Hotel Budir (Gourmet Chick in Iceland)

MTV boyfriend popped the question on the remote Snaefellsnes peninsula in Iceland which must surely be one of the more unusual places to propose. I still can’t pronounce Snaefellsnes properly but I can say that the landscape is bleak but beautiful with rocky outcrops formed from ancient lava fields and shadowed by the snow covered Snæfelljökull glacier. Even in such an isolated location MTV boyfriend made sure we were staying somewhere with decent champagne to celebrate. Hotel Budir is on the edge of a lava field one side of the hotel faces out to the sea where you can see otters heads bobbing on the water as they head out to fish and from the back of the hotel the glacier looms in the distance. Despite its location Hotel Budir is known for innovative food produced in the restaurant with it’s strong emphasis on the use of local produce.

Slow cooked trout

It was always going to be hard for a meal to live up to such an occasion but Hotel Budir rose to the challenge with the Chef’s selection menu. Sipping on champagne we started with a basket of home baked dense white bread served with a sun dried tomato pesto. It would be hard to get produce more local than the slow cooked trout which we were told by the waiter came from a lake about seven miles away. Thick cut slices of velvety trout were served on slate drizzled with sauce made from seaweed and skyr a yoghurt like Icelandic specialty.

Next up came paper thin slices of duck breast layered over chunks of roasted apple. The flavour combination was inspired as the sweet apple complemented the peppery duck. This was followed by another satisfying starter of two chubby scallops quivering on a smear of parsnip puree.

Icelandic lamb fillet

The main course on the menu was a fillet of Icelandic lamb served with flakes of slow cooked lamb shank, roasted onions and a scattering of local wild flowers. You hear a lot about Icelandic lamb and it does have a distinctive almost gamey taste which is a result of the country’s geographical isolation and the diet of the lambs reared in Iceland’s unspoilt highland pastures. The serving side was generous although I would have preferred my lamb more on the rare side so that I could appreciate more of the unique flavour.

The only let down to the meal was dessert which was a “chocolate plate” which primarily comprised a fudgy chocolate brownie served with some skyr with blueberries. It was decent enough but it was evident that there was no pastry chef at Hotel Budir and the dessert did not quite meet the high standards of the rest of the meal. Still can a girl really complain when her boyfriend has just asked her to marry him and the waiters are bringing over some complementary dessert wine to assist in the celebrations.

Details: Budir, Iceland (Ph +354 435 6700)
Damage: Pricey

If you liked this you might be interested in reading about the fabulous Sjavarkjallarin in Reykjavik or try the Icelandic lamb in a hot dog!


  1. Congratulations on your engagement! Been enjoying your blogs on Iceland. They’ve got a lot of great travel deals right now, so I may just go.

  2. How did you save this post for so long? Congratulations!

  3. Ah, congratulations – i’ve always wanted to visit Iceland.

  4. Congratulations! So is there a question now about getting married in Australia or the UK??

  5. Many congratulations once again! This sounds like a lovely way to mark the occasion – especially with some free drinks throw in.

  6. hey congrats!! hope you have a nice piece of ice on your finger. sorry that was lame.

  7. Shari – I think it is a great time to go to Iceland as everything is about 1/3 cheaper than it was one year ago which makes it a pretty affordable trip

    American In London – Thanks I was not sure how to post about something so personal!

    Lizzie – Thanks

    Boo – Me too I don’t know why but I was sort of obsessed with going there – it is just such an unusual country

    An Australian Eats – Good question we are trying to work that out at the moment!

    Oliver – thanks and yes it was a lovely meal on a great day

    Curious Eater – I had to restrain myself from making a similar joke so don’t worry!

  8. pity for the dessert… but who cares, right?

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