August 11 2017
Reykjavik’s Latest Restaurant Opening: Sumac Grill + Drinks
Lebanese and Moroccan cuisine is coming to Iceland!
There’s a new restaurant in town! Located in downtown Reykjavik, Sumac Grill + Drinks hopes to bring exotic and flavorful foods to Iceland.
The restaurant specializes in Lebanese and Moroccan cuisine from owner Þráinn Freyr Vigfússon, former head chef of the Blue Lagoon restaurant and coach of the national Icelandic cooking team. Along with culinary partner and head chef Hafsteinn Ólafsson, Þráinn curated a savory menu that brings together Icelandic traditions and the exotic flare from the coastline of North Africa and the Middle East.
Sumac Grill + Drinks will bring a new flavor to the Reykjavik scene, as it is rare for Icelanders to get to try Lebanese and Moroccan foods in Iceland. The cuisine is characterized by fried foods with exotic spices, yogurt sauce, marinated eggs, eggplant, hummus, pomegranates and more.
The name of the restaurant comes from the berry, Sumac, which when left out in the sun to dry, can be used as a fragrant spice that adds a “clean astringency and citrus tang to the dish.” Sumac’s bar also includes an extensive wine and cocktail list - including drinks from Reyka Vodka, Iceland’s award-winning vodka brand.