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Mar restaurant iceland reykjavik

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.

Mar Restaurant Reykjavik Iceland

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.

Mar Restaurant Reykjavik Iceland

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.

Mar Restaurant Reykjavik Iceland

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.

Mar Restaurant Reykjavik Iceland

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.

Mar Restaurant Reykjavik Iceland

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.

Mar Restaurant Reykjavik Iceland

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.

Mar Restaurant Reykjavik Iceland

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.

To browse the menu and read more about the beautiful seaside restaurant, click through to MarRestaurant.is. They’ve also got awesome TripAdvisor ratings + reviews, so check those out here.

All photos by me.