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“Overpriced and Over rated!”

Icelandic Fish & Chips
Ranked #62 of 464 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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.
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
“Overpriced and Over rated!”
Reviewed February 18, 2014

Those were the words our guide used to describe Icelandic Fish and Chips …if we had only listened.

Our dining experience was far from being even average. The prices are off the charts – al a carte on speed. What kind of Fish and Chips joint charges extra for Ketchup and Tartar Sauce? Seriously, that’s an $8 gotcha on 2 plates.

The food, pedestrian, boring and greasy. I'm not sure there was any onion in the onion rings – all I could taste was grease. My fries (oven roasted wedges) were also sitting in a pool of oil.

As for service there really is none. You order at the counter and they drop and disappear. It was fun watching the guy at the next table try to get his fish and salad entrée (that came with no salad) corrected. He had to explain their “house speciality” to them.

I’m sure there are some really good fish and chips spots in Reykjavik – this isn't one of them.

  • Visited February 2014
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“Great food-order vinegar in advance”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

The fish was great. The staff knew a lot about the different types of fish and made great recommendations. The portions were huge and it was a great value for Reykjavik. Don't miss the skyr sauces. You have to "order" vinegar when you order your food because it isn't provided as a condiment as it is in the US or UK.

Visited February 2014
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Great food at reasonable prices”
Reviewed February 16, 2014

This place is well worth a visit, serving fresh cooked fish. The staff were very attentive and helpful speaking brilliant English. Food was delivered hot and the sauces excellent. Also good beer (gull) on tap. The only reason I did not give it a 5 was that the "crispy potatoes were not very crispy, tasty but not crispy.
Only realised they served deserts after paying but would defiantly go there again.

  • Visited February 2014
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Mitcham, surrey
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“Great fish and chips”
Reviewed February 14, 2014

My wife and I came here for dinner. The restaurant was very busy. On entry you find a table and then go to the bar to choose your food and drink and pay. We both had Cod and chips with salad and tartar sauce. With a superb home made bread with olive oil and tea and a ginger soda the bill came to around £30. The fish was beautifully cooked and light and the chips were tasty and well cooked. A great place.

Visited February 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Good old Fish and Chips”
Reviewed February 13, 2014

With all the promise of whale and puffin "delights" it was great to find this eating place down by the fishing harbour. Service was quick and the fish excellent. It was reasonably priced and better than the £50+ per head meal we had the previous night at a "good" restaurant in the centre..

Visited February 2014
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