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Respond to Review of CLOSED: A Naestu Grosum
by csbench

Review: I think some of the reviews thus far are a little stuck on cliches for eating in Iceland. Let's face it... it's a country of 300,000 people with few sources for local food. I mean, one doesn't come to Iceland to experience "Icelandic Cuisine." Further, the fact that everything has to be imported makes eating out at restaurants here quite expensive. That said, for a city of 170,000, Reykjavik does just fine at supporting at least one or two good restaurants of many major international cuisine types. There's decent Italian here, decent Indian, decent Thai, etc, and those places do have good vegetarian options. It is true, though, that beyond these spots, vegetarians are stuck with bland and somewhat disappointing pizza and pasta. That's what I think makes A Naestu Grosum such a great find. It's true that the place is set up cafeteria-style -- you order when you come in, and food is displayed at the counter. It's not that it's not fresh though, they do seem to be replenishing dishes over the course of the evening, and the food is not bland. They do an above average job with everything they make, and they seem to focus on Indian and hearty Central European foods. The price is very fair, too. Sure, you might pay a bit more than usual because... well, it's Iceland... but compared to other restaurants in Reykjavik, the value is unmatched. You can choose small, medium, or large plates, and they have plenty of free breads to go with your soup. Their desserts are quite nice, too, and the dining room is pleasantly decorated. Bottom line... my husband and I were quite pleased with A Naestu Grosum and are very glad it's there!


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