Café Mika—One of Iceland’s Best Kept Secrets
It’s not often that you’ll find such an unlikely gem ‘in the middle of nowhere’. In this case ‘nowhere’ is in Reykholt, a small horticultural village with a grand population of 200 souls on the historic Golden Circle. The gem in question is Café Mika. The relatively new restaurant is one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets and has been awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2014.
Every week, a tempting new dessert
The café/restaurant is run by Polish Mikki and his wife Bozena who put their heart and soul into everything they do. Five years ago, Mikki decided to finally get to grips with his passion for chocolate and took a course in Belgium to learn the fine art of chocolate confectionary. Mikki uses only quality chocolate from Belgium and France and when combined with Reykholt’s own raspberries and strawberries, you can be assured of a dessert that will surpass your expectations. The café’s equally delicious, rich, thick, hot chocolate is in fact quite stunning and unparalleled anywhere in Iceland.
Putting the wow factor on the plate
Hmmm, freshly baked pizza oozing with melted cheese, garlic-butter sauce and a variety of toppings is just the ticket when hunger strikes. Café Mika offers 13 varieties of this Italian delight, and in summer, when the weather is fine, the chef fires up the wood burning pizza oven out on the patio where you can sit with glass of wine in hand, enjoying Iceland’s mid-summer sun. Sizzling, hot-off-the-grill chicken, langoustine, lamb or beef steak dishes are also on the menu, along with items such as langoustine soup, fresh garden salads, pasta dishes, and hearty sandwiches. It all sounds so tempting, doesn’t it? Should you have any dietary restrictions, the chef will make every effort to accommodate your needs.
Last but not least, Café Mika’s gift shop offers a fine selection of hand-knit woollen lopapeysas, (Icelandic pullovers), gloves, hats and mittens, lovingly produced by local craftsmen and women. Did you say chocolate? How about a box of fine, hand-made chocolates for your chocoholic friends and family back home? Of course!
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