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Chef Richard Bainbridge on Reykjavik

Chef Richard Bainbridge on Reykjavik

August 10
14:55 2018

The Nordic food scene has exploded over the past eight to 10 years, one reason that Reykjavík has become a cool city to spend a long weekend in.

— When Restaurant Dill opened in Nordic House in 2009 it encapsulated the nascent food scene, and it has led the way ever since. It recently moved but the food still has a classy edge and has raised the bar for Icelandic cuisine. Dill has opened a second restaurant, Holt (above), located in the Hotel Holt. I am extremely keen to try it. The head chef Ragnar Eiriksson has worked in some of the best restaurants in the world, such as Henne Kirkeby Kro in Denmark, as well as Noma.

Grillmarkadurinn, or The Grill Market, is located in the Nyja Bio, originally a cinema. You can sample grilled puffin and whale steaks here. The design takes inspiration from the mountains and waterfalls of Iceland.

— In an old salt fish factory in the harbour area, Matur Og Drykkuroffers an amazing menu of beautiful Icelandic dishes featuring local produce.

— One of the best places to eat in Reykjavík is a food truck called simplyLobster Hut, serving lobster soup and an epic lobster sandwich. If you can cope with the long queue, you won’t be disappointed.


— Before leaving Reykjavík you must try the world-famous hot dogs with crispy onions. And if you’re feeling brave, you might sample Svið, a traditional Icelandic dish of a sheep’s head cut in half and boiled (above).

Richard Bainbridge is chef proprietor of Benedicts in Norwich; his wife is Icelandic and he travels to Reykjavik frequently;

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