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“Finally dined here after too many years...”
Review of Narfeyrarstofa

Narfeyrarstofa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $38
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Narfeyrarstofa restaurant and café is the oldest operating restaurant in Stykkishólmur. It’s a family business and is open all year round. Narfeyrarstofa’s menu features inventive dishes served artfully in the beautiful surroundings of the restaurant, where utterly charming views from the premises bring life to the atmosphere. There is a strong emphasis on creativity in the kitchen, and it is safe to say that craftsmanship is held in high regard, as the ingredients are of the finest quality and sourced locally wherever possible. Narfeyrarstofa’s chefs prepare all ingredients from scratch, and the kitchen makes use of a powerful meat processor as local meat is prepared in different ways for the various dishes on the menu. From the restaurant there are views over Breiðafjörður bay’s “natural pantry”. Ingredients from there are on the table every day, exceptionally fresh. Blue mussels from Breiðafjörður are always on offer when in season. The menu also has a selection of hamburgers, proclaimed to be “the real deal”, “juicy” and “even better than búllaburgers” by our guests, who come back for them again and again! Our wine menu is unusually diverse and features specially selected wines of various types. The restaurant is in a two-storey house built in 1906 in the heart of Stykkishólmur, by the old church that towers over Aðalgata. There is room for 70 people indoors, and it’s also possible to sit outside when the weather’s nice. The atmosphere at Narfeyrarstofa is warm and welcoming, and the staff and the owners do everything they can to provide outstanding service to their guests.
Reviewed August 3, 2014

I first visited Stykkishólmur in October 2011, and unfortunately, the restaurant was not open, so my partner was not able to treat me to Narfeyrarstofa's wonderful delights. We finally traveled through Stykkishólmur on July 31 and were able to dine here. We arrived around 8 and were surprised that we were able to be seated instantly, since this place is so popular among tourists. However, the table we were given was less-than-desirable: it was on the first floor, butted up directly against a large wall, and surrounded on all sides by other occupied tables. My fast-thinking fellow bolted upstairs to see if any tables were free, and low and behold, only two couples were dining there while the downstairs level was nearly full, so we were moved upstairs, where it was so much more quiet, romantic, and peaceful.

I had the Stakksey (seafood and pasta) for 2590 ISK and my partner had Stekkjartangi (the catch of the day) for 3800 ISK. Admittedly, I wasn't a huge fan of the dinner rolls which were brought out at first (airy, not very hearty, but had herbs in the dough, which was nice), but I did enjoy my main course, especially the shrimp in the dish. The main courses were beautifully presented, and our server was attentive and endured my basic Icelandic. For dessert, we enjoyed "Leynir," the ice cream plate, for 1550 ISK -- two scoops of homemade strawberry, two scoops of caramel, and a delicious chocolate stick.

All in all, the food was delicious, and we paid less than we would for a similar (or worse-quality) meal in downtown Reykjavík. If you're in Stykkishólmur, go here, and ask for an upstairs table!

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Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Party of three. Ate fishsoup as main dinner course. Very tasty filled with clamps, mussles, fish etc. Really yummy but small portion.
Dessert. Ice cream, chocolate cake. Ice was OK, chocolate cake excellent
Excellent white wine. Took beer from local micro brewery. Very tasty with hops and fruit tastes. Best Icelandic beer so far much better then Gull or Viking.

Thank pieter111
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

Honestly, you would not expect to get this amazing food in a small wooden house in a village somewhere in Iceland. In the rest of Europe, you would have to wear suit and tie to be allowed to a restaurant serving stuff with comparable quality, but in Narfeyrarstofa you would not expect that anybody wears a suit within several kilometres, not speaking about ties. But let’s talk about the food.

Our favourite was a starter named “Klofningur” – a flat stone on which a variety of culinary delights is served: smoked lamb, shrimps and liver paté are the more expectable parts, but you will also find less frequently served things (at least outside Iceland) like fried seaweed, cured shark, marinated whale (if you can arrange that with your karma) and cormorant. What makes this platter really spectacular is the elaborateness spent on each part to make it something really special: The smoked lamb for example comes with perfectly matching beetroot sticks, the herring in a wonderful blueberry dressing, and the shrimps are accompanied by a delicate pesto. Amazing taste sensations!

The main courses are composed with the same accuracy and careful handling of different aromas: The salmon came with cashews, shrimps and herb butter and was delicious, same as the catch of the day. The mink whale (served together with breast of Guillemot) was as tender as it could be and harmonized fantastically with the beetroot sauce and the Icelandic barley. Everything was delightful and we immediately reserved a table for the next night. To make the experience complete, the service is friendly and knows what comes from the kitchen.

Truly, one of the best restaurants we had the pleasure to visit.

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2  Thank CJ_FFM
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

great food, attentive service and nice decor. you cant really go wrong with this place. preferred the ambiance upstairs.

Thank brendalah
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Reviewed July 14, 2014

The waiter was young, yet he knew his "metier" inside out, and sounded convincing. We were gladly surprised to have chosen the catch of the day, presented not only in an appetizing way, and to the taste þ scrumptious to the last bite.

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