Potturinn og Pannan (Pot and Pan) is a traditional Icelandic restaurant in Reykjavik, Iceland that offers delicious food, a somewhat relaxed family style atmosphere and reasonable prices (for Iceland).
I discovered the restaurant after asking the front desk at Hotel Klettur about recommendations for an authentic Icelandic restaurant. Nearby Potturinn og Pannan was the unanimous recommendation.
I have visited more than a few places (Bangkok comes to mind) where a recommendation is tied to some sort of commission. However this did not seem to be the case with the Hotel Klettur recommendation. It was a genuine referral in my opinion, and what I found was a genuine restaurant.
By the way, the Hotel Klettur is an excellent choice for accommodations in Reykjavik. The hotel is clean and modern with reasonable prices. The prices are more reasonable because it is located a few blocks past the end of the main street (Laugavegur Road) in Reykjavik. Nevertheless, the hotel is still within easy walking distance of Laugavegur Road and I did not find the location to be a problem. If anything, the location seemed to be a little quieter while still offering access to the best of Reykjavik. In addition to Potturinn og Pannan, I enjoyed several other restaurants in the Hotel Klettur area including Ruby Tuesday and Devito’s Pizza.
Potturinn og Pannan is located on a quiet street just a few blocks from central Reykjavik (location at Google Maps). The address is:
Potturinn og Pannan
105 Reykjavík, Iceland
Inside Potturinn og Pannan.
I ordered the #13, the roasted filet of salted cod served atop mashed potatoes. Salted cod has turned out to be my favorite food in Iceland. I order it whenever it is available.
Above: The menu on my visit to Potturinn og Pannan. Iceland is an expensive country. If you’re traveling alone, like me, $40 U.S. for a meal is doable. If you have a family of four, a single meal can quickly turn into $200. Don’t let the 4-digit prices scare you. Krona is the national currency of Iceland, with one krona equal to about 7 cents U.S. dollars. The #13 at ISK 3,950 for example is about $30 U.S. at the time of this writing. A general rule of thumb I use in Iceland, to be in the ballpark on prices, is to take the last two digits off the price.
Overall, Potturinn og Pannan has turned out to be my favorite restaurant in Reykjavik and I’ll be sure to eat there at least once whenever I’m in town!