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Review: Food and Fun at The Pearl

Last Saturday I dined at The Pearl, one of Reykjavík’s most distinctive landmarks and exclusive restaurants. Excellent service, exquisite food and a magnificent view of Reykjavík by night made it a night to remember.

Written by Eygló S. Arnarsdóttir, photos by Egill M. Arnarsson.

Last week restaurants in Reykjavík, including Ódinsvé, Holt, Silfur, Domo and The Pearl, celebrated the Food and Fun festival for the sixth time. For the occasion foreign master chefs created special menus for those restaurants with emphasis on Icelandic ingredients.

“We always give them a warm welcome, almost as heads of state, and we have also been repaid when we go abroad,” head chef at The Pearl, Elmar Kristjánsson, told Fréttabladid, adding that the Food and Fun Festival gets more exciting every year.

At The Pearl William Kovel from the US was guest chef. His four-course menu consisted of crab salad, salmon, lamb and lemon pie for ISK 5,900 (EUR 67, USD 88), which is not particularly expensive compared to regular dinner prices at restaurants in Iceland.

The food served resembled little art sculptures, as the pictures bear witness to, and the taste was fresh and unusual. Each course was served promptly by exceptionally friendly and helpful waiters.

The Pearl perches high in the hill Öskjuhlíd and through its glass dome a magnificent view of Reykjavík is provided. The dome slowly revolves, so slowly that the movement can hardly be detected, but after about two hours it has gone a full circle during which the city can be observed from all directions.

Although I have experienced poor service at this restaurant on two earlier occasions, that could not cast a shadow on my dining experience at The Pearl last Saturday. Food and Fun certainly lived up to its name.

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