In the heart of Reykjavik, down a narrow alleyway, you’ll find yourself by the swanky entrance of one of the coolest restaurants in the country, Grillmarkadurinn or The Grillmarket.
The Grillmarket opened it’s doors in 2011 and continues to be one of the most popular restaurants in Iceland. It also happens to be Kardashian approved, not that I religiously watch the show or anything…
They work closely in collaboration with dedicated local farmers, guaranteeing the very best in local produce. Farmers inform them of products that are in season and The Grillmarket then puts their culinary expertise in action by striving to highlight the origin of each product while using fire, smoke, fire logs and coal. The outcome is an unexpected and exciting treat with traditional Icelandic heritage meeting the modern age.
Spanning two floors, the interiors are dimly lit with more elaborate decor than the usual Nordic minimalism you see in Iceland.
There is a lot of references to the outdoors and a rustic feel; an ode to the natural wonders of the country.
A little sad but I love the way butter is presented in Iceland. It’s always served in a mousse-like state, making it look almost like whipped cream and sprinkled with lava salt. Mmmm…
We went for the Grilled Pork Ribs that came with a Grillmarket dressing and were served with chili ricecakes and a drizzle of honey. I don’t know why but we tend to order pork ribs almost everywhere we go! These were sweet, spicy and the meat fell right off the bone.
Another must is some sort of a potato dish. These are Garlic Potatoes, deep fried and seasoned with garlic sauce. You can never go wrong with garlic really.
Last but not least was the Grillmarket Burger which I ordered purely because almost every single table around us had ordered it. It had to be good right? It came with a side of fries (yay for more potato!). Luckily, I was not disappointed!
This has to be the juiciest burger I have ever had! Incredibly soft and tender with so much flavour. My only issue with it was that it was incredibly heavy. I’d say a couple of bites and you’re good for the day. So make sure you come with a big appetite before going for this one.
Really cozy and intimate corners, making it a lovely spot for a relaxed lunch or an evening out.
We had unfortunately had a really big breakfast and so we couldn’t order more at lunch (though we really wanted to!). We therefore went for the dishes that were most recommended by the waiters.
The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful so feel free to question them about anything on the menu (like the whale steak which I didn’t have the heart to go for). I did book in advance and it’s recommended to do so especially in the evenings and on weekends. I also found it quite strange that quite a few restaurants in Reykjavik aren’t open during lunch on weekends so make sure to plan ahead!
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