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“Awesome food!”

Icelandic Fish & Chips
Ranked #108 of 563 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, 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 25, 2013

We decided it try this place because we just had to see if they were good. The food was so fresh and even though the fish was fried it was not greasy. It's bills itself as an an organic bistro so I wasn't sure what to expect but I would highly recommend it. This coming from someone that normally does not like fish. Try it, you won't be disappointed. I also have to add that they call themselves semi-self service.

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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Situated across the road from the old harbour, don't be misled by it's close proximity to the fishing fleet, one wrongly assumes freshness & quality, unfortunately neither of these words describe this establishment. We visited on the 22nd November, we can honestly say - one of the worst fish restaurants that we have ever been to. The food has to be ordered & paid for in advance at the counter (they're probably worried that you will walk off without paying for the terrible food!) We both ordered cod with 'crispy potatoes' (unfortunately they don't do chips, which is somewhat misleading since the restaurant is called 'Icelandic Fish & Chips!?) The fish consisted of two small thin cut fillets of cod which were about 60% batter, which were both tasteless & oily, served together with over cooked, (almost black in colour) soggy potato wedges which were cold (requested replacement potatoes - which weren't much better.)
In the end we complained to the staff & demanded our money back - the staff response was could we call back later tonight when the manager would be in!? Needless to say choice words followed & money was promptly refunded, please don't be fooled by it's location - save your money & avoid the likely indigestion & dine elsewhere!

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Reviewed November 23, 2013

It was quiet in the cafe on this particular Tuesday lunch time. We ordered food from the bar. Jugs of tap water available so no need to buy any liquid refreshment. Husband had glass of gull beer which he really enjoyed. I tried one of the home made soda drinks which was also good. Fish was OK. Husband had the cod; me the plaice. Potato wedges OK- could have been crisper. The best part of the meal was the Skyr with berry coulis and walnuts. Yum. Coffee mediocre. Did enjoy the view of the harbour. Wouldn't hurry back.

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Reviewed November 21, 2013

had the battered plaice and cod, with 'chips' and mango salad with some sauce. fish is really fresh and batter incredibly light. the 'chips' were really baked skin-on wedges seasoned with sea salt, and all fluffy inside. the mango salad went well with it too. over all very good impression!

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

This restaurant had such good reviews for delicious fresh fish. We were served oily battered fish and soggy potato wedges. Really disgusting food which we could not eat. Other customers had also left their meals. Not worth a visit.

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