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“Incredible creativity from a great kitchen!”
Review of Borg Restaurant - CLOSED

Borg Restaurant
Cuisines: Seafood, Scandinavian, International, Bar
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Reviewed September 22, 2013

When staying at the Borg Hotel you can't avoid noticing the namesake restaurant or just how great it smells. Did I expect world class food in Iceland? No. Did the Borg Restaurant deliver? Yes! Just one caveat, read on for that.

We both started with salads, the lamb skewers in salad were perfectly prepared and very tasty. Ditto for the shrimp salad. Our main dishes of tenderloin and chicken were absolutely perfect in flavor and presentation. For dessert we had the most creative rendition of "carrot cake" ever along with a superb and incredibly creative coconut cake (who'd have thought the best coconut cake in the world was made in Iceland?). This is also the only restaurant we dined at in Reykjavik where an ample container of ice water was provided at the table.

Now for the caveat. This would have been a 5-star review as others have done except for the wine. Our initial tasting of our selected New Zealand Pinot Grigio prompted concerns about storage or shipping as it barely made its way past our tongues. Our waitress started to defend the wine until she tasted it herself. Our alternative, a Pouilly Fuisse (France) was better but still didn't taste the same as we've become accustomed to here at home. So if you do prefer wine (especially since a mixed drink will run around $20+) be smart. Consider ordering a red or something that hasn't traveled so far. All alcoholic beverages in Iceland are expensive so you'll want to enjoy what you do order.

Staff were appropriate and, like almost every Icelander we met, very friendly and courteous.

All in all, a great gastronomic experience. If you can afford it, treat yourself!

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We had read reviews and hiked into town in order to experience some of the best cuisine in the area. Besides, we are a Star Trek family and the name, alone, made us smile. We took a few wrong turns, arriving only 15 minutes before midday closure, but the staff welcomed us-- most appreciated. My husband's wolf fish was seasoned to perfection. I chose the four tastings in order to sample a variety of foods--each was outstanding, especially the wok beef. We were more than happy we took the time to visit Hotel Borg's excellent restaurant. We bet you'll agree!

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Absolutely splendid meal. My wife had salmon with ling and I had the lamb. Both meals excellent. Good standard of service and pleasantly surprised with the cost. Would definitely recommend compared with other restaurants we went to.

2  Thank Philip D
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Borg is one of my favorite places to go for a drink or late lunch. Their happy hour is on of the best in Reykjavík and is from 17-19 every day.

If you want to go out for a dinner then I am a huge fan of their fish dishes but if you are in to meat - then their lamb is to die for! The design of the place is very stylish and the staff is wonderful. The hostess Gulla is one of a kind! This place is more than just "something" to eat. It is an experience.

Enjoy!

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2  Thank TobbaMarinos
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We were a little weary walking in. First, we came here because we couldn't get a reservation on short notice at the most highly rated place. Here, it was no problem. Then, around 7:00 the dining room was empty, and the room is just off the lobby of the Hotel and there is a bar in the middle of the room. BUT, it was a great meal. First the place filled up by 8:00 and had a lively atmosphere. Second, the food was excellent. We split a bento box for an appetizer, which gave you four different tastes of food. My wife then had the fish sampler, which gave her four of the five fish dishes on the menu. All were good. I had the arctic char, which was the best piece of fish I had in Iceland. So, if you can't get into one of the hotter rated place, this is a great option for a seafood meal.

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LadyGreen76, Manager at Borg Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2013

Dear JJO,

Thank you so much for your review on Borg Restaurant. We are truly happy that you enjoyed the experience.

All the best,
Thora Sigurdardottir
manager

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