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Five Reykjavík restaurants mentioned in the 2017 Michelin Guide

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  • Bib Gourmand by the Old harbour Serving traditional Icelandic dishes with a twist, Matur og Drykkur by the old harbour was awarded a Bib Gourmand mention in the new Michelin Guide for high quality dining at an affordable price. Photo/Michelin Guide Twitter.

In addition to awarding the first Michelin star to a Reykjavík restaurant the 2017 Michelin Guide mentions four other restaurants. One of these, Matur & Drykkur received a Bib Gourmand award, given to restaurants which offer "exceptionally good food at moderate prices." 

Read more: Dill in downtown Reykjavík receives first Michelin star awarded to an Icelandic restaurant

Matur & Drykkur, one of Reykjavík's best up-and-coming restaurants actually got a shout out from the UK Michelin Guide on Twitter in December, where it was described as "a super place". 

The other three restaurants mentioned in the Michelin guide are Vox at Hotel Hilton Nordica, Gallery at Hotel Holt and Grillið at Hotel Saga. Here's what the Michelin guide has to say about these five places:

Dill, Hverfisgata 12

"This small, dimly-lit restaurant has become a favourite destination for New Nordic cooking. It resembles an old barn, and the best of the island's produce skilfully prepared at the central counter. Each dish uses just a handful of ingredients but demonstrates complexity in its textures and flavours."

Dill has one Michelin Star, for "High quality cooking, worth a stop! Using top quality ingredients, dishes with distinct flavours are carefully prepared to a consistently high standard."

Meal prices: Menu 11900/13900 ISK
Good to know: dinner only - booking essential - tasting menu only
Additional information: Private dining rooms

Matur & Drykkur, Grandagarður 2

"This simple little eatery is named after a famous Icelandic cookbook and shares its premises with the Saga Museum. Old recipes are given subtle modern twists, with delicious dishes displaying touches of creativity. Alongside the à la carte are some great value set menus; be sure to order some 'snacks' too."

Matur & Drykkur has Bib Gourmand mention for "good quality, good value cooking". "Bibs" are awarded for simple yet skilful cooking for under £28 or €40.

Meal prices: Menu 3490/5990 ISK - Carte 5300/7800 ISK
Additional information: Wheelchair accessible, Enclosed car park

Vox, Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel, Suðurlandsbraut 2

"A stylish restaurant and bar set off the lobby of the Hilton hotel. At lunch there's a popular hot and cold buffet; at dinner, choices include an à la carte and 'Season' and 'Seafood' tasting menus. Cooking is modern and creative. Good standard."

Meal prices: Menu 8900 ISK - Carte 9800/13200 ISK
Additional information: Wheelchair accessible, Air conditioning, Private dining rooms, Enclosed car park

Gallery, Holt Hotel, Bergstadastraeti 37

"The island's oldest and most highly regarded restaurant sits within the Holt hotel, and comes with red furniture and a huge art collection. Classic French cooking uses top island produce; the cured salmon recipe dates back to 1966! Very good standard."

Meal prices: Menu 3900/14900 ISK - Carte 7650/13500 ISK
Good to know: booking essential
Additional information: A particularly interesting wine list, Private dining rooms

Grillið, Radisson Blue Saga Hotel, Hagatorg

"Located at the top of a hotel; the unusual ceiling depicts the zodiac signs but it's the 360° views that will steal your attention, especially at sunset. The young team deliver an array of ambitious Nordic dishes with clear flavours. Good standard."

Meal prices: Menu 10500/12500 ISK
Good to know: dinner only - booking essential - tasting menu only
Additional information: Interesting or extensive view, Air conditioning, Enclosed car park 

 

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