Meatand1veg.com‘s first review from outside of London! We thought we would check out Reykjavik and most definitely had to check out what Iceland had on offer when it comes to food.
Skólabrú has amazing reviews and caters well for vegetarians. The restaurant is set back from the main drag in an converted old house. The chic but cozy furnishings work really well to create an upmarket, yet homely feel.
We had two starters, two mains and a bottle of wine. The bill came to £106.
Situated in the heart of Reykjavik this traditional Icelandic restaurant had a lot of of potential. I decided to choose a selection of traditional appetizers to start followed by pan fried duck breast with potato fondant.
The starter was very nicely presented and included; langoustine, a local fish, smoked salmon and cured goose gazpacho. All the flavours were delicious and together complemented each other nicely – my only complaint was there wasn’t enough of each!
For main course, the dish was nicely presented and the duck was cooked well, I initially thought it was over cooked but actually the meat was very tender. The potato fondant looked more like a stack but tasted well seasoned, the green vegetables cooked al dente, just how I like them.
Overall I was very impressed with the food and the atmosphere was especially great at this charming authentic Icelandic restaurant – if you’re in Reykjavik I highly recommend visiting if you get the chance.
There was a 3 course vegetarian menu on offer, but I opted to order off the menu as I really wanted to try the butter dough tart filled with cherry tomatoes, fresh spinach, herbs, goats cheese and lingonberry compote. I wasn’t quite sure of what to expect but when it came out it looks amazing. A puff pastry case filled with homemade pesto, goats cheese, tomatoes and spinach. It was to die for, the best starter I have had since writing these reviews. I wish I had have had it again for my main!
Instead I ordered the vegetarian special; mushroom risotto. It was served with slices of toasted baguette with grilled cheese. They had made the risotto from what looked like basmati rice, which is a first for me, but it was really nice. The consistency was just right, and flavoured really well. The only little criticism I had was, should it have been served with toast? It was a bit of carb overload. I think just on its own would have been better.
If you are going to Reykjavik anytime soon I would thoroughly recommend checking this place out. The food was great and the service was fabulous too! We hadn’t booked a table but the host was more than accommodating, asking us where we had come from and were we enjoying our trip so far. He even gave us a discount card for if we ever came back.