Sometimes the best events come from finding a little extra energy after a busy week and walking through terribly slushy snow to get there. On Thursday evening I visited Legal Sea Foods Harborside to sample the Taste of Iceland menu and kick off Boston’s ‘A Taste of Iceland’ – a week-long celebration of Icelandic culture in Boston and other cities around the country.
When I entered the second floor of Legal Sea Foods Harborside, I was offered a refreshing cocktail of Reyka vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. It was the perfect balance of sour and sweet.
Legal Sea Foods is featuring an Icelandic-themed menu through this Tuesday, March 12 at select Boston-area locations. I sampled bite-sized versions of some offerings. And, if you know how much I love Scandinavian chefs like Andreas Viestad, you’ll understand my excitement for the opportunity to learn more about ingredients and dishes from Iceland.
Guest chefs Fannar Vernarðsson and Thrainn Freyr Vigfusson were cooking on-site (you’ll have to excuse my iPhone photos)
marinated Icelandic salmon with fennel, rutabaga, artic char roe in spruce oil and horseradish dressing – my favorite taste of the night
app version of the entree roasted shoulder of Icelandic lamb with sunchokes, onions, preserved lemons and lamb jus
not the prettiest photo, but this was delicious – Skyr Tiramisu style: Skyr mousse and spice cake served with coffee ice cream
If you haven’t been to Legal Harborside, here’s what you’ll see when you walk in:
stairs leading to the second floor
The atmosphere and service at Legal Harborside were exceptional – I was very surprised and impressed, as I’ve been to other Legal Sea Foods locations that have a much more informal and chain restaurant feel. The night was a great opportunity to learn more about Iceland and Icelandic food, as well as tourism options available, including short flights from Boston. I knew before the event that I would love to visit Iceland, but now I’m even more excited to visit someday.
A Taste of Iceland is brought to Boston by Iceland Naturally, a marketing organization that ‘promotes the tourism, services, products, and culture of Iceland.’ I received a complimentary invitaiton to attend this media preview event through Regan Communications. As always, opinions are my own.