Just imagine a six-course dinner on a clear, chilly evening off the Reykjavik harbor in Iceland with lots of wine and some great company. Hello, and welcome to Mar Restaurant.
The venue is classy, the staff is friendly and the wine is tasty. Tineey and I decided to try the South Eastern-inspired tasting menu over a few different selections of wine.
COURSE 1 // SALTED COD PRINTADE WITH TOMATO JAM
Tasted similar to a crabcake, crispy on the outside and soft fish on the inside. The tomato jam made it pop – it’s sweet like jam but still savory with tomato flavor. Awesome consistency and very unique.
COURSE 2 // SEARED SCALLOPS WITH CAULIFLOWER CREAM & VINAIGRETTE JAM
These puppies were so perfect. The scallops were super flavorful and the cauliflower cream kept them tender. I loved the vinaigrette jam – thick and savory.
COURSE 3 // LOBSTER RISOTTO WITH WILD MUSHROOM & SERRANO HAM
Holy moly. Rich, buttery, and the ham adds crunch. This was definitely my favorite part of the menu.
COURSE 4 // SALTED COD WITH RASPBERRY PUREE
This was another sweet + savory dish. The salted cod is a traditional Icelandic dish, but the flavors were definitely different from what I had tasted throughout the island. This dish was fresh and the raspberry puree balanced out the saltiness of the fish.
COURSE 5 // ICELANDIC MOUNTAIN LAMB W/ MUSHROOMS, BEETS & MASHED POTATOES
The heartiest dish of the whole meal – lamb is another key ingredient in Icelandic cuisine. The meat was super tender, the mashed potatoes were creamy – this was a solid, tasty dish.
COURSE 6 // BANANA CREME BRULEE WITH FRESH RASPBERRIES & CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM
Good GOD, this creme brulee was amazing. The creamy inside was not too sweet yet had a hint of the banana taste. The hard shell was crispy and sugary – just like it should be. The chocolate ice cream and fresh raspberries melted in my mouth. This was the perfect way to end the dinner.
Do note, Mar Restaurant isn’t a pit stop. In true South European fashion, the courses are meant to be indulged and the staff encourages you to take your time. It’s completely different back home in NYC when waiters try to rush you out of the door.
It was a relaxing, romantic atmosphere and we easily spent around three hours there – most definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Iceland.
All photos by me.