Reykjavik Chips, Reykjavik
Address: Vitastígur, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
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Review of "Reykjavik Chips, Reykjavik"
I was recently in Iceland and while planning our trip, I wanted to check out some of the nicest places to eat while in the country. This was a place that came highly recommended and I was particularly keen to try after I checked the menu and their garlic sauce was called Buffy, especially when I was traveling with someone who was a big fan of the TV show. I'm just a fan of chips in general so anywhere that sold them was somewhere I was happy to try out.
LocationWe didn't have too much bother finding the place and the first time we walked past, it was by accident that we found it. Located just off Laugavegur Street, the main shopping street in Reykjavik, the forest green fronted cafe with it's bright mural is easy to spot, although the streets are quite colourful in general around that part of Reykjavik.
Although the street the cafe is located on is steep, the cafe is at the bottom of the street and on the ground floor so easily accessed for those who are in wheelchairs or limited mobility or with a pushchair.
DecorThe place itself was fairly small but very quaint and the green from the outside continues on the inside as well. There are lots of sacks of potatoes around the place and also lots of pictures on the walls of films such as Mr Chips and even a framed photograph of Stephen Fry which did make me laugh. There is also a large mural on the wall where you order your food which shows the processes that they go through in order to make your chips which is a nice idea as well although it was obvious from just tasting these chips that they weren't just your typical flash fried chip shop style chips that you get from a local takeaway.
There were banquette seating around the walls of the cafe and lots of cushions which added to the relaxed vibe of the cafe. There is a real chilled out vibe about this place, it's small and quaint but a nice place to relax and eat your chips. There is a small counter where you order your chips and they let you know how long it will take for your chips, although it was quiet when we were in so they carried our chips down to us. I'm guessing that when it's busier, you need to keep an eye out for when your order is called. We sat at a banquette against the front window and were able to look around us at the art and also keep an eye on the street outside as well while we waited for our chips.There was also a small table near the door which had different condiments such as salt and vinegar but as I don't really like salt and vinegar when I am eating chips with sauce, we passed on these.
As it is a small cafe, there are no toilets and I could imagine that at peak times, it could feel slightly claustrophobic but as we were there early lunchtime, it was quiet and there were only us and a few other tourists that had wandered in after us in the cafe. Waiting outside isn't a hardship either as there is plenty to see in the local area and many of the buildings and street art in the area are worth checking out.
MenuThis restaurant has probably the smallest menu I've ever saw when going for something to eat. The menu consist of chips served with a variety of sauces and that's about it.Sauces available are
- Samurai - chili mayo sauce
- Kokteil - coctail sauce
- Mæjó - mayo
- Andalúsía - sweet mustard sauce
- Tómató – ketchup
- Buffy - garlic sauce
- Harakiri - chili mayo sauce
- Graslaukssósa - chives sauce
- Hannibal - pickle sauce
- Satay vegan sósa - satay vegan sauce
As you can see, there isn't much choice in what you get but most people will find something in this list to put on their chips. You can probably have plain chips as well but with such a wide selection of sauces, there is something for almost everyone on this menu – the menu is just missing some cheese as an option to have with your chips. Chips, cheese and garlic mayo is a winning combination in my world.
My ExperienceIt doesn't take long to order since there is literally only chips and dips on the menu, although with the choice of dips available, it can be tough, and I almost ordered two dips since I found it hard to make up my mind whether I wanted the Buffy or the Vegan Satay. I opted for the Buffy in the end though but if I ever found myself back in Reykjavik, I'd try the satay.
We were told they would take around 4 minutes to cook so we took our drinks and sat down at a bench along the front of the cafe. We did wonder why there were holes in the tables but this became clear when our cones of chips arrived, almost too hot to eat and straight from the fryer in paper cones which fitted neatly into the holes in the tables.I opted to have a separate tub of dip whereas my friend chose to have the sauce over her chips. I don't think it really mattered though which you chose as the chips were gorgeous and I had a generous portion of the Buffy sauce as well. They also thoughtfully provided us with what looked like skewers to eat our chips with. It was a little weird but I persevered since they had kindly given us them, although the smaller crispier chips, I picked up with my fingers.
The chips themselves were worth all the positive reviews that I had read, piping hot, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. They didn't taste at all greasy either, unlike some other chips that I have had from takeaways. Portion was about right, as many more and I would have continued to eat until I was sick as they were nice, and I resisted the temptation to order more!There was something especially nice about the combination of coming in from the cold and having piping hot chips with a gorgeous garlic dip that really set us up for further exploring around Reykjavik.
Prices are very expensive for almost everything in Iceland and it could be argued that this is just another potential rip off as it cost us around 950 krona (just over £7) for our chips, dip and a can of whatever drink we wanted. I chose Pepsi but I would also recommend their version of Fanta Orange as well. You can also have a beer with your chips but since we went at lunchtime and also because I was driving the hire car, there was to be no beer for me!Prices are 750 krona (approximately £5.50) for a small portion, 1050 krona (£8) for the large and a family portion is 1350 (£10) krona. The price includes a dip or sauce either over your chips or in a separate tub.
If you want a drink with your chips, a portion of chips and a soda is 950 krona and chips and a beer is 1490 krona (£11).
StaffStaff were friendly and welcoming, even if our interactions aren't more than just hello and placing our order. We were informed of how long we would be waiting for our chips and then they carried them down to our table. I did order a Diet Pepsi and got a regular one instead but I didn't complain as I took it as a sign that a sugar boost would be nice and it was!
Check out their website on http://www.rvkchips.is/ although you may need to run the website through Google translateOpening hours are as follows:
Monday – Friday 11:30 – 22:00 (I loved how they always used the 24 hour clock in Iceland)
Saturday – Sunday 11:30 – 23:00
You can find Reykjavik chips at Vitastígur 10 101 Reykjavík
It's a little too far to go to Reykjavik for chips but if I ever found myself in Iceland again, I would definitely go back here. The chips were lovely, portion sizes were decent and I liked how you had a choice of whether you wanted your sauce poured on your chips or separately.Yes, it's more expensive than what I normally pay for a portion of chips but since I was on holiday anyway (I tend to spend more when I'm not at home) and also because of the novelty of the place, I think that £7 for lunch and a drink is reasonable. Okay, it's not somewhere you'd go all the time due to lack of variety but the chips were delicious and I would recommend this to anyone in Reykjavik.
The cafe has a relaxed, chilled out vibe and was a nice place to relax and eat our chips and the warm chips were a welcome addition to our lunchtime walk in the cold around Reykjavik.
Photos1. Outside the cafe
2. Our seats in the cafe (with my purse and hat also in shot, oops)
3. Other side of the cafe
4. My chips
Apologies for the fact my photos have gone a little sideways, not sure how to fix that as they are the right way round on my PC?
Product Information : Reykjavik Chips, Reykjavik
Manufacturer's product descriptionAddress: Vitastígur, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
Address: Vitastígur, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
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