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“Vastly overpriced for scarcely average sushi” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sushi Smidjan - CLOSED

Sushi Smidjan
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Restaurant details
Reykjavík, Iceland
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Vastly overpriced for scarcely average sushi”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is a cute little place that serves mostly sushi, but the problem is that it is very overpriced and the sushi is nothing sepcial. They seem to have started out well, hence the rave reviews you read in some places, but at some point they started cutting corners and raising their prices. If you want really good sushi in Reykjavik go to the Fish Market or Rub 23. O Sushi the train is also pretty good and reasonably priced, and SuZushi at the Kringlan mall food court is excellent.

Visited June 2012
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English first
New York City, New York
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Do not go here.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

I was dying for sushi and have seen this cute little restaurant a number of times. I finally decided I should try and visit this place. I'm so disappointed with this restaurant. I have a very high-tolerance for crappy sushi especially when travelling in Northern-Europe, but this place is the worst.

I should have seen the warning signals when looking at the sashimi and noticing it looked more like little noodle pieces than beautifully cut rectangular pieces.

The rice kernels are compacted so tightly in the sushi, and it is barely vinegared. The rice was also hard so it must have been hanging around for a while. The slices of fish is so thin, pretty much 95% of each sushi piece is rice. Please do not go here, even if you are craving sushi. Go to some other place in Reykjavik.

The people who work here have no clue what sushi is all about. Even if they sell little sushi-making packs in the back of the store, they still don't know how to make sushi!

It is also incredibly over-priced.

  • Visited July 2012
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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
1 review
“Lousy.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012

We went there hungry and eager to have fresh, delicious sushi. Afterall, we we in Iceland next to the ocean and this place was highly recommended in some tourist leaflets. We were not sure if we should laugh or cry when we saw our portions. First, they were incredibly tiny and included minimal amount of fish. Secondly, the portions were not beautiful and the rolls not carefully done as sushi should be. We have eaten in sushi restaurants in Japan, Australia, Canada, US and several European countries, but never have had so poor value sushi.
In the menu list they told that you can choose white or brown rice. However, they had no brown rice during the lunch time. The service was ok, but not very friendly, and the food came slowly considering we were the only customers. No wonder.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Soanna
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very good indeed!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2012

I don't really understand why the bad reviews here, maybe we were very lucky. We had chirashi sushi on both nights we went there and it was delicious. The portions are not that big, but they compensate for quality. We will definitely be back next time we are in Reykjavik.

  • Visited June 2012
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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Tiny portions, terrible value”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2012

We headed to this place after reading an article in the commercial "Icelandic Times" (http://www.icelandictimes.is/images/covers/pdf9804.pdf). The restaurant was supposed to serve a "combination of Icelandic fish and sushi". Unfortunately, the only local fish in the menu was mink whale (and salmon, if it counts). Other than that, it was very basic. Nothing special about the interior either.

We walked in hungry and left almost as hungry. I ordered Chirashi Sushi which cost almost 3 000 ISK. I couldn't believe my eyes when I got the bowl which was hardly a size of a small coffee cup with very little fish. Same applied to a tuna maki. You could hardly tell there's tuna in the roll. The value in this restaurant is absolutely terrible.

We walked out angry and feeling robbed straight to another restaurant to get full.

  • Visited May 2012
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