This was our first experience of eating out in Iceland and we were initially attracted by the vegetarian options listed on the menu board. To the European eye, the outside of the building is not what one would necessarily expect but this is an Icelandic landmark with a rich history behind it. Inside is quite simply sumptuous. We were warmly greeted by the Front of House manager who showed us to a delightful table after leaving our many layers of coats in the large cloakroom area. The inside of the restaurant was very warm, was highly appointed and matched by excellent service from professional waiting staff.
We were there at lunch time and there was a reasonably priced Lunch Menu, supplemented by a fuller a la carte. The vegetarian options were not on the Lunch menus but were made available with no problem at all. Food lived up to fine dining standards. My wife described her main course of Monk fish as beautiful, very fresh and served to the highest standards. My vegetarian meal was a traditional barley stew that oozed flavours. Wine was, as ever with Iceland, was “at the top end of the market” price wise but 2 three course meals (not from the lunch menu), aperitifs, bottle of wine, beer and coffee came to just under £120. Selecting from the set lunch menu and staying with soft drinks would have halved the bill but this was an occasion (Wedding Anniversary) and was made special. The only problem was this set the bar very high for the rest of the break and, to be honest, no one really came up to this standard.
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