Icelandic Cuisine?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Food Discussions' started by The Late Night Gourmet, May 16, 2018.

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  1. The Late Night Gourmet

    The Late Night Gourmet Über Member

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    Detroit, USA
    A new airline called Wow Air launched with Iceland as the hub. They offer discount fares - at least from North America - through Iceland to other destinations. In fact, we're looking at an absurdly cheap ($400) flight to New Delhi next year. But, for now, I'm making plans to visit Reykjavik in June.

    And, as obsessed as I am with the Culinary Adventures of different regions, I have to admit this one has me stumped. I'm expecting a lot of excellent fresh seafood, but I'm at a loss regarding what sort of dishes the locals enjoy. I will certainly find out and report back, but if anyone has any experience with the cuisine, please let me know what to look forward to...and what to avoid!
     
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  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    You won't be disappointed in Reykjavik. I've watched several TV programmes about the food there with great interest. We are talking about high end cuisine, make no mistake - and I have a hunch that @Lullabelle and @The Velvet Curtain have been there and eaten that food! I don't think there is anything to avoid there!
     
  3. rascal

    rascal Senior Member

    Giggle rick stein weekend break and Reykjavik, I watched it here recently on the cooking channel. Great place.
    As an aside my good friend who remarried 2 years ago, I was his best man. He bought matching socks for all the guys and they came from Reykjavik. Strange connection eh,lol.

    Russ
     
  4. CraigC

    CraigC Senior Member

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    Will you be trying any of the shark I saw on one of Zimmern's shows? Apparently, it is left to rot/dry and has a strong ammonia smell.
     
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  5. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    Yes - that was one of the programmes I watched.
     
  6. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    SatNavSaysStraightOn (Site Owner) Staff Member

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    There's a fish called Stockfish in the Lofoten Islands, Norway that is similar, it's air dried/rotted in the winter months (iirc). It's pretty gruesome hung up for show during the summer months for tourists... The heads are usually left or for the gulls on the rocks below.

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    I'm told it's an acquired taste which if the smell is anything to go by would need to be accompanied by large quantities of liquor to get you to even consider eating it. But with little land either not frozen, not covered in snow or not vertical could be all you got to eat there in the past.
     
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  7. medtran49

    medtran49 Senior Member

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  8. The Late Night Gourmet

    The Late Night Gourmet Über Member

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    I knew that Andrew Zimmern must have visited there at some point. I'm always adventurous with my food, but I can say with certainty that my wife will NOT be trying this! :laugh:

    That might be what I'll have to do! :drink:
     
  9. Duck59

    Duck59 Über Member Staff Member

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    Fife, Scotland
    I went to an Indian restaurant in Reykjavik a few years ago. In fact, I've still got a card from there proclaiming, "The most northerly Indian restaurant in the world." Had we not been vegetarian, we might have tried the reindeer vindaloo.
     
  10. Lullabelle

    Lullabelle Midlands, England

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    Leicester UK
    Unfortunately the 'rotten putrid shark' is a really old chestnut and quite frankly not true! We were in Iceland last year and the hotel owner gave us shark, it tasted ok actually, different parts of Iceland treat shark differently, so do not believe that all shark will be nasty because it isn't :headshake:
     
  11. Lullabelle

    Lullabelle Midlands, England

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    Leicester UK
    We have been twice and the food is excellent, lamb is amazing due to the mineral rich grass they eat, fish is very fresh. My only issue is that after the 1st time we went the alcohol laws were relaxed so in Reyjakvic people were spilling out of clubs still drunk at 3 in the morning and the whole place has a lot of burger and pizza places,a haven for stag/hen do's.
     
  12. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    SatNavSaysStraightOn (Site Owner) Staff Member

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    That's what happened in Prague as well, though not to the alcohol laws being restricted. It was a real shame.
     
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  13. sidevalve

    sidevalve Senior Member

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    Durham NE. England
    Just make sure the shark has been 'processed' - the reason for it is that in its raw state it contains cycanide
     
  14. buckytom

    buckytom Über Member

    Not cyanide, but trimethalamine oxide naturally, and heavy metals such as arsenic, mercury, and lead due to a shark's diet and environment.

    Processing shark treats the TMAO, but you can't do anything about the metals.

    And almost all sharks stink of urea, Mako and Black Tip being exceptions.
     
  15. Duck59

    Duck59 Über Member Staff Member

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    Fife, Scotland
    Small suggestions for the avoidance of stag party/idiot tourist mayhem:

    1) We've found that a quick city break is best done during the week, as most of these megabinges happen at weekends.
    2) Avoid any pub that presents itself as "English" or "Irish". These tend to be a haven for the more bone-headed travellers. There are exceptions: for example, in Zagreb, there is a splendid Irish pub which is indeed run by an Irishman, a very jovial fellow from Offaly.
     

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