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dubchild | Jun 5, 201604:34 AM    

I didn't see anything posted on Dill restaurant even though I posted about it last time we were there.

Dill is a new nordic spot which offers two tasting menus 5 and 7 courses. It is not cheap, 7 course option for two of us with wine pairings came to 51,000 Kr.

They changed location since our last visit. The new room is darker, more casual and in the downtown area. The meal starts with snacks, these were four different plates of one bite items based around either smoked roe or dried fish. 7 courses follow that and a paper bag with some sweet treats at the end to take home.

Overall all the food is interesting, with mostly classic pairings, proper seasoning and temperature, while showcasing a variety of textures and techniques. The off hand criticism is that it's a copy of Noma. I have never been to Noma, but my feeling based on reviews, friend's experiences and the photos is that the focus is a bit different. First off the plating looks more traditional and less conceptual, nothing is eaten with your hands for instance. Even though all the ingredients are local, there seems to less of an obsession with foraging. Finally the food comes across as less concept based and more about giving pleasure to the diner. This last point is partly why I enjoy Dill so much, the food gives pleasure at a sensual level.

This visit was even better than our first. The food is quite refined, some items, such as the mussels, were the best I've had, and as far as a tasting menu restaurant, it competes with the best. If Michelin comes to Iceland it is worthy of two stars but would only get one because the room is a bit casual and the wines poured are very basic. I imagine imported wines are expensive in Iceland and selection is limited. Some of the pairings could have been better, the smoked fish with kale would have been ideal with a Riesling and Prosecco only works with fresh strawberries and not a sweet strawberry dessert, which is what they did. I would be quite happy if they poured more local beers with their menu.

The Icelandair stop over works well for us, so Dill will be on our next visit. Highly recommended.

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