The ‘Grill Party’ seemed the only sensible option at Sjavargrillid (Seafood Grill) in Reykjavik, Iceland. We’d never have been able to choose between the locally sourced fish, the melt-in-your-mouth lobster or the ever changing catch of the day otherwise. The eight of us went all out and splashed more cash that we ever have on a meal before on what became my first tasting menu, ever. I’m happy to report, and salivating to remember, that it was worth every one of the 15,700 Icelandic Krona, or £79 to you and me, we spent on it.
A MULTI COURSE GRILL FEAST OF DELICACIES FOR YOU TO EXPERIENCE
THE DIVERSE AND UNIQUE TASTES OF ICELAND´S WILD NATURE.
THE KITCHEN SERVES UP AN UNPARALLELED FEAST OF PLENTY, FAMILY STYLE,
FOR THE WHOLE TABLE, AND PROMISES TO LEAVE NO-ONE HUNGRY.
We went for the all-inclusive wine option which saw our overworked waitress bringing out the perfect wines to complement each of the 7 courses. We got refills as fast as we could drink it, and I was in my heaven. After settling down around the large round table – nice touch, and so much better for getting to talk to everyone when there are 8 of you – we got stuck in to the best Icelandic fare your krona can buy.
1. Meaty starter
Grilled pork belly with hot bbq, onion, mushroom, bérnaise sauce and potato
2. Fishy starter
Grilled icelandic lobster and blue ling, cauliflower, blue mussel, bell pepper and celery
3. Icelandic specials
Smoked european shag, puffin and marinated minke whale with hazelnut, blueberry, leek, ruccola
4. Fishy appetiser
Cured salmon and country smoked arctic char with beetroot, walnut, goats cheese and mustard
5. Fishy main
Salmon and monkfish with parsnips, kale and spring onion
6. Meaty main
Grilled beef rib eye and slow cooked beef belly with portobello, celeriac, red onion and bacon
Flamed créme brullée with strawberry, caramel, sorrel, cacao bean
I hope to the gods that I get to go back to Sjavargrillid to enjoy the Grill Party menu again one day. Until then I need to make it my mission to try all the tasting menus in the world I just need to save some
pennies pounds first.