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“Must Visit Place in Reykjavik - Matarkajallarinn Grill & Cocktail Club”

Matarkjallarinn - Foodcellar
Ranked #8 of 563 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$29 - US$94
Description: The Food Cellar is a Grill & Cocktail bar situated in an 160 year old building in the center of Reykjavík. We like to think that Food is for your body and music is for your soul. Brasserie is the style of food, focusing on icelandic finest ingredients. The bar has good selection of fine cocktails put together by our outstanding bartenders.
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Description: The Food Cellar is a Grill & Cocktail bar situated in an 160 year old building in the center of Reykjavík. We like to think that Food is for your body and music is for your soul. Brasserie is the style of food, focusing on icelandic finest ingredients. The bar has good selection of fine cocktails put together by our outstanding bartenders.
Reviewed 13 July 2018

On our recent Iceland trip, we got to taste some of the best food in the country. We started with our first meal at Food Cellar | Matarkajallarinn Grill & Cocktail Club - Situated in the basement of an 160 year old building in the center of Reykjavik, this restaurant serves typical Icelandic brasserie style of food. Each dish came elegantly styled and plated as a live music played in the background on a traditional mahogany grand piano from 18th century imported from Vienna.

There are a number of starters, house specials and restaurant classics; or main courses ranging from sea food and steak grills to choose from. As a family we tried set menus including a Discover Iceland Menu, Sea Food Menu and a Vegan Menu. Each dish had a good fusion of different flavors to create a gastronomic delight. Paired with a great Argentinian Cabernet Sauvignon we went on to have a great dinner.

The Discover Iceland Menu included Slow Cooked Cod, Cured Goose, Fried Lamb and Banana Bread. The Vegan menu was served with Fried Asparagus, Quinoa Salad and a Vegetable feast of Sweet Potato, Avocado and Fennel and finally a Date Rawcake. The seafood menu had a perfect hot Fisherman's soup for a cold evening, a Fish combo and Strawberry & Basil Cheese Cake with Vanilla.

The service was impeccable giving enough space for our personal chat's at the same time being extremely prompt with different courses and wine refills.
The Food Cellar is an experience that puts Food in your Body and Music in your Soul. A must try on your Reykjavik trip. #iceland #iceland #icelandvacation #icelandfood #travelforfood #foodblogger #lovefood #icelandiccuisine #icelandiccuisineatitsfinest #icelandfoods #icelandfood #foodiniceland @matarkjallarinn #reykjavik #reykjavík #icelandtravel #iceland #iceland_tourist

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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

I had dinner here with group of friends the day after we completed the WOW Cyclothon. Highlights of the meal included the duck wings as a starter and the tuna steak as a main course. I would highly recommend for atmosphere, quality of food and service.

Thank Stephen G
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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Góður matur og frábær þjònusta, kom á óvart hvað verði var stillt í hóf og frábært að hafa íslenskan þjón sem í dag er ekki sjálfgefið þegar farið er á veitingastað. Mun örugglega kima aftur.

Great food and great service, not so expensive, will come back, for sure

So happy that we got a Icelandic server, sadly many restaurants have only English speaking servers.

Thank WMoller
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Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

Eat here first if you are going to Iceland! You may not want to go anywhere else. The food was incredible. We had many starters-just too many to try. We ordered the lamb entree and the tuna entree. We were not disappointed. The staff was very friendly!’ The cocktails were amazing!’ The Molecular Lemon Drop was my favorite!
Price might seem high, but it’s worth every penny!!
BEST MEAL IN ICELAND!

Thank Ema1130
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Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

We booked through our hotel. Very nice ambiance and very comfortable restaurant. We were seeking to try the Icelandic lamb and this place had great reviews for this dish.
We tried seafood as entrees and they were excellent.
We then had the lamb for the main course along with a very nice bottle of red wine. Coming from Australia we had high expectations for the lamb.
It was cooked perfectly, was tender and quite lean which is different to our Australian lamb which is more fatty and therefore more flavoursome.
It was an excellent dish but our palate is more used to our lamb which we prefer. Having said that it was a very good dish and we were glad we tried it.
We could have stayed at the restaurant longer as it had a great feel
Highly recommend that you have a special night at this restaurant

Thank David A
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