Not being a big fan of hotdogs that Iceland is so famous for, I wanted to find the best restaurants in Iceland that served authentic Icelandic fare and we might have found just that at Berg Restaurant. Conveniently located inside the Icelandair Hotel in Vik, where we stayed – the restaurant serves primarily Icelandic cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. Berg means mountains, a word that symbolizes the powerful forces from which the beautiful nation of Iceland was formed and from where the ingredients for the meals at the restaurant are sourced.
With touches of blue on the table and fabulous views of the black sea and the Reynisdrangar Pillars, the restaurant was beautiful. According to Icelandic legend the Reynisdrangar Pillars or needles are the remains of 2 night trolls, who tried to pull a three masted ship to land. But they were caught by the dawn and when daylight broke they turned into stone.
Icelanders will tell you their lamb is better than any other lamb in the world, and it is really that good. Probably because they let their sheep merrily roam free in the highlands and valleys to munch on grass before being corralled in the winter. The result of such a luxurious life is very tender meat. The food at Berg was really nice, locally source, cooked creatively and presented exquisitely, the staff was friendly and top notch. D vouches that he had the best Icelandic Lamb soup here at Berg!
Berg had a great selection of wine and we started with the suggested appetizer plate, Taste of Iceland – artic char mouse, smoked lamb and a sundried tomato mouse. We also tried the Shrimp cocktail with Salmon caviar and some Oyster Mushrooms cooked with thyme. For dinner the kids each had the bacon wrapped chicken while I had their Vegan Ratatouille. Hubby loved the Salmon filet with lemon shrimps and asparagus.
We ended our meal with the Berg cake served with some delightful pop rocks and a chocolate cake served with local icecream. The meal was a little on the expensive side but then again everything in Iceland seems to be. Couple of days later while he was having lamb soup at another restaurant, D was craving for the meaty lamb soup served on a clean broth with root vegetables. I probably should write to them and ask for the recipe and some of that naturally organic, grass-fed, free range, no hormone free meat.
More photos from the restaurant here:
Restaurant website and menu here