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Restaurant Review: Sjavargrillid Seafood Grill, Iceland

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.

Sjavargrillid Seafood Grill came with strong recommendations from the hotel we were staying at Reykjavik – the Fosshotel Lind. It was our last evening in Reykjavik Iceland, and we wanted to have one last good meal before leaving for home.  But really, the whole idea was to have a taste of authentic Icelandic cuisine and to savour some delicacies which a friend recommended.



Sjavargrillid Seafood Grill lies midway between the charming Hallgrimskirkja church and the busy Laugavegur shopping street.




It made it all the easier for us, since Laugavegur is next to the Fosshotel Lind and we dropped by Sjavargrillid Seafood Grill for an early dinner after a day of shopping.  The day ended with a night visit to Hallgrimskirkja church (believe me, the night view has a different view from its day view) before making the final short walk back to the Fosshotel Lind.

Young Chef of the Year

It was in 2010 that a young lad from húsavík, a little fishing town up north, was awarded the title "chef of the year 2010". The young chef, Gústav Axel Gunnlaugsson had spent months traveling around Iceland looking for the real taste of Iceland and along the way they found a few things that now are key items of the interior of their new restaurant.

An old freezing plant from Flatey in Skjálfandi, in the far north of Iceland now serves as a backdrop for the bar at restaurant sjávargrillið and all around the restaurant you will find driftwood that the two friends, Gústav have found on their travels and dragged to the restaurant on Skólavörðustígur 14.
On the road the gústav came up with a menu like no other, gústav's interpretation of the collective grill taste of his homeland, Iceland.



Luke-Warm Service

We would strongly recommend making a reservation if you are looking for dinner at Sjavargrillid Seafood Grill.  The restaurant does get crowded and full in the evenings. Although we went in for an early dinner when the crowd had not arrived yet, service at the Sjavargrillid Seafood Grill was still a little luke-warm and lacklustre.  I sincerely hope that it was not due to the fact that we are Asians.

Sjavargrillid Seafood Grill (Credits: http://www.sjavargrillid.com/)

Exotic Food

Sjavargrillid Seafood Grill prides themselves as serving the freshest seafood and the best grills.  To start off our meal, we ordered a starter of Smoked European Shag (a bird), Puffin and Marinated Minke Whale served with blueberry, fennel, red onions and hazelnut (2,650 ISK).



The objective was really to have a go at eating the whale and puffin - which our friend recommended as exotic must try food.  With this starter dish, we sampled 3 exotics in one fell swoop, and we are glad that that it came in small quantities, for though they are delicacies, we really could not get used to the taste of a bird, a colourful puffin and a beautiful whale!

The two birds tasted too gamey for us, and while the whale was a bit more palatable, the aftertaste was too strong and overwhelming.  Nevertheless, Sjavargrillid Seafood Grill did a wonderful job with the combination of ingredients to complement the taste of those meats.




A most innovative way to serve butter - on a natural rock which occurs in abundance in Iceland. Aesthetics aside, the restaurant do serve very decent bread and starters.













For Our Main Course, we ordered the Grilled Lobster Feast (7,300 ISK) to share.


Ocean Pearch (Also known as the Pacific Rockfish)



Grilled Langustine




Pan Fried Plaice (Flat Fish)




Grilled and Deep Fried Langustine








Beautiful Restroom

The main thing that impressed Tommy was not the food, but rather the restaurant restroom! It is certainly the most luxurious and spacious restroom that we have seen in a restaurant!!




Final Verdict

Sjavargrillid Seafood Grill is one of the top restaurants in Reykjavik Iceland, and is highly recommended place to sample local cuisine in a fine dining setting or pamper yourself at the end of a long trip.  It is however not recommended for budget travellers due to its price range.

Sjavargrillid Seafood Grill
Skolavordustigur 14
101 Reykjavik Iceland
+354 5711100
http://www.sjavargrillid.com/#!en-heim/ctv3 (English website)


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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