Our favorite restaurant in Reykjavík is located in the least likely location: inside a food hall at a bus stop at the far end of the main walking street. Skál is not your typical food court restaurant. Danish head chef Thomas Lorentzen has a background from restaurant Kadeau in Copenhagen, so you can expect quite a high level in the food. Grab a seat at the counter and order the whole menu – it features local, seasonal ingredients, and every bite is tastier than the last. We especially loved the raw Icelandic scallops with mussel broth and buttermilk, the salt-baked beets with homemade mascarpone and licorice salt from Saltverk, and the baked Arctic char with caper onion butter. This is modern Scandinavian comfort food, in a fun, rambunctious setting; it’s a chef’s hangout, a place where the industry goes on their day off to get their grub on and guzzle natural wine. The night time is when the party takes place, but also drop by for lunch to try the flæskesteg (pork belly) sandwich.
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