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“Fresh and tasty”

Icelandic Fish & Chips
Ranked #67 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: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, 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 November 19, 2013

I'm glad we gave this place a try. It wasn't terribly busy but it had a steady hum of visitors that cold night. We were shown to a table, handed menus, and then instructed to order at the counter once we made decisions. Everything is a la carte, so if you order fish only, that's all you get: fish. Sauces, salads, and accompaniments are all extra. However, you can grab a free pitcher of water at the counter along with your order number, and bring both back to your table.

Our food was delivered quickly and courteously. The fish was very fresh and tasty. Whatever batter they used, it was light and not heavy or oily at all. We ordered a salad and some potatoes to accompany one of our dishes, and they were both very good. At the end we also ordered dessert in the form of some delicious Skyr, a really nice but small biscotti, and a piece of chocolate. All were yummy!

Prices were on the higher side, but not too bad for its convenient location to the docks and the main shopping district. Bathroom was a little tight, but the dining room itself had high ceilings with masculine decor, and it gave off a fancy air even though the vibe was actually casual.

Recommended!

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Thank aerofaze
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Saw mention in Icelandic Air magazine. Had the lobster soup first time and it is a delicious bisque. Had Red Fish 2nd time and split Cod and Plaicie with my cousin the third. Hate to say it but I can barely taste the difference between the fishes. I love their batter and wish I could just cracklings on the side. Menu changes daily and was quite different on all 3 days I visited in terms of fish. They did have the lobster soup 2 days.

Make sure you note which table you seat yourself at as you need it when you order at the counter for them to deliver your meal. Wish they would have WiFi.

Thank Ronald W
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

I found this restaurant reasonably priced in Iceland and the right amount of food. They had three suggestions of the day, and I chose option #2 which was cod over a mango salad with potato wedges and cumin skyrnnaise. The batter was very light and not too greasy and the fish was very fresh. At the current exchange rates, the meal cost me USD 22. I found the staff very helpful and attentive even when the restaurant was very busy.

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Thank gtg308x
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

The food was really nice, but the service was incredibly slow. We had to wait for about an hour after ordering to get our food (with people coming in after us being served before). I can only assume that there had been some mixup with our order as at one point we were asked if a dish we hadn't ordered was ours (we assumed at the time that this was the right meal brought to the wrong table, but it seems like it was the wrong meal brought to the right table.

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Thank Mike C
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

The majority of reviews on TripAdvisor are spot on: the fish and chips are among the best I have had and dinner runs about $20 a person. All in all, a very fair deal and worth a visit if you like fish and chips.

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Thank mrewright
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