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“Great fried fish”

Icelandic Fish & Chips
Ranked #60 of 461 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: European, Soups
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Miõborg
Description: We opened in December 2006. Our goal was to provide fresh and healthy food made with the best available Icelandic ingredients. There was never a question it would be all about fish, fish clearly being our best stuff in Iceland. Borrowing a bit from our neighbours the Brits to make it possible for us to serve a quick meal in bistro style, we went for the simplest of available delights: fish'n chips. But we have changed it a bit. The batter is not the regular one, but our own simplified version without eggs but lots of spelt-spelt being a more complicated carb than regular wheat and therefore crisping up better in the frying oil. Oil-wise, we stay away from Omega 6-laden vegetable oils...Because in the western diet we consume way too much Omega 6. We use rapeseed oil for its tolerance to heat and its Omega 3. And then there's the potatoes: oven-roasted in wedges, and tossed in freshly cut parsley and the locally made salt from Saltverk. We don't wanna fry them because they are high in carbs. Unlike protein-based fish, carbs soak up oil like sponges; we know that oil is essential to our diets, but we really don't wanna overdo it. Anyways, oven-roasted potatoes keep better the potato flavor and we love potato flavor. To us salads are essential to any meal heavily laden with Omega 3. Therefore we offer a selection of salads to everyone's taste. Last but not least our dips are made from skyr, technically fresh cheese, but a uniquely Icelandic milk product that for ages we have treated a bit like yogurt. It is a virtually fat-free protein base that we generously mix with good oils such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and sesame oil, according to what flavor we are mixing in. Everything on the menu is made in our kitchen with the best possible ingredients we can find.
Toronto, Canada
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“Great fried fish”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2011

We had a really pleasant meal here in early June. Obviously the fried fish was the highlight, although there are eight different dipping sauces (Skyr) which were great, and three types of roasted potatoes (which were so-so).

Overall the restaurant was good value and I would go back again in a heartbeat! If you are in Rekyjavik and looking for a hearty meal I would highly recommend it.

  • Visited June 2011
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“Great simple dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2011

This was the first restaurant we hit on our trip to Reykjavik, and it didn't disappoint. The restaurant is exactly what it promises... Fish and chips. Choose from a variety of available fishes (we chose cod and blue Lin), with a variety of tartar sauces (we tried a chili one and a garlic one; both were great). Then pick from several seasonings for chips. They came around after we finished and offered dessert... Don't miss the chocolate cake or the hot chocolate. Delicious.

The location was good, though the front of the restaurant was a little unassuming, and it would have been easy to miss, but it's worth watching for.

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“Spectacular”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

I never write a restaurant review on Trip Advisor but Icelandic Fish & Chips deserves it! We ate there three times while in the city. Best fish & chips I've ever had, the fish selection menu changes daily. I've tried the Fried Haddock, the Fried Blue Ling, and tasted the Red Fish. Fried Haddock was the best but Blue Ling was good too. However, what you absolutely MUST GET is the lobster tails!!!! Omg we didn't have them til our last day and if I had known how DELICIOUS these were I would've ordered them every night!!! Seriously, on my list of best things I've ever ate. The lobster meat in Iceland is succulent and soft, unlike the meat we get here in America. The potato and the onion rings also very good. The one thing I didn't like was the sauces, all of them seem to be on the tangy/sour side.

The first and second time I was there the place wasn't so busy but on our last night it was packed! So don't know when the best time to go is, probably earlier around 6-7. After 8 it seems to get very crowded.

Note you must order at the counter and they bring the food to you. You also have the option of paying upfront or after. Better to pay upfront so you don't have to wait in line again.

Service wise, do not expect much. The place is run by young girls who were very sweet but didn't seem the brightest bulbs it terms of managing the seating efficiently (and on one occasion forgot to bring one of our orders).

  • Visited June 2011
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“Nice twist on fish and chips”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

Good value, and the fish and chips are the best I've had in a while. Can be very busy and closes (at least on the weekdays) at 2100.

  • Visited June 2011
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“Great fish, great view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2011

If you get a window table (and there are many) you have a view of the harbour. It was pricey but also seemed like everything in Reykjavik was expensive so not any more than anywhere else. The fish was great. You order your fish and your side and your sauce all separately and can order just one or the other if desired. If you get a combo it is cheaper than ordering each separately but there are only a couple of combos to choose from. We ordered the first combo with was haddock (lightly fried), potato wedges, and tartar sauce. The meal was really good. You get your own water and silverware and order at the counter. They give you a number and bring it out to you. Service was quick.

  • Visited June 2011
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