At Salt Eldhús they firmly believe that the best way to to know a country is through your taste buds and I couldn’t agree more.
We signed up for the Cook and Dine lunch class which was led by the wonderful Sigridur, a ex-chef and food writer from Iceland. This involved cooking a three course with her help. We weren’t the only people on our course; we sat down to eat with a hilarious American couple who promised not to judge us on Brexit if we didn’t judge them for Trump.
The kitchen itself was a semi industrial but homely kitchen with a beautifully set up large table to sit down and enjoy your meal from. From the kitchen you also get the most beautiful view across the sea to the neighbouring islands.
The menus are changed depending on the time of year to suit the available local ingredients and when you book, you can suggest preferences. I asked if we could not have a fish main course, as although I like fish, I’m not a huge fan and I asked if we could have lamb instead, an Icelandic specialty.
Here was our traditional Icelandic Menu:
For starters we had Arctic Char (a bit salmon) with Fennel-Orange Salad.
For the main we had Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb, Fondant Potatoes, Satuteed Red Cabbage with Raisins Green Pea Puree with Mother-of-Thyme Jus.
For pudding we had Skyr Panna Cotta with Brown Whey Cheese Cream and Toasted Oats.
It was an amazing experience and we really enjoyed not only the cooking, but also the company. It was really interesting to learn all about traditional Icelandic food and traditions. We were there on New Year’s Eve, so there was a lot of talk about everything that was going to go on that evening, but that’s information for a whole different post you can check out by clicking here.
So what’s the damage? The Cook and Dine lunch class cost 24900 Icelandic Krona, which is about £172. Now that sounds like a huge amount of money, but when you’re in Iceland you quickly learn that everything is relative! A basic pastry in the bakery cost us 500 ISK which is about £3.50! The three course meal with wine that we had would have probably cost us about £120 if we’d just gone out for dinner. So for an extra £50, we had an amazing experience and got to really learn about the Icelandic food culture. We also got to spend the afternoon with two locals who gave us all sorts of tips for the rest of the trip. In fact, we almost wish we had taken the class sooner in our trip to really benefit from their knowledge.
I would definitely recommend that you check out Salt Eldhús and book your own course. It was a really unique thing to do on our trip!
If you go and see Sigridur and book your own course at Salt Eldhaus, make sure you tell her I sent you! Have fun!
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