Food: Pure & Simple

Long before there was “organic”, there was Iceland. Our culinary traditions favor pure, wholesome products that deliver bright, fresh flavors. Rich, unpolluted landscapes and abundant clean water offer the perfect environment for growing the best food. Our tight regulations enforce the highest standards in hygiene, taste, and appearance. The proof is in every delectable meal we serve and in every wild blueberry picked from our hillsides.

Long before there was “free-range”, there was Iceland. In spring, lambs are sent high into the mountains to graze on the bounty of our clean volcanic soil then rounded up by horseback in the fall. The tradition still goes on and explains why Icelandic lamb tastes so perfect and delicate. Our meat never lives in a factory.

Long before there was “artisanal”, there was Iceland. Whether we’re making cheese, butter, chocolate, or vodka, our product stands out for its purity and homemade flavor. Iceland is a country without any additives, preservatives, or chemical-enhancement. Our food follows the same philosophy and you can taste the difference: a bite of Iceland tastes 100% natural.

Fresh Fish
In Iceland, cod is life. We understand fish and depend on it, which is why our standards for healthy, sustainable fisheries are so rigorous. To ensure the ultimate in fresh flavor, Icelandic fish are fresh frozen at sea and shipped directly to you. Iceland’s coastal waters are protected from pollution by strict laws to guarantee the highest quality fish. Our proximity to North America makes us the quickest source for fresh cod, haddock, and all your favorite North Atlantic fish.

The Art of Dining
Armed with the purest ingredients and their raw ingenuity, Icelandic chefs dish up an artistic experience that wows all the senses. Our restaurants have a reputation for putting the best of sea, land, and sky onto your plate and always with an unexpected twist. In Reykjavík, dining options range from the iconic to the experimental and with so many restaurants to choose from, your palate never gets bored. Blending unique global flavors with the fresh, organic, and traditional staples of Iceland-our colorful gourmet scene is a destination unto itself. http://www.icelandnaturally.com/culture/food/
Lax-á recommends the following restaurants in Iceland:

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 Spanish-Icelandic fusion

Located with an amazing view over the ocean by the old harbor, down town Reykjavik,  you will enjoy the fun and lively restaurant Tapas house.
Tapas house is so much more than food. Tapas house is a way of life.  Tapas house not only offer the traditional tapa, but a „spiced“ icelandic version of the famous dishes.  The Tapas experience is a celebration of variety and a revolution against formality.  A bit like fishing in Iceland.
Great food, service and a lot of fun.  Please make a reservation the place is always full.
www.tapashusid.is
Ægisgarður 2, 101 Reykjavik.

fish-company-fiskfelagid-iceland-06.jpg Located down town old Reykjavik you will find one of the best restaurant in Reykjavik, Fish Company.  In a charming and cosy setting you will enjoy an adventurous food journey around the world, prepared from the finest and freshes ingredience in Iceland.

Fish Company is located in Vesturgata 2a, in a cellar of the „Zimsen“ building which dates back to 1884 but was lovingly renovated in 2008.  You will recognize the house from a bridge attached to it.
As a satisfied patron remarked; “Without fail, all the best adventures take place under a bridge.”

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On the eighth floor of the Radisson BLU Saga hotel is Grillið, a top floor restaurant that for almost half a century has been a symbol of a perfect night in Reykjavík. The reason is simple, at Grillið quality comes first, in food and drink, service and atmosphere. A night at Grillið is really a celebration for your senses, quality food and fine wine excite your taste buds and the magnificent view of Reykjavík is a feast for the eyes.
Grillið Restaurant truly defines fine Icelandic dining. The restaurant is known for its carefully selected menus of three, four or seven courses with specially selected wines to match every course. The menus are created from the freshest in season icelandic ingredients and prepared with a touch of the new European cuisine.
To reserve a table visit our website: www.grillid.is, give us a call on +354 525 9960 or send us an e-mail on grillid@grillid.is

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Gallery Restaurant is the main restaurant at Hotel Holt. It has always been a leader among Icelandic fine dining operators since it opened in 1965. The restaurant is set in an intimate room with beautiful artwork all around.

The selection of our gourmet menus includes fresh Icelandic ingredients and seafood for lunch and dinner.

Gallery Restaurant has never been better than right now, whether you are looking for a romantic meal with your loved one or a family feast, this is the place to celebrate all that is good in life.

Why not try winetasting in our cellar to set the mood for a memorable evening?

Open every day from 12-14pm and 18-22:30pm
More information: www.holt.is  / gallery@holt.is

 

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The Lobster House, located on Amtmannsstígur 1, has been operated since 1995. In that time The Lobster House has made a reputation for itself as one of the country’s most popular restaurants. The restaurant is located in the heart of the capital and is known for its comfortable and romantic atmosphere.

The house was built in 1838 and its original look has been preserved, which provides the restaurant with its distinctive character. As the name indicates, lobster dishes are the restaurant’s hallmark (trademark). In spite of that The Lobster House’s menu is quite diverse and guests can choose between a range of seafood, vegetarian and meat courses.

The Lobster House’s wine menu is equally diverse, offering a selection of wines from regions across the globe.  More Information: www.humarhusid.is

 

hereford.jpgConveniently placed in the heart of Reykjavik, Hereford Steikhús offers authentic steak in a comfortable setting. The solicitous and amicable staff cater to your gastronomic cravings in a comfortable and cozy ambience. Quality is of prime importance at this steakhouse, so walk by to find good food at reasonable prices.  More information:www.hereford.is