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“Mashed Fish is Icelandic Comfort Food”

Samkomuhusid in Arnarstapi
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Arnarstapi
Price range: US$19 - US$33
Description: Samkomuhúsid in Arnarstapi is hosted in an old community house. In 2012 it was open as a restaurant and a café with an Icelandic local food. The beer and other alcoholic drinks are Icelandic, like the Icelandic aquavite Brennivín. Samkomuhúsid is homely and partly a museum of old things and books and you can find there Icelandic art and music. The hostesses are Icelandic but speak English.
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Description: Samkomuhúsid in Arnarstapi is hosted in an old community house. In 2012 it was open as a restaurant and a café with an Icelandic local food. The beer and other alcoholic drinks are Icelandic, like the Icelandic aquavite Brennivín. Samkomuhúsid is homely and partly a museum of old things and books and you can find there Icelandic art and music. The hostesses are Icelandic but speak English.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Entrees include vegetable soup, meat soup and mashed fish. The folks next to us enjoyed soup which came with unlimited refills and plates of quick rise bread, both of which the man had refilled. We had the mashed fish. It came with finely chopped cucumber and sliced tomato, as well as bread. The fish is a combination of flaked fish, mixed with potato and spices. It looks like mashed potatoes but it is mostly cod fish and delicious. (2500 ISK) The owner prepares the food and when she expects a large group, she hires extra help to deal with the service. The café is in an old library, and many of the books are stacked about as if they are about to be moved to a new location. It has couches and has a comfy, home spun atmosphere, in addition to a few .long tables. There are other eating establishments nearby, including a fish and chips food truck, a hamburger joint and a hotel. If you can only choose one, choose this one. It is great.

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Reviewed 9 June 2018

We found this restaurant on trip advisor and since we stayed in a nearby cabin checked it out for lunch. They have a very limited menu, but everything we ordered was delicious. We had meat soup and ‘mashed fish’ - which tasted much better then it sounds (its cod and potatoes served with cucumber salad and tomatoes). They have a nice beer selection as well.

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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

I found this place on TripAdvisor and saw it had only 5 reviews but all were 5 stars. That always makes me nervous but given that we were staying right down the street, we decided to check it out.

There's a super nice lady who runs the restaurant. The menu is very deceiving because while accurate, it undersells the actual item. We got the vegeterian soup (makes you envision a simple Campbell's soup) but is way better with barley and lots of flavor. It was pretty filling on it's own and the bread that came with it.

The "mashed fish" sounds very unappetizing in the American translation (makes you think of cafeteria food) but it was really good. It's hard to explain but it's like a very creamy mashed potatoes base with pulled fish in it. Ok, I guess I'm not selling it either with those words but trust me, it's good.

Prices were reasonable and the ambience was cozy.

1  Thank Jay K
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

A must-go; one of the highlights from our trip. My wife and I wandered in to this place on a windy October evening after the sun had set. Without many food options in town, it was fate that led us into the empty dining hall. Though empty, it was perfect. With James Brown playing on the record player and the warm welcome from the owner and the home cooked meal of vegetable soup, homemade bread and a delicious skyr dessert, it all hit the spot. I'd love to stop back and see this place full of travelers during a busier season just so I could experience the space in all it's glory. The host was as friendly as could be and the food was spot-on.

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Thank Matt M
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

The food and ambience are a real treat. This building was the area library at one time. The current owner collects artifacts that she displays in the restaurant which looks and feels like someone's home. The food is traditional Icelandic. We had "mashed fish", a mixture of cod, potatoes, cream and seasonings, that is true comfort food, along with home made bread and a salad. The staff are friendly and happy to talk about the area's history. We left full and happy.

Thank kjm1949
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