And our last food stop was Rub 23. Rub 23 has been one of the trendier places in Iceland in recent years (it's actually a pair of places, the original is in Akureyri), but despite its trendiness, it's actually pretty easy to get into on a Saturday night if you are flexible with a reservation.
Rub 23 is basically an Asian Fusion place that pairs Icelandic ingredients with Asian ingredients (the name comes from several specialty rubs, their schtick is that you can pick your own combination of meat and rub).
We, however, did the tasting menu.
First up, the appetizers: 10 spice popcorn (which was stunningly spicy) and pickles:
Course #2 was a combination of tempura arctic char, as well as a "sushi pizza".
The char was really, really good. After this trip to Iceland, I'm almost addicted to char.
I'm usually skeptical about things on sushi menus with Mexican or Italian names (I've suffered from several "Nacho rolls", for example), but this actually worked pretty well:
The next item was a sushi sampler including a spicy tuna roll, hot and sweet roll, flounder sashimi, and tuna and arctic char nigiri:
The next course was Icelandic Cod and a Langoustine tail.
The cod was phenomenal. Perfectly cooked, tender, and flaky, with a nice rub of rosemary and thyme; I was enjoying it so much I forgot to take a picture of that half of the plate.
The langoustine tail was also really good; the quality was overall about the same as in Hofn, but here they had a really pleasant rub on it and was served with a sauce that was really similar to a Mexican salsa.
The main course: lamb with an Indian rub. Perfectly tender and flavorful, this combined already-excellent Icelandic lamb with a pleasant spice rub rich in cardamom.