When I asked the residents of Reykjavik where they liked to eat, Snaps restaurant was often first on their list. This casual neighbourhood bistro is always full of happy diners enjoying comforting and tasty food. Located in downtown Reykjavik, the eatery is close to many of the city’s main attractions. The menu shows a strong Danish influence, with dishes such as the range of popular open sandwiches.
The bar snacks made nice light starters; we tried the Grilled Zucchini and Goat’s Cheese, and the Calamari Fritti. The Calamari was wonderfully fresh with a soft texture and no unpleasant chewiness, it was coated in light batter and served with a delicious lemony aioli. The grilled courgette was disappointingly served cold, while the goat’s cheese was heavy with an almost citrusy aftertaste. The dish was topped with crushed nuts.
Our main courses were hearty and filling, Lamb Prime steak for me, and Duck with fried potatoes and salad for my guest. Both were served with airy béarnaise sauce. A fruity full-bodied red wine was brought to our table to compliment the meaty flavours. The meats were of a very high quality; the lamb particularly had a lovely velvety texture with a crispy grilled edge. The accompanying home cut French fries were addictively good, extra thin and salty. The duck pulled away easily from the bone and had a lovely crispy skin that reminded me of childhood Chinese takeaways. Silence fell over the table as we gorged on the feast before us.
We shared a rich and decadent chocolate brownie with ice cream for dessert. It was the perfect sweet treat to finish the meal. Snaps has a lovely atmosphere and a great reputation. Make sure you book a table in advance and eat as the locals do!
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Many thanks to the Iceland Tourist board for their help with this trip, more information here.