The Art of Bacalao in Grindavík
Salthúsið Restaurant takes this famous fish to a new level of taste
Call it bacalao, salted cod, morue or saltfisk in Icelandic, the cod fish was so important to Iceland’s economy that it featured prominently on the Icelandic Coat of Arms.
The Salthúsið (Salt House) Restaurant of Grindavík is the first restaurant in Iceland specialising in the lowly codfish, bringing it up to new heights.
Once the staple of the poor, baccalao has been a celebrated ingredient in Mediterranean, African, and Caribbean cuisine for many centuries.
Benefiting from its proximity to the sea, Salthusið’s á la carte menu features beautifully presented seafood that couldn’t be more fresh: whether it’s cod, haddock or catfish or even lobster—it all depends on the ‘catch of the day’. Not a fish lover? The menu also features items such as marinated fillet of lamb, beef tenderloin and BBQ ribs amongst others.
Linger over a glass of wine from Salthusið’s extensive wine list while listening to the soft ambient music in front of the wood-burning stove in the dining room that serves to warm and brighten those rainy days that are sometimes a part of life in Grindavík.
Aside from the á la carte evening menu, there is more casual fare for the lunch crowd, a café with free Internet access and a bar which is popular with the locals on weekends.
Salthusið Restaurant, just 5 minutes drive from the internationally acclaimed Blue Lagoon, is housed in a warm and inviting log house, made of solid Estonian pine. The restaurant, spanning 2 floors, is an elegant venue for banquets, parties, conferences and reception dinners accommodating a total of 200 guests. The large premises can host conferences, workshops and meetings in 3 dining rooms, each with its own separate sound system, wireless Internet and an overhead projection system.