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“Traditional food”
Review of Laekjarbrekka

Laekjarbrekka
Ranked #27 of 473 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The housing Laekjarbrekka was built as a dwelling in 1834, by the influential Danish ship owner and merchant P.C Knutzon. Hel also build a bakery and a turf house in the same lot and brought the Danish baker T.D Bernhöft to Iceland to practice his trade here. Bernhöft, who was for a long time the only baker in Reykjavík, bought the houses in 1845. The Bernhöft family continued in the baking business at this location for two generations, building a retail shop onto the dwelling house in 1855. This addition is today the part of the restaurant facing the main street. The building was used as a dwelling until 1961, and a small shop was there until the time of reconstruction began in 1980. By then, the house had fallen into disrepair, and had been neglected for a long time. Its future had been uncertain until 1979, when it and several other houses in the same block were declared protected buildings. During reconstruction, every attempt was made to preserve the original appearance. It is therefore with great pleasure to invite you to dine in this beautifully restored house, which has an eventful 180-year history behind it.
Bergen
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Traditional food”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

This quaint restaurant has attentive staff and good, traditional food. The food has kept up with times, but is not on the cutting edge. I would highly recommend a visit for those who look for a cozy atmosphere and good, traditional food. I had the Icelandic Feast. It was fun to try the fermented shark, the lovely, marinated whale, and the little taste of puffin. The cream of langoustine was good, but not very exciting. The Mountain and Bay, lamb fillet and grilled langoustine, was a very good dish. The Skyr dessert was ok, especially the blueberry sorbet. My fellow diners enjoyed their salted cod and catch of the day.

  • Visited June 2014
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Moss
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“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

A charming house, and a relaxing and good atmosphere in the restaurant. The food was excellent, and the young waiter attentive, friendly and discrete.

Visited June 2014
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Middletown, New Jersey
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Beautiful restaurant cozy”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

This restaurant has Icelandic specialities which my husband tried - he had the putrified shark that smelled stronger than its taste- more like a strong Cheese - it was served w a shot of brennivin - my arctic charr was delicious but the lobster soup was NOT heated enough so is was lukewarm which was a disappointment -
The dessert was frozen skyr with a warm raspberry sauce - excellent!!

  • Visited June 2014
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Greenlawn, New York
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74 reviews
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“Puffin AND Whale”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

This lovely little place is located right in the city in a charming building. The tables are not on top of one another and the décor is simple in an elegant sort of way. They have many Icelandic items on their menu, which is posted outside, and that is the main reason for our choosing this place.

My husband is a much more adventurous eater than I am. He had to try the smoked puffin as an appetizer. I sampled it, just to say I had it, and found the after taste very strong and lingering. I actually had to take a breath mint to dispel this taste. He enjoyed it and followed this with minke whale, which was better tasting, but not so much for me to ever want to order it.

I ordered the lamb and lobster tail. It was delicious and beautifully presented. The lamb was cooked to perfection and the lobster tail (really, langoustine) was just as nicely done.

For dessert, I had strawberry mouse with "skyr" and licorice meringue bits on the side. Out of this world; light and refreshing but, as they say, presentation is everything!

  • Visited June 2014
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Moscow
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“A very good restaurant”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Very nice restaurant with traditional icelandic cuisine. Pleasant atmosphere, very friendly staff and delicious meals will be perfect beginning of the evening. The only problem is that due to popularity of the place it becomes stuffy when all the tables are occupied.

  • Visited June 2014
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