Don’t worry, you won’t be stuck on the island without food. We have a lovely and cosy café – named ‘hjá Gimburlombunum’ that is open every day during the summer from 10 – 17, and on demand we even host small and large dinner parties.
There are also two other cafés/bars on the island. Maggies serves food from 13 – 20 every day. Try the fish-soup on weekends, it is great! Also I heard that their fish & chips is awesome – we will go and try it out for our next inspirational trip. We might just see you there! Kaffistovan (which is also the islands B&B) serves breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday – you can get both different pastas and salads. The kitchen at Kaffistovan is open every weekday from 9 to 21. On Saturdays from 11 and Sundays from 14).
Here at Gimburlombini we do not have a fixed lunch menu, since we enjoy the freedom to get creative. Most days, we will serve fish and/or a vegetarian dish.
We have just started our wine journey, and all we know so far is that we enjoy wine… When we try a bottle we like, we buy a few more bottles and sell them here at the café for a few days/weeks/months – depending on how much we like it. Ask what we have in right now, and we might/might not be able to tell you something about it.
So, just come, you won’t be hungry!
Here are some of the things we serve here at Gimburlombini (but as mentioned above, there is not fixed menu, so what we offer can vary from one day to the other):
Some mornings the warm smell of freshly baked buns and good coffee fills the café. We serve the buns with butter, cheese and homemade rhubarb jam. Other days we have scones and lemoncurd – depending on our mood and the weather. What better than taking a slow start, and spending an hour or two drinking good coffee, gazing out the window, reading (faroese) newspapers and listening to the very funny sound of eiders swimming outside. The price is 60 kr, including coffee, but without any guarantee of eiders swimming outside – that depends on season.
Often we will also serve homemade baked beans & fried eggs (from our own chicken).
We make grilled fish for dinner parties, but since we know that many guest come spontaneously throughout the day, we have now made a more everyday version of our dinner-party-grilled-fish. The everyday version has everyday tastes: simple, jet good. A very good tasting everyday – that must be the goal right? Since there are so many everydays in a lifetime. We place cod on a baking sheet with potatoes, onions, garlic, butter and lemon, tie it together to a small package, and grill it on the grill. You will have to wait for 20 minutes before its ready, but we hope it will be worth it. The fish will be served with a dressing, bread and butter. The price is 150 kr.
We recommend groups to book in advance, since the number of visitors on the café can be very fluctuating, and on some days, the fish might be sold out. Visitors who are not in groups, but want to make sure they get to try the fish, are also welcome to book – it would be sad if it was sold out before you got to try it, right? Bookings can be made by writing an email to: info(at)visitnolsoy.fo, be sure to book at least a day in advance – we are on an island, and are not (yet) self-sufficient, so sometimes we need to go grocery shopping on the main-land.
Waffles, waffles, waffles! When we took over the café in 2014, we had a waffle contest: we offered free waffles to the local people and others passing by. They got to taste three different waffles and in return they got to vote for the best waffle recipe. The recipe of the oldest lady on the island won a great victory (yes, it was a blind-test, so there was no cheating). Her waffles are sweet in the good way and whilst baking, send out an amazing cardamom scent. We make them on order, so they are always fresh and served with whipped cream and homemade rhubarb jam. The price is 35 kr.
We do also have other sweets. What cakes we have to offer varies with our mood, the weather and many many other coincidences. Sometimes Barbara will make the greatest rhubarb topped chocolate cake, sometimes Ragna has an inspired moment and goes all in, decorating the carrot cake with candied daisies. And once in a while, I will bake a cake myself (Tjóðhild) – I do love to make a chervil-pavlova. And if there is a pavlova amongst the cakes, you will know that Tjóðhild is having a day with extra much energy.
We do have sunny days – really, it happens! They often when you least expect it. Therefor we try to prepare ourselves by having homemade ice cream in the freezer. The regulars are: vanilla, rhubarb, chocolate&espresso and seaweed&liquorice (yes, seaweed). We even make our own ice cream cones. On special occasions we also make other varieties – we are working on a cardamom ice cream for next christmas (yes, we do eat ice cream in the winter time), and on an angelica ice cream for the next special birthday party – who is up? We even serve rhubarb ice-cream-soda. It is good on a sunny day, but also lovely on cloudy and rainy days – it lights your inner sun, and makes the day brighter.
Coffee and tea
We serve coffee from the only faroese coffee roaster, Brell. Brell gets new coffee in every few weeks, and we get to taste our way through samples of all the varieties before we decide on what to choose. We do not know a lot about coffee, but we know what we like. So don’t expect a long talk about coffee, but rather a good cup of coffee, and maybe, a long talk about something else.
Our tea we buy from a small tea-shop in Lund in Sweden – since there is no tea shop in the Faroe Islands, and a few of us lived/live in Lund while studying. We have regular black assam, earl grey, green tea with jasmine, a smoked black tea and sometimes I will go out picking nettles for nettle-tea, or even make a special women’s blend from local herbs.
We make our own rhubarb-syrup that we use for sparkling rhubarbs-drinks, both as lemonade or in a cocktail. All of our dinner parties start with a rhubarb cocktail. We do also have soda, wine (mostly natural wines – and the selection changes as we ‘drink ‘our way through the summer), beer, irish coffee and hot/cold chocolate.
We also love making (and drinking) Gin&Tonics – come join us.