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Restaurant Review: Icelandic Fish and Chips, Reykjavik Iceland

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Iceland . 2013 . Dec 2

This post is part of our Iceland Northern Lights Exploration + London Sightseeing Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

We almost got lost at the Old Harbour of Reykjavik, looking for Icelandic Fish and Chips, an ‘organic bistro’ as they call themselves.  We were keen to try this restaurant because of its great reviews online.

In the end, we had to go ask the friendly folks at Volcano House for directions.  Much to our bemusement, it turns out that the Icelandic Fish and Chips was just a stone’s throw away from Volcano House!  Housed at the ground level of a pretty red and white building, it is easy to mistake this for a private property.

In Iceland where fishing is the number one activity and export, it is clear that the locals pride themselves in using the freshest and the best seafood.  At Icelandic Fish and Chips, you don’t just get your usual fish and chips, but a healthy meal of organic vegetables and quality fish products.  Top it off with their in-house healthy and Skyr-inspired sauces (called skyronnes dips) and you can comfortably dig in to that fried fish without guilt.

The menu is simple, but the choices are plenty.  Usually on offer are the catch of the day, a variety of dips, potatoes, salads and soups. Ordering is simple, you simply tell the counter staff your choice of fish, skyronne dip and side dishes, and get your own iced water at the side bar.  The food and ordered drinks will be sent to your table.

Prices are very reasonable, and we even consider this very cheap relative to other restaurants in Reykjavik.

The interior is clean and spacious, and depending on your choice of seats, you could potentially enjoy the views of the Old Harbor and stunning views of Mount Esja.

The fish is perfectly cooked.  The exterior is crispy and fried to perfection, and yet does not have the reek of oil in it.  The interior is soft and tender and the freshness of the fish is obvious.  This is undoubtedly the best fish and chips we ever had.  And while our mango skyronne was undeniably unique, we still preferred the meal without any condiments.

Final Verdict

Never leave Iceland without trying their fish and seafood.  The Icelandic Fish and Chips offer a remarkable meal at a low cost, and is wonderful for a pit-stop if you happen to be exploring the Old Harbour.

Icelandic Fish and Chips
Tryggvagata 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 1130 - 2100
Saturday - Sunday 1200 - 2100

This post is part of our Iceland Northern Lights Exploration + London Sightseeing Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

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