So in my three days in Iceland I didn’t actually eat that much, I ate Coco Pops a lot. I did try two new places I wanted to tell you about. In complete contrast to last time I visited Iceland I actually found these two places reasonably priced when compared to Ireland.
I was walking down the street and I suddenly thought I really want some chips right now and there it was. Reykjavik Chips! It was a beacon of light in the pouring of rain.
You can get small, large or family size chips with a sauce of your choosing. You can also get your chips with a fizzy drink/soda for 950kr (€6.50) or with a beer for 1490kr (€10) Here is their website.
Lebowski bar is a fun place for a drink and a burger. They have an entire menu of The Dude’s favourite drink, The White Russian and a menu of burgers names after the iconic characters. You can get a burger on it’s own or you can get fries and a drink. I got the Donny burger and fries and it was delicious! Really quick service and a great vibe. Check out the full menu here.
Now I didn’t venture into this newly opened establishment because the line was so long every day I passed it. There was even a bouncer on the door to stop the madness. I don’t this you can get how long the line was in this photo but it was all the way down to The Viking gift shop. It’s only a donut lads!
I really like the caramel donut filled with custard in the Kornid bakery on Lækjargata street. They also do nice bread rolls. It’s a lot quieter and still as donuty.
So this trip I ventured into more supermarket shops! I do love a good supermarket! So the shop I went to most was the 10/11. This shop is like a Centra (if you are in Ireland), it’s more expensive then say Tesco, it’s good for picking up the odd thing but probably not good to do the full shop there. 10/11s are everywhere and are open late so it’s really easy to go in and busy snacks.
Bónusis your best bet for cheaper food and a good selection of fresh food. I can’t wait to do my shop for my camper trip very soon!
One thing I really should have tried was coffee but I was too warm to drink hot drinks! Is there any more places that I should eat in?
Iceland has no McDonalds or Starbucks, I knew I was going to like this country when I learned this information. Here are some of the things I tried in the three days I was there.
What I Ate In Reykjavik:
First up is Hamborgarafabrikkan (Hamburger Factory) I went to the one in the Kringlan Shopping Center, a really nice mall with loads of shops. It’s a nice setting, with interesting decorations and even more interesting choices of burgers. There is a lot to choose from I decided to get a Morthens (without mushrooms) beef, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and Béarnaise sauce. Yes that is correct, the tastiest sauce is on a burger! It cost 2075 isk which is €14. I liked it very much, it also comes with fries which are very tasty. The burger is very filling and cooked very nicely. It’s is quite like Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Ireland. Very tasty and a nice treat.
One thing I noticed that I was the only one eating the burger with my hands. Everyone and I mean everyone, used a knife and fork to eat their food. I found this very odd so if you want to fit in then maybe choose your cutlery.
The second night I went to Forréttabarinn (Starters) this is like an Icelandic tapas type restaurant down by the marina, sea front area. They have starters and larger starters. Starters cost 1550 Isk which is €10 and bigger starters are 2450 isk which is €16. Now this restaurant is very nice, it’s a nice design inside and the art on the building is gorgeous, it’s got a bar and a restaurant so it’s a great place to chill out. The food is cooked well and very tasty but the portions are small. I had the Teriyaki chicken skewer to start and it is tiny! It was two pieces of chicken on a bed of salad and lentils and a puree of some sort. Very pleasant but small for ten euro.
The main I chose was the cod and pork belly, im not a huge fan of cod or fish in general so I asked if I could just have the pork on it’s own and the chief said no it wouldn’t work, when it arrived at the table I understood what he meant. It was one thin slice of pork and about four pieces of cod, with again a nice puree and tomato sauce. Again very tasty and the fish wasn’t oily and too strong for my taste but again very small for 16 euro.
This place is really nice and I know Iceland is expensive but you should have a meal knowing your going to be nicely full and be comfortable having three courses without worrying how much every plate costs.
I then went to Sjávargrillið (Seafood Grill) This restaurant is on the main street of Reykjavik, it’s a pleasant place with a nice design, terrible music but you can get over that. I once again chose pork, if you don’t already know I love pork! It was pork belly, some poached pears, celeriac, potato, some puree, red cabbage, fig puree and caramel popcorn. Now firstly, there was way too much stuff on the plate, way too much! I didn’t eat most of it. Second, the vegetables were undercooked, the meal was not hot, it was lukewarm and I didn’t really feel like most of the stuff went together at all. The main courses range from 3990 isk (€26) to 6720 isk (€45) and I can whole heartedly say, it is not worth the money. It’s really unfortunate, this is the second best restaurant in Reykjavik and I don’t really know why. We got 4 things, a starter, two mains, one glass of wine and tap water and it was €110. That is way too much money!
Now I have no idea if these are what is normal in Reykjavik or Iceland in general but it was quite difficult to sit through a meal thinking about how much stuff costs. It puts a strain on the atmosphere. These were all dinner places so maybe lunch restaurants are more comfortable but I was busy during the day.
I am not done with the eating in Reykjavik, I will be back to try more food!
Snacks and Food:
I tried a Klenät, which is a twisted doughnut, it was deliciously spiced and half coated in chocolate. It is a scandinavian pastry. It was really tasty and I think it would go perfectly with coffee or a hot chocolate. I got mine in Kornið bakarí (Grain bakery) and it cost 999 isk (€6.50)
I love going to the supermarkets when I travel and scanning the aisles for different and interesting foods. I went to Hagkaup to explore what Iceland has to offer.
One of my favourite things I got was this juice from the supermarket. I was sick in Iceland (typical!) and I wanted to get something that gave me some vitamins. I saw this ginger juice on the shelf and I got very excited, it is really delicious! It’s got a good amount of ginger, a really nice heat. If you like ginger you will love this! I miss it! It cost 204 isk (€1.40)
I was shown poppsalt about two years ago and I wanted to get my own jar, I love cinema popcorn, I love the stale, way too salty, buttery popcorn that is way overpriced but I simply can’t justify how expensive it is! So when I was told about this I needed to pick it up. It is exactly like cinema popcorn and you don’t have to use a lot to achieve the results! It’s 362 isk (€2.40) I definitely recommend you check out the spice aisle and I don’t know what I will do when I run out, I’m just going to have to take another trip!
Another thing you should check out is the lamb soup at Gullfoss, it is a tasty, warming broth thats packed full of veggies and meat. You should check it out, you also get a free refill!
Chocolate:Icelandic chocolate is yummy! They have a lot of variations and they are all tasty! It’s also probably going to be the cheapest thing in the shop so it’s really easy to pick up! I recommend the 45% chocolate, it is delicious!!
Some things I noticed:
Icelandic tap water is wonderful! You definitely don’t need fizzy drinks!
There is a lot of Americanised food. I saw Jolly Ranchers, Reece’s, half liter cans of coke, free refills, KFC, Taco Bell. It’s weird being in Europe and seeing so much american food.
They love fish and pork together. Odd for me but the cod and pork I had was nice.
Eating in restaurants is really expensive!
The supermarket has everything! Lots of european and american stuff.
Gas Stations or garages usually have hot food, like hot dogs, burgers and toasted sandwiches. So they are handy if you are travelling outside restaurant opening hours and on the road.
The Icelandic food I had was generally really nice but the price is quite steep. I would love to try some traditional family food, I wonder what it is like. I also want to try lots of cafes because I’m sure there are some lovely places! I can’t wait to go back. I hope this inspires some of you. Do you have any recommendations?
Ah London, one of my most favourite places to visit and eat everything I can find. This city has some of the nicest places to eat, ranging in prices, you are sure to find something delicious in every part of the city.
The Wolseley is a gorgeous restaurant located in Piccadilly. Once a car show room this large dining area is beautifully decorated with marble floors, pillars and arch ways. They do breakfast, afternoon tea, lunch and dinner so there are many different culinary experiences you can have. I have had both breakfast and dinner at the Wolseley and they were both delicious! The prices are going to be more than your average cafe or restaurant but this place is where you go if you want to spoil yourself with a bit of luxury (and possibly the odd bit of celeb spotting) I highly recommend this restaurant and as Donna would say; Treat yoself.
Whole Foods Market is one of my favourite places to go for an on the go meal, they have hot meals, sushi, cold deli bits and pieces. It’s a great place if you like your organic, fresh and “good for you” foods. There is a large range of breads, snacks, ingredients, wines, beauty products. This shop has all, lots of delicious things. My favourite bits to get there are the vegetable tempura sushi, clif bars and the vegan cupcakes are good too!China Town:
The only place where I can get the best authentic Chinese dim sum and food is Golden Dragon. This restaurant is amazing, has delicious food, fast efficient service. If you like your sweat and sour or your 3 in 1’s there is no point in going. There are buffets that are scattered around that have bits and pieces that you will enjoy. If you like your jasmine tea and adore bamboo steamers with all the glorious food inside then this place is for you! I adore it, unconditionally. Be warned, this is a busy place, you will most likely have to wait but it is worth it.
Princi on Wardour Street is amazing. There are multiple in Milano but this gem thankfully was set up in London. If you like italian food then this fast paced restaurant is perfect! Their bakery is incredible, their pizza is delicious, their other grilled and cooked bits of food are wonderful. Vegetarians and meat eaters alike with love this place. It will be busy but that is testament to how great it is.There is also one more place that I have not eaten in but I will and it will be next year I blog about it but it is The Breakfast Club, there are a few scattered around London but this would be my “local” It sounds like they do really great food and I really want to try it!
The rest of the time I go to Tesco or Sainsbury’s and get a sandwich and eat it in my hotel room because most of the time I am walking around forgetting to eat.
I don’t have any more pictures of these delicious eats. I am sad.
Nestled in Nelson Mandela’s Square there is a restaurant and butchers, The Butcher Shop. Now you might think by the name that they wouldn’t even dream of catering to vegetarians but think again, they may not have as many options as there are cuts of meat but there is a tasty veggie burger and lots of sides of vegetables. The food is high quality but be warned if you are not used to South African portions ask for half. I got two fillet steaks on the bone, two! I left half of it. It is cooked to perfection and utterly delicious. If you are a fan of steak I recommend it entirely!
In Cape Town (city centre):
I had the most delicious breakfast in Dear me, it is just past a market square on Long Market Street. There is a great menu and I can whole heartedly recommend the eggs benedict, the muesli, their coffees, the freshly squeezed orange juice and their pastries look delicious. Note: They are, for some reason, closed at the weekends which I found out to my horror. There is also a dinner restaurant upstairs. (Note: The head chief will have moved away by the end of February. I can’t vouch from then on)
Really tasty food, so many options on the menu. Big portions, remember this when ordering. I really recommend the homemade lemonade, it is so delicious! What I will say about this restaurant however is that it is connected to the hotels in that are in the area, when you check in you are encouraged to eat here and big groups do come in. Think of this when you go to eat, you could be behind an order of 25 steaks which means waiting quite a while for your food. Also items on the menu sell out so maybe go for lunch or early dinner to get all the options available. What I must say though is the staff are absolutely lovely! A wonderful woman by the name of Mollie took care of our table, she is funny and knows whats going on. A true asset to the restaurant!
Snacks I now love:
Nik Naks are these cheesy maize snacks are absolutely delicious and unhealthy. I love them!
South African Jelly Tots are really yummy and not like ours, they are softer and don’t get stuck in your teeth like our ones. Try the sour ones they are eye wateringly good!
In all honestly South Africa loves it’s sugar. Lots of delicious sweets and snacks. Really, you could probably choose anything and it will be good.
I love iced tea, BOS tea is so tasty, refreshing and is my absolute favourite. There are so many versions of rooibos tea you can find all over the place.
Vegetarian? You would be surprised in this country with a love for meat and braai’s, you can find vegetarian options everywhere! They love avocado and halloumi and there is always one or two things on the menu for you.
Portions will be huge. Think wisely if you want to get a few dishes or starters to share because they will look like mains. Your meat main will be huge also.
Try the supermarket, the fresh fruit and vegetables are delicious! The supermarkets are always so well stocked and so cheap! A whole bag of 28 oranges cost about €1.75!
Basically, eat everything, it’s all delicious, just huge!