Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What I ate in Reykjavik

After dreaming of all the delicious food I ate in Mexico, I thought I would reminisce a bit on the food I ate in Iceland. Sure, the famously fermented shark hakarl was at the top of my list, but there are many more delicious things to consume in Reykjavik.

Before I left, I made a list of the things I wanted to eat. Because I didn't know so much about Icelandic food, or other food offerings in Reykjavik, the list was more a selection of places than of actual foods:

Te og Kaffi, Baejarin Bestu, Cafe Loki, Hakarl, Black Death, Indian Mango

Yay! I ate everything on my list! Now here is the recap
  1. Food I wished I had but didn't:  puffin, I'm just really curious about it...
  2. Food I had but wished I didn't:  Black Death, it was worse than the hakarl.
  3. What should have been on the list: Icelandic meat soup, so hearty and good.
  4. Biggest surprise: honestly everything. I was not expecting the food to be so good and affordable in Iceland.
  5. Most delicious meal: Well, everything was delicious, but I especially loved my last night in Reykjavik, when my sweetie and I got take out from an Indian restaurant, and ate together in our apartment. What a romantic way to spend our last night in Iceland.
Here are some of my favorite food memories:

Surprisingly delicious breakfast buffet at the Blue Lagoon. Cheese, ham, salami, fish, mustard, scrambled eggs, and wieners. Arrive early so you can enjoy it in peace and quiet! 

Muesli!!!! This was my first time to have it at the buffet in Blue Lagoon, and this started a Muesli obsession in which I had to have it every single day in was in Scandinavia. 

Pad Thai from an "Icelandic-Thai" restaurant in Reykjavik. It was absolutely wonderful, and not crowded at all.

Tom Kha, coconut soup, from the "Icelandic-Thai" restaurant in Reykjavik.

Icelandic meat soup from Cafe Loki!

Crepe from Cafe Loki.

This is the meal to order if you are in Iceland. Cafe Loki's Icelandic Plate II. "Two rye bread slices, one with mashed fish & the other with smoked trout.  Flatbread with smoked lamb. Dried fish with butter and bit of a fermented shark."

Icelandic Plate III from Cafe Loki. "Two rye bread slices, one with mashed fish & the other with egg & herring.  Loki‘s unique Rye bread ice cream."    

A waffle with caramel and whipped cream from a waffle cart.

A fantastic pizza from a local pizzeria! We had one pizza the night we arrived, and the other on the day before we left. The perfect was to start and end a journey.

Our last meal at home. Indian food from Indian Mango, with some juice from a local convenience store.

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