Last time I had gelato was eons ago. It had been such a long time in fact, that until this afternoon I thought I had lost the taste for it. Wrong: there is no such a thing as losing taste for ice cream. I am quite happy I realized it, and right in time for summer, woo hoo!
For those looking for a taste of Italian gelato in Reykjavík, there is likely no better place that Perlan’s cafeteria. I experienced some pretty scary cone-exploding incident today while I was at it, but the sweet and creamy goodness of my gelato indeed made up for it. I was quite surprised that Perlan’s gelato tastes so familiar, especially when compared to any other ice cream I tried here—the only thing actually missing from it being the whipped cream topping. I later found out that Italian manufacturer Morini produces it, so yes, in a way this must be why my gustatory cells had a déjà-vu while drowning in it. Flavors available are for the most part classics—chocolate, vanilla, banana, pistachio, etc.—with a few “international” oriented ones, as Daim and Bounty. Cones and cups come in different sizes, ranging from one to three scoops; the three scoops cup/cone I would label as large: for successful consumption, make sure you have enough free space in your stomach, unless you are into the notion of having viscous substance spill out from your lungs and ears. Rest assured that for around ISK700 you get an awful lot of ice cream. As an extra to your gelato, you also get the amazing view: is there anything better than slurping ice cream while gazing at the city of Reykjavík from above?
Other than the delicious Italian style ice cream, the cafeteria also offers a more than decent choice of breads, cakes and pastries, sandwiches (check out the Schnitzel one), soups, and salads. For Reykjavík, everything is fairly priced. Note that the cafeteria is not to be confused with the prestigious—and quite expensive—restaurant on top of the dome. Perlan’s cafeteria is located on the 4th floor and it is open every day between 10 and 21.