My cheeks fell off in Reykjavik

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On a scale of 1 – 10 with 10 being the most positive, how would you describe your dinner tonight?

If I were to score what I eat, I would say 7 is the highest score to what I can instantly put the perception into words, like “juicy” or “delicious”.

André Breton once said, “Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or will not be at all.”

Yes, from the scale 8, it needs to be convulsive. It needs to be something that makes you lose control of yourself.

Well, at least in Japan, you don’t just say something is delicious.
“Oh, my cheeks are falling off!” is the right expression. (Trust me, I’m a native.) That level is where it’s above 8.

The below are the places where I lost my cheeks in Reykjavik.
(The Icelandic Vivaldi Team, I owe you so much for taking me to those amazing restaurants…!)

– Add: Aðalstræti 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland


At Matarkjallarinn, together with all the other people from Vivaldi, I had the Icelandic Nature Menu: Grilled puffin & goose confit – Mushrooms, pearl barley – Malt cured salmon – pickled cucumber, mustard. – Grilled lamb – root vegetables, lamb glace. – Skyr & blueberries with chocolate.

Icelandic lamb is always so unbeatable. Especially at Matarkjallarinn. And I’m really sorry puffins. I love you and you are too good to be true.


Bryggjan Brugghús
– Add: Grandagarður 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland


They make their own beer. We compared their Lager, Pale Ale, IPA, Session IPA, Pumpkin Ale and Stout, if the alcohol-related memory impairment didn’t hurt me enough.

We also shared langoustine salad (with Icelandic lobster…!) and spicy tuna taco. O that lobster. Loved and hated the meltiness. It disappeared from the mouth too soon. Such a tease. And the spicy tuna taco. It was a revolutionarily beautiful harmony of things that probably many wouldn’t think of combining. Why did I meet the combination earlier? It made me speechless with gratitude.

By the time I started having the best fish&chips in my life after eating/drinking all these delicacies, I need to take off my belt to loosen up my stomach.

Thank you for the meal! Takk fyrir matinn!


  1. cyancat says

    Another interesting account. I see from the picture of your fish and chips that the restaurant supplied a sauce. My wife prefers a sauce as well but I like malt vinegar with mine.

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