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“Good food but cold service”

Icelandic Fish & Chips
Ranked #109 of 565 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$35
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Miõborg
Description: We opened in December 2006. Our goal was to provide fresh and healthy food made with the best available Icelandic ingredients. There was never a question it would be all about fish, fish clearly being our best stuff in Iceland. Borrowing a bit from our neighbours the Brits to make it possible for us to serve a quick meal in bistro style, we went for the simplest of available delights: fish'n chips. But we have changed it a bit. The batter is not the regular one, but our own simplified version without eggs but lots of spelt-spelt being a more complicated carb than regular wheat and therefore crisping up better in the frying oil. Oil-wise, we stay away from Omega 6-laden vegetable oils...Because in the western diet we consume way too much Omega 6. We use rapeseed oil for its tolerance to heat and its Omega 3. And then there's the potatoes: oven-roasted in wedges, and tossed in freshly cut parsley and the locally made salt from Saltverk. We don't wanna fry them because they are high in carbs. Unlike protein-based fish, carbs soak up oil like sponges; we know that oil is essential to our diets, but we really don't wanna overdo it. Anyways, oven-roasted potatoes keep better the potato flavor and we love potato flavor. To us salads are essential to any meal heavily laden with Omega 3. Therefore we offer a selection of salads to everyone's taste. Last but not least our dips are made from skyr, technically fresh cheese, but a uniquely Icelandic milk product that for ages we have treated a bit like yogurt. It is a virtually fat-free protein base that we generously mix with good oils such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and sesame oil, according to what flavor we are mixing in. Everything on the menu is made in our kitchen with the best possible ingredients we can find.
Reviewed 4 April 2018

The fish was very nice - the chips were ok but definitely not exceptional. The price was great for Iceland.
I would have given a four but the service was just so cold. Hard to get their attention and then hard to get an answer from them when I did.

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Thank jimlab99
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Simple set up and really great fish! Had the breaded cod and roasted potatoes and it was sublime. Located centrally and near the harbour so plenty of other temptations around too.

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Thank Darryl H
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Arrived in Iceland and wanted some of their Cod fish that we had heard so much about. We asked for recommendations at our hotel & were given several places. We chose to walk to Icelandic Fish & Chips near the water. Our Cod was SO GREASY- would have liked to have had paper towels to absorb some of the grease. Not very tasty at all either. The roasted Rosemary/Garlic potatoes were good.. We each ordered a salad and the lettuce was old, yellow/brown Iceberg Lettuce. We couldn't believe how terrible it looked. Maybe it was the long trip across the Atlantic. We also ordered tartar sauce to go with our fish, not knowing how expensive the tiny jigger would be. It was our first meal (LUNCH) on the first day of our week in Iceland, so when we walked up to the counter to pay, we got our first SHOCK of what we were in for as far as eating in Iceland. Our lunch cost $72.00 (u.s. dollars) let me add---we drank WATER....Come to find out, we had very delicious meals throughout our vacation, and NEVER once paid that much for any of the meals---even dinner meals. In fact, while walking through the streets of Reykjavik one evening, we came upon a beautiful restaurant and their special that night was an incredible COD dish/ salad included, for the unbelievable price of $20.00 u.s.dollars (the romantic atmosphere was worth the $20.00 itself).... My advice---save some money, while getting better food for less, before getting robbed at this Fish & Chips.

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Thank Ginger E
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Extremely fresh fish dipped in spelt batter and fried; not greasy. Good dipping sauces. Service was tentative and confused.

Thank Clover88Live
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Tourist trap.

Menu does NOT imply in any way that the chips are priced as a separate item to the fish. INSANELY expensive and NOT real chips but some kind of microwaved then highly salted roasted potatoes.

Batter is super odd and also over salted.

How can the name "fish and chips" possibly justify that the potatoes are a separate item. Love fish and chips and have literally traveled the globe and sampled them in many locations but have NEVER EVER been charged individually.

What is even more annoying is that as i was checking out a lady showed me a coupon on her phone and suggested i get the app - the English speaking check out person (as was the server - no language barriers or miscommunications here) said no, i wouldn't be able to use that app as she showed it to me and then had the nerve to show me a paper coupon and said i could have used one of those so requested one and he said NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do your self and your wallet a favor and find somewhere else to eat!

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Thank Leorah S
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