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“Good basic food, inexpensive (for Reykjavik!)”

Icelandic Fish & Chips
Ranked #66 of 516 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
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.
Reviewed September 15, 2013

The location is great: just in front of the harbor. The service concept is very basic, but the staff is very friendly and enthusiastic. Basically, you order at the counter, and they will bring everything at your table reasonably fast. I took fried (very tasty, firm meat) and rosemary potatoes, and I tried three different skyr dips. Well, I could not resist taking the onion rings too...

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

The reviews were great so we had high expectations. They failed to meet most of them as they touted their spelt batter (really, its deep fried, what health benefits can organic spelt provide?) The roasted potatoes were good and the fish fresh - but nothing special and certainly was not a memorable meal for the food, just our disappointment. Family had the deep fried fish and I had the coriander- pesto baked fish on shredded turnip - bland and oily. Boring. Also, the semi-table service was hardly "service".

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Thank Zinfidele
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

This small restaurant can get very busy with long lines during peak times.

The food was great but the portions are fairly small. I would eat here again.

Thank SwedeAbroad
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

This organic fish restaurant is great! We had fried ling on mango salad with potatoes. It was so flavorful and fresh. The restaurant is simple and lively. I wish I could eat here every week!

Thank LaraRuss
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

One of the things we've observed about Scandinavia is that they don't seem to obsess over fruits and vegetables like Americans do. So meals are mostly meat and potatoes. This was no exception. Fish was fried, and fried was the preferred cooking method pretty everywhere we ate. The prices are moderate, which is good, and the fish and potatoes were tasty.

Thank Stephanie T
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