our first icelandic meal.
matur og drykkur means "food and drink" in icelandic, but is also the name of a quaint restuarant in reykjavik. it's focused not only on icelandic ingredients, but also old icelandic recipes found in history books and manuscripts. it was one of only a couple dinner reservations i had made for our trip to iceland, and it was for our very first night. i had made it an early reservation, 6pm, since i knew we would be tired, but it still ended up being an exhaustive 3.5 hour dinner!
they have both an a la carte menu as well as three tasting menus - icelandic, seafood and vegetarian. we opted to try the icelandic and seafood, which had quite a few dishes in common. all the dishes were beautifully presented and packed full of unfamiliar flavor and texture combinations that worked really well together. definitely a great introduction to icelandic food!
the cod head was the size of a deflated basketball and just way too much (then again, most people probably don't try to eat everything on a fish head the way i do!).
Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland