Seriously cool, with amazing fittings and furnishing and rated #5 on TripAdvisor for Reykjavik restaurants. Grillmarket is decked out with tree branches for table dividers, chunks of concrete for light shades and a wicked light installation over a spiral staircase leading on the the basement dining room; definitely worth a peek if you are visiting the capital of Iceland.
We had two starters, one main and a side, a glass of wine and a bottle of coke. The bill came to… well we don’t know, because we didn’t have to pay!
I was immediately impressed with the decor and ambience of the restaurant, there was a fantastic spiral staircase which lead to the seating downstairs. I was only in the mood for a light bite so ordered monkfish skewers followed by sauté new potatoes.
The monkfish looked fantastic, three skewers laid out with a rich dipping sauce placed underneath. The potatoes were a little disappointing, slightly undercooked and not seasoned well enough.
Our experience of the restaurant was ruined by having to sit next to two loud obnoxious businessmen who seemed compelled to out do each other with tales of who had made the most money that month.
Grillmarket was on my hit list for Reykjavik, not so much for me but more for Meat. Seemed right up his street, but as it happened I ended up ordering more than him!
I started with the deep fried vegetables in a crispy dough. They more than surpassed expectation considering we weren’t in the most vegetarian friendly restaurant!
The assortment of vegetables included broccoli, mushroom, cauliflower, carrot, sweet potato and onion. The batter was light and crisp and they were served with a delicious homemade basil pesto. The serving was huge for a starter, easily enough for two people to share.
For my main I only really had one option, the peanut steak made from nuts, beans and seasonal vegetables, accompanied by organic Greek yoghurt. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but when it came out it was beautifully presented on a wooden board and garnished with pomegranate.
It’s quite a difficult one to describe, but it was a nutroast-esqe steak served with stir fried vegetables on the side. Unfortunately it wasn’t to my taste, it was very sweet, more like a slice of cake than a steak. I had a taste and so did Meat, but we left it there.
The waiter came to make sure everything was ok and noticed that I hadn’t eaten my main. I explained that I wasn’t really keen on it and apologised. When we had finished our drinks we asked for the bill – he replied “it’s on the house”. What amazing service, we definitely weren’t expecting not to pay! In my opinion it’s service like that which defines great restaurants.
If you are in Reykjavik and are a carnivore I would definitely recommend you check it out.