed the protesters outside the bar and then allowed some of them to escape into the bar when the tear gas was released. The customers had a great view of the entire protest and the photographs were taken on that night as it was so important a historical event in Iceland.
Our bar man was also very welcoming but did explain that the bar was under new management and that they no longer offered the taster menu. He did tell us of a couple of places that did and one was miles out of Reykjavik and the other was Café Loki where we did have lunch the next day.
Once we had established that this was the place we were looking for and that sadly they no longer offered the taster menu we hummed and hawed and finally decided to stay and have a drink there and think about whether we would eat here or go hunting for somewhere else again.
My husband asked what local beers they had and the barman recommended a draught beer that was local for him. I went for my usual white wine spritzer and we sat in the window looking out at the square. Once we had sat down we decided that the menu may not be icelandic but having travelled all day neither of us were feeling very hungry and it looked okay to us.
My husband ordered a pork sort of open sandwich which he enjoyed. I chose a noodle dish which was quite spicy and very tasty. We had a second drink each and enjoyed chatting to the barman about the photos on the wall and the riots over the Iceland debt; the economic situation in Europe and the world generally and the fact that Iceland owes us a lot on money and that they were challenging the interest rate and so on. We also said that we had been pleasantly surprised by the cost of things in Iceland as we had always been put off by the high prices before. He said that it was because Iceland had de valued their currency but the down side was that it was more expensive for them to travel now.
The bar was very casual looking, almost hippy laid back with a bookshelf at the door full of leaflets and brochures all rather haphazard. The floor was wooden and the furniture basic wooden and nothing flash at all. The bar went further inwards so it was narrow and went back a long way and that seemed to be where most diners were seated rather than near the bar which is where we sat.
Although initially we were disappointed not to have our Icelandic taster menu offered here , we ended up with a nice meal and a friendly chat while enjoying a drink or two so it made a very pleasant start to our few days in Iceland .
I just had to share the lovely translation of their website done presumably by Yahoo/Google translation that I found when looking up the hours of opening;
“The Icelandic Bar is open from 11:30 each day and is open for 3 weekends and the kitchen for 23 whole days.
Beer jug requests frozen, the music like an Icelandic cuisine though it is actually the original plot.”
So there you have it. The food and music are the original plot! The beer can be requested frozen in jugs and the opening times are very peculiar!
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