a taste of
ICELAND When you think of Iceland, you think of this beautiful country with majestic landscapes filled with icebergs, waterfalls, and glacial lagoons. The culinary aspect of the island completely escapes your mind. However, if you went to Taste of Iceland Toronto at Oliver & Bonacini’s restaurant Luma, it will never escape your mind again. A long weekend event in the middle of November, famous chef Viktor Örn Andrésson from Iceland’s beautiful LAVA restaurant at the Blue Lagoon resort spoiled all attendees with the freshest set of Icelandic dishes. After tasting his wonderfully crafted dishes, you understand why he was awarded the title of Nordic Chef of the Year for 2014.
Taste of Iceland was a fourcourse meal with a variety of delights for your palette. The first plate had melt-in-your-mouth Arctic char with Icelandic barley, horseradish, and cucumber. To add the final touch, Chef Andrésson came out and added his flair with the help of liquid nitrogen to finish the dish. Round two featured fresh, Icelandic Cod with söl (also known as red dulse, somewhat similar in consistency to seaweed) from the lovely seaside town of Stykkishólmur, accompanied by a lightly smoked langoustine (large prawn) salad with apple, black salsify (root plant), and pickled onions. The third and final main dish featured deliciously tender Icelandic Lamb – said to be so tender due to their grazing in the highlands. All I can say is
keep on wandering little lambs. Paired with marinated carrots, mushroom, and sunchokes, this dish was hearty and warmed you from the inside out. To finish off the evening, patrons were spoiled with a delicious dessert of chocolate crémeux with a delicious lemon marzipan cake and wild blueberries, paired with an Icelandic delicassy called Skyr (pronounce it as if you’re saying skiier with a Scottish accent). If the breathtaking expanses of Iceland didn’t make you want to visit the country, the culinary prowess will definitely entice you. I know where my first stop is when I return to this beautiful country. See you again at your restaurant Viktor! Lindsay Davies
The 6th issue of Passion8 Magazine