One of the things people ask about the most whenever they travel to a new place is where they can find good food. It’s also one of the questions that is hardest to answer because food is such a personal thing. What one thinks is the best thing since sliced bread another experiences as an attempted taste bud murder. A good example is the strange love affair Icelanders have with everything combining licorice and chocolate which pretty much baffles the rest of the world.
One of my favorite lunch places in Reykjavík is The Deli in Bankastræti. It’s not a big place and by no means flashy and to be honest it gets a bit lost next to the big Subway sign next to it. It’s been around for a long time which in Reykjavík says quite a lot.
On the menu you will find pizza, pasta, panini and salad and all for a pretty good price too. At lunch you can get two slices of pizza for 500 ISK and the pasta of the day is 1200 ISK. I’m a bit picky when it comes to pasta and normally I always get disappointed when I order it at restaurants (even nice restaurants) but the one time I’ve had the pasta at Deli it was delicious and I’ll definitely try it again. The plate, by the way, was huge and two could easily share it with the garlic bread that comes with it.
Deli is open 10:00 – 20:00 Monday to Wednesday but on Thursdays it’s open till 2 am and all night during weekends. I can vouch that their pizza is even better at 3 am after a beer or two.
PS. The lady in the kitchen kind of scares me. She reminds me of the soup-nazi in Seinfeld. I’m sure she’s a lovely woman but I wouldn’t want to meet her in a dark ally when she’s having a bad day. Just sayin’.