From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Aðalstræti 12, 101 Reykjavík
- Phone: +354 578 8877
- Web: fiskmarkadurinn.is
- Seats: 90
- Opening Hours: Mon–Sun 6-11:30 PM
Atmosphere and taste sensations on every level
When the thinly sliced pieces of minke whale fillet meet the heat of the Japanese Robata Grill for five seconds, magic occurs. The bitter surface seals the juicy, fleshy flavour from the tender whale meat. The experience is enhanced after we dip it in soy and ginger. The meat is topped by grated horseradish where bits of red currants give an acidic kick to the bitterness and umami. With this we drink a Hrefna Belgian Strong from Borg Brugghús with deep, fruity forest notes of crowberries and blueberries. It’s sensational. Restaurateur and Chef Hrefna Sætran has not only brewed the beer, she is also responsible for the interior in the old yellow wooden house – one of the Reykjavik’s oldest – where the walls are decorated with moss and old tree stumps. The light from the table lamps with shades made of fish leather creates a nice ambiance, to which a knowledgeable and light-hearted service staff contribute. Throughout the meal we choose dishes to share, like a stylish lemon-glazed char with an intense green purée of edamame beans and crispy rye bread. It works well with the sour Leifur beer. The beer and wine pairings are consistently creative. Like a bitter hops Úlfur India Pale ale with red beet-coloured tempura-fried shrimp with melon and jalapeño dressing. Or a bittersweet Úlfrun paired with a lightly salted cod with dried cranberries, sweet celery salad and a silky potato purée. The confited leg of lamb belongs to the island’s best, served with preserved beets and a variation on mushrooms. The Garún Icelandic Stout holds its own with a burnt sweetness. The conclusion is notably good: a grand Icelandic dessert with exotic fruits, ice cream and a smoking crater of raspberry mousse and liquorice...
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