Located in one of the oldest cellars in the city, The Seafood Cellar specializes in innovative culinary techniques to serve up unique fusion dishes ... More
The Seafood Cellar
Located in one of the oldest cellars in the city, The Seafood Cellar specializes in innovative culinary techniques to serve up unique fusion dishes that combine flavors from around the world with Icelandic ingredients. The menu features starters including Shellfish Soup, Oysters, and Smoked Lamb. Head to the Cellar for lunch and order Sashimi, Scallops, Lobster, or Vegetable Soup. For a filling dinner, try the Salmon Steak, Tofu "Punjabi Masala," Lobstertails, or Breast of Wild Duck and Wild Hare. Lastly, grab a dessert like Chocolate "Snickers" Cake or Chocolate Banana "Dumplings" with Coconut Ice Cream. This is truly an international experience, and the most adventurous of foodies will want to make a stop at The Seafood Cellar. Check website for further details including a full menu.
We had a dinner for two at the Seafood Cellar in early April. We tried the degustation menu which was absolutely outstanding. It was original, tasty, well presented and the service was incredibly friendly and attentive. They even agreed to replace one scoop or ice cream which came with desert and was not really for our taeste (bubblegum - maybe a bit too experimental!), so do not hesitate to ask and give feedback should you have special wishes. Cocktails are excellent as well.
The atmosphere is elegant and trendy, but very pleasant and not at all pretentious.
It is, of course, not cheap, but clearly worth the money for those who want a nice meal out.
I have been to many fusion restaurants in London and around the world, and the Seafood Cellar was simply a traumatising evening out, and indeed the worst dining experience in my life. Judging by the looks of the resturant, the food on the menu and the previous dining experiences in Reykjavik (unvariably excellent), my partner and I expected to have an amazing evening at this restaurant, and we were utterly disappointed.
The pepper soup with king crab tasted of Campbell's soup and the crab did not blend in, the shitake risotto had the texture tasted of potato puree and was served cold. The size of the four courses was ridiculous and we were still hungry when we left the restaurant. The desert was a mousse more or less the size of a marshmallow and had no flavour. Even worse, we ordered the special "fun and food menu" - created specially for that weekend by an American chef called Jimmy Sneed - and they changed the desert without letting us know. We complained to the manager, who said they had run out of the mango and tapioca which was originally on the menu. I said that they should have let us know in advance. He replied that "the desert menu had changed three times in the past couple of days and that he didn't have the time to explain this to people". He was unapologetic and careless. The drink prices were exorbitant (the cheapest glass of wine was about £10, and that's after the kroner crashed). The atmosphere was dull and pretentious. The only positive side was the modern decoration and stone walls, which were quite beautiful.
Easily the most overrated restaurant in Reykjavik. The service and overall feel of the place to say the least was cold, boring, and entirely not worth the price. My advice is to go around the corner to the tapas restaurant and skip this place altogether.
Visiting Iceland for our honeymoon, we ate here on the last night. Yes, it is expensive but the wine was excellent and the food a delight. The wait staff run through each dish with you as it arrives and appetizers are provided between courses. The sorbet with accompanying dry ice show proved a fitting end. I would recommend this to anyone, but make sure you book ahead!