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Nepali Restaurant Opens in Reykjavík

By Iceland Review

A new restaurant, Kitchen, will open on Laugavegur 60 in Reykjavík next week where Nepali dishes will be on the menu. Head chef and operational manager Deepan Panday was born in Nepal and moved to Iceland six months ago.

“Our goal is to open three restaurants in Iceland,” Panday, who has lived in England most of his life, told Fréttabladid.

“I have been in the restaurant business for 26 years, both at famous restaurant chains like Bombay Bicycle in London and at hotels, but now I’m cooperating with a company called Brass.”

“They told me to find a location for this new restaurant and after having traveled to Denmark, Finland and Norway, I found the best place here in Iceland,” Panday explained.

Panday plans to introduce various novelties to the local restaurant culture. “I’m going to teach Icelanders to cook Nepali food by establishing a video camera inside the kitchen while I’m cooking and show it on screens outside in the restaurant.”

Nepali food is a little different from the Indian food Icelanders are familiar with, Panday said. “The food in itself is maybe not that different, we have lamb, seafood, chicken and naan bread, but the spices are different.”

Panday said the crisis had not convinced him to cancel his plans. “We had decided to open the restaurant before the crisis hit. Icelanders are very nice and I hope to be able to help by providing work.”

The price of his dishes will be moderate, Panday promised. “The standard will be very high but the prices not too high, the quality good and the proportions generous.”

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