A new restaurant in the capital’s harbor, this establishment holistically represents the depth and the incredible culinary variation within Nordic gastronomic culture. Some delicious dishes that accurately represent Nordic culture include fermented shark, sheep’s head, and other interesting plates that are fairly priced for both locals and tourists alike. As dining out can be a bit pricey in Reykjavik (since the island country imports goods), an average plate at Matur og Drykkur is around twenty dollars. Below is the breakdown of the six course meal offered at this beautifully designed, homey restaurant on the waterfront.
For starters, the first course is a charred flatbread with arctic char (similar to salmon) and horseradish. What makes this particular dish so special is the way the charred flatbread is presented (as four distinct islands playing on different textures). After a fair share of paper-thin slices of dried fish, Langoustine tail is without a doubt the main attraction. The tail was decorated with an abstract swirl of fragrant dill oil and dulse, a nice garnish of dried fish shavings grated on top.
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