We had some excellent meals in Iceland. Our experience at Gamla was one we will not forget. We arrived in Reykjavik on Christmas Eve day. Virtually everything shuts down that afternoon as church and family dinner afterwards begins at 6pm. Our hotel suggested Gamla, as the owner was preparing a family-style traditional Icelandic meal based on her mother's recipes. We were also asked to bring one Secret Santa gift for each person attending. Gudrun, one of the owners, was doing this for the first time, and we thought it a great success. There were about 20 people from various countries seated at 2 long tables. We were treated to several delicious courses: cured trout, lamb steak with sauce, caramelized potatoes, green beans, beets and rhubarb jam, homemade ice cream, and the special Christmas drink Icelandic malt with Appelsin. See Gamla's website for pictures of the evening. There was much gayety and fun as we received our secret Santa gifts one by one. We returned for lunch after our travels the following week. The restaurant/cafe is cozy, friendly and very welcoming. It is situated on the main "old town" shopping street and felt like a home away from home. Very good home-style food prepared in traditional Icelandic fashion. Ben and Alec (20-somethings) spent our last afternoon there eating and playing chess.
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