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Þorláksmessa – St. Þorlákur’s Mass

Þorláksmessa is the day before Christmas, or December 23rd. It is generally the biggest shopping day in Iceland as people run to the stores in a frenzy to get the last Christmas presents.

Þorláksmessa is named after Þorlákur Þórhallsson, a priest in Iceland in the 12th century. He died on this day in 1193. He was canonized by Althingi (the Icelandic Parliament) in 1198. There are two feastdays of Þorlákur, December 23rd is one and July 20th is the other.

The dish of the day is skate. The reason for this is that it is the last day of the Christmas fast and no one was supposed to eat meat. The skate is pickled and putrefyed because, much like shark, skate has enzymes that can be harmful when consumed fresh. It is served mostly with boiled potatoes.

The tradition of eating skate on December 23rd is still very popular in Iceland despite the strong smell of ammonia that comes from the pickling and putrefying of the fish.

However, many go to restaurants to enjoy the food so as not to introduce the smell into the house.

Þorláksmessuskata / Traditional 23. December “Skate” Lunch & Dinner

Þorláksmessuskata

Traditional 23. December “Skate” Lunch & Dinner

Forréttir

  • Jólasíld með rauðrófu
  • Sinnepssíld
  • Epplasíld
  • Marineruð síld
  • Reyktur lax með piparrótarsósu
  • Graflax með sinnepssósu

Aðalréttir

  • Kæst Tindabykkja (MILD)
  • Kæst Tindabykkja (STERK)
  • Kæst Tindabykkja (STERKARI)
  • Skötustappa
  • Saltfiskur
  • Plokkfiskur

 

Sósur

  • Vestfirðingur
  • Hamsatólg
  • Brætt smjör
  • Hnoðmör

 

Eftirréttir

  • Ris A la Mande
  • Súkkulaðikaka með salthnetum
  • Créme Brullé
  • Smákökur

 

Dagsetning & Verð

  • Desember 23

Verð

  • 3900.-
  • 6-12 ára   1950.-
  • 0-5 ára   0,-

Fyrir þau sem ekki vilja skötu þá erum við einnig með jólahlaðborð

Appetizers

  • Christmas herring with beets
  • Mustard herring
  • Apple herring
  • Marinated herring
  • Smoked salmon with horseradish sauce
  • Cured salmon with mustard-dill sauce

Main Dishes

  • Fermented Skate (MILD)
  • Fermented Skate (STRONG)
  • Fermented  Skate (EXTRA STRONG)
  • Skate Stew
  • Bacalao
  • Fish Stew

 

Sauces

  • “Vestfirðingur” Icelandic Tradition Sauce
  • “Hamsatólg” Icelandic Traditional Sauce
  • Drawn butter
  • “Hnoðmör” Icelandic Traditional Sauce

 

Desserts

  • Ris A la Mande
  • Chockolate Cake with salted nuts
  • Créme Brullé
  • Christmas Cookies

 

Date & Price

  • December 23

Price

  • 3900.-
  • 6-12 year   1950.-
  • 0-5 years    0,-

We also offer our Christmas buffet for those not wanting to partake in the Icelandic Skate tradition