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“Simple but delicious food, open when you need it”
Review of Kannslarinn

Kannslarinn
Ranked #6 of 9 Restaurants in Hella
Cuisines: Seafood
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Hella is a very small town, and there are very few things open or available outside of the strictest business hours. Basically, by 5pm, you're out of luck if you need something or want to stop for a bite to eat. This place is open until about 9pm, which is a rarity, so we ended up eating here 3 or 4 times as it was close to where we were staying. The owner was very nice and friendly but is one of the few people in Iceland that barely speaks any English. It wasn't difficult at all to communicate with him, but it's easy to get used to everyone else speaking English so it's best to be prepared. The food is pretty simple fare. Burgers, pizza, fish and chips, lamb chops, steaks. Since we went a number of times, we were able to sample a lot of the food. The fish was fresh was well cooked, not greasy at all. The chips (fries) were quite nice. The lamb chops were tasty, as were the burgers. Now, Americans are not used to horse meat, but it is common in Iceland, and this place had a number of dishes that featured it, including a number of steaks. For my friends and I, since it was something not available to us at home and something we'd never experienced, we figured we'd give it a go. We definitely didn't regret it. We decided to splurge and got the 3 different steak platters and shared all around, and all were delicious. The meals were quite pricey (all were, not just the steaks but everything.) For 3 of us we spent between 6500 and 9500ISK depending on the meal combinations. Expensive, but this is about the going rate for most of Iceland so don't expect to do much better anywhere else. All in all, we really enjoyed this place and would definitely recommend it.

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Thank Nadine E
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

We stopped in while passing through Hella. It was a good deal if you want something better than chain-outlet fast food, but don't want to sit and wait for a fine dining sort of restaurant meal. We were in our hiking and exploring clothes; the casual diner was a fit. The guy behind the bar was pleasant and took our order promptly. I had the fish and chips-- one of his recommendations. The fish was fresh, which makes a huge difference to me. The batter was light, and for a batter-fried option, it wasn't very greasy. My husband and our daughter enjoyed their food, also --soup and lamb. I tried a bite of the latter, and it was excellent.
The decor is simple bar/diner type, a little worn at the edges but nice and clean and solid.
The place isn't, and isn't trying to be, upscale, but the prices were very reasonable by Icelandic standards, the food was good, and the service was quick. I would stop again if I were in the area at lunch time.

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Thank ooojen
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

The place was basically the only one open that day in Hella and looks like a countryside kind of restaurant. We ordered Hamburger and Fish&Chips, two soft drinks and one icelandic soup for 5900 ISK. It is OK if you do not have any expectation regarding the quality of the food and the place itself.

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1  Thank BlindePassagier
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

We dropped in here for a quick lunch one day.

It looks like what it is - a basic roadside bar/diner, inside and out. Although there was a menu of mostly pizzas & burgers, there was also a hostess trolley-type arrangement with stew and a pot of lamb broth. This smelled very appetising so we ordered a couple of portions of bread & soup and two hot drinks. The bar lady was most concerned about this - by some quirk it was cheaper to have the set lunch of soup, stew and a hot drink than it was to have just the soup & drink. So, never ones to turn down free food or a good deal, we agreed to have the set meal. The hostess trolley meant it was serve yourself so we figured on having just a token portion of what was proudly announced to be horse stew. The soup was nicely meaty with a few veggies - a good start. The stew came with mash and boiled veg. The veg were nothing to get excited about, but the mash was buttery and fairly smooth, whilst the stew was thick and dark and unctuous, with good-sized chunks of meat, cooked to melting tenderness in a rich gravy. This was the first time I had eaten horse and I confess to being a little dubious, but it really did taste very nice - and my good intentions to have just a small portion were quickly discarded.

The whole meal for two of us cost around £12, easily the cheapest full meal we had in Iceland. OK, so it isn't fine dining, and doesn't have much atmosphere, but it was clean, the service was friendly, the food was tasty and substantial and excellent value.

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2  Thank SharraBey
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

Good basic selection of foods, pizzas, burgers etc. and good size meals. Reasonably priced - about £15 for a pizza including some extra toppings. Service good and didn't have to wait long for food to arrive, although we were the only peope there....

1  Thank Kathryn K
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