OK, it’s time for our second Best of Reykjavík post!
This time: where is your favourite place to grab a cheap, quick and nutritious bite to eat?
I’m thinking something like, for less than ISK 2,000 [USD 15 / EUR 13].
There are loads of good places, but these days when EPI and I can’t be bothered to cook and just want to grab something fast, there are three places that immediately spring to mind. They are:
3. Krua Thai. This place is located in a small, ground-hugging whitewashed house right near Reykjavík harbour. I confess that part of it’s appeal is that it’s so close to where we live — however, that’s not the only reason we like it. It also serves up great Thai food at a price that won’t break the bank, with or without MSG [NB you have to ask to have it left out]. Our regular staples from the menu are no. 8 [Massaman curry] and no. 21 [Pad Graprow, with beef]. You can eat in or take out — but be advised that if you eat in you will smell like Thai food for the rest of the evening.
2. Ali Baba. I have blogged about this place before. Great Falafels and Shawarma, really fresh. The place is spotless, too. And most things cost less than ISK 1,000 and are pretty darn filling. NB they don’t have a website so we can’t link to them, but they’re located right on Ingólfstorg square, downtown.
1. Austur Indía hraðlestin. OK, this is my absolute most favourite place for a takeaway at the moment. Hraðlestin means “the fast train” and in this case it’s referring to the quick-service outlet from Austur Indíafjelagið restaurant which is just down the street and which is one of the most superexcellent Indian restaurants in the world, IMHO. In other words, Hraðlestin serves up more or less the same fare as the restaurant proper, only a lot faster and a lot cheaper. Our favourite is the “Offer 1” for two [or more] people — appetizer, main course, rice and nan bread — just the right amount of scrumptious Indian food at ISK 1,490 per person. The only thing I could possibly fault there is the nan bread – it’s a little too chewy for my taste. Otherwise, superb.
OK — over to you. What’s your favourite place to grab something quick to eat in Reykjavík?