Don’t worry, you won’t be stuck on the island without food. We have a lovely and cosy café that is open every day during the summer from 10 – 17, and on demand – we even host small and large dinner parties.
The local café/bar Maggies also 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!
So, just come, you won’t be hungry!
Every morning the warm smell of freshly baked buns and good coffee fills the café. We serve the buns with butter, cheese and homemade rhubarb jam. 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 50 kr, including coffee, but without any guarantee of eiders swimming outside – that depends on season.
After the great success with our sweet cardamom waffle (with whipped cream and rhubarb jam – read on below), we decided to go a little further, and fell head over heals in love with a salty and savoury rye-waffle-invention of ours. It happened by accident, our very own talented multi artist Anna Malan was having her first book released (poems and paintings), and we were throwing a little realease-party. It was on a very busy day, so didn’t have the time to plan the food for the party – so we did it free style, and fell in love at the first bite of the rye-waffle. We have been in love ever since.
It is very difficult to explain the tastes, and I never seem to do the waffle justice, it is much better that it sounds, but I will try to explain, then you can try it, and hopefully be positively surprised. The salty savoury rye-waffle is served with cream cheese, mustard, carrots, apples, beets and pickles rhubarbs (when there is a rhubarb-drought – like the time when a sheep jumped the fence and eat all of our rhubarbs – we will pickle apples instead).
Strangely enough not everybody loves waffles, therefor we try to always have another option for lunch: grilled fish. 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 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 Anna Malan 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, roiboos and sometimes Anna Malan will go out picking nettles for nettle-tea, or even making 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, beer, irish coffee and hot/cold chocolate.
We also love making (and drinking) Gin&Tonics – come join us.