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Reykjavik: Local Food Month, October 2012

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Frakkar
26/09/2012
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Whale: To eat or not to eat? The market for whale meat has virtually disappeared the world over, even in Iceland, leaving the delicacy hard to come by. But for non-detractors the practice still pervades at Frakkar, an unassuming little restaurant tucked away in a Reykjavik suburb and specialising in Icelandic cuisine.  
 
I tried Chef Ulfar Eysteinsson’s whale offerings mostly to find what all the kerfuffle was about. Cured Minke Whale with Gravlax sauce was, to me, like a sliver of dried beef and that was pretty much that.  The Whale Pepper Steak was slick as oil and came complete with a bloody smell but by all accounts was exactly how it should be. To me the question is more about taste than ethics and from now on I’ll stick to whale watching.
 
Much better were chef’s rendition of fried cod chin gratin – crunchy, delicate comfort food – right for a chilly autumn night. Smoked puffin breast in mustard sauce was punchy like liver and if Icelanders have no issues eating their national bird then neither do I.
Baldursgata 14, 101 Reykjavík
www.3frakkar.com phone number: 552 3939
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