Sjavargrillid is located at Skolavoerdustigur 14 in the center of town.
We chose to go with The Big Grill Party tasting menu for ISK10,900. We got an amuse bouche of Scallops, Bacon-wrapped Dates, Parsnip, Burnt Paper Onion, Dill Snow and Fennel Cream. There were 3 of us and all 3 servings were presented on the same plate. The scallops and dates were quite good but the rest didn't add much to the dish.
The next course was Cured Sheep Fillet, Fried Portobello Mushrooms and Beets. The sheep tasted like prosciutto. The mushrooms were a little greasy because they were fried. The beets were shaved and raw--a little too crunchy for my taste.
Cured Arctic Char, Buttermilk Foam, Apples, Radishes and Chives. The char tasted like gravlax. The kitchen delivered 3 plates and we thought they were huge portions. We realized when the next course was delivered and it was only 1 plate with 3 servings, just like the first 2 courses, that this was an error. Since this was my favorite dish, I didn't mind the error.
Fried Cod Cheek, Kale, Bok Choy and Remoulade Sauce. The cod was well prepared but the rest did not compliment the fish.
Salted Cod with Broccoli, Grapes and a brown sauce that I couldn't identify. The fish was again good but the rest of the dish didn't compliment.
Grilled Perch with Roasted Cauliflower and Carrot.
Fried Lamb, Celery Root, Baby Corn. The lamb was very good and not too gamey.
Grilled Lamb, presented on a mini hibachi. I liked the smoky flavor and the lamb was tender.
Intermezzo of raspberry sorbet.
Dessert--Strawberry Sorbet, Strawberries, Creme Brûlée, Sorrel Ice (the green stuff) with dollops of Whipped Cream. This was a lot of dessert and none of it worked together.
We left very full and most of the dishes were quite tasty. The meal was definitely not Michelin-grade though. They need to work on the combination of flavors, presentation (I was quite surprised that we weren't given individual portions) and service.
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