Where I ate in Torshavn
Torshavn is small enough that I didn't have a lot of research or suggestions on where to eat while I was there. Google trips had some suggestions and the two places I ate that were delicious and higher end I definitely recommend. So without further ado, dining and drinking in Torshavn!
Futastova - I made a reservation to dine here the night of the race, after I'd finished. I knew it would be expensive and treated it as my celebration dinner. I ordered a glass of wine, a langoustine salad for a starter (which had a generous portion of langoustine), and a pan-fried pollock for my main course. The main course included a vegetable and a starch even though I can't remember what those were (sorry). Everything was delicious and locally caught. I dined fairly early for a Saturday, at 6:30 or 7, and it was just beginning to fill up as I left. In all, my bill with service was approximately $70. It was my splurge of the trip and the most expensive meal I had in Torshavn. This place was one of the charming little grass-roofed buildings in the older section of Torshavn and the cluster of buildings once housed the local government.
Barbara Fish House - This place was another grass-roof building, so, very close to Futastova. The menu was tapas style and was busy when I came in from a long day on Nolsoy. I made a reservation there for that evening earlier in the day and I had walked in wearing my leggings, casual jacket, and basically what I planned to hike Nolsoy in and I asked the chef if I was okay because I mentioned that I could go home and change. He assured me that it was fine and that Barbara Fish House was not fancy. So just know that it is okay if you're not dressed up. I ate a delicious variety of fish and shellfish here and had a glass of white wine. I ate mussels for a starter (at the recommendation of the server) and ordered the monkfish for my main course. They also have 6 and 8-course chef's menus that you can select but I was eating at 8:30 and didn't want a heavy meal. Overall, I spent about $50 here. I'll call it a mini-splurge. The service here and at Futastova were impeccable.
Sirkus Foroyar - I had dinner here my last night in town, I split up from my new friends Desi and AnnCharlott after Mykines and I wanted a beer and a burger, so that's what I got, except I ordered a veggie burger. Sirkus had a good selection of vegetarian food and Indian food. Service was bar style, order at the bar and then they bring it out to you. The restaurant was three levels, the first level was a simple bar, drinks only. The second level was the main bar and food-ordering place, the third floor was just seating (I think, I didn't go up there). I read my book, had a beer, and ate my burger. It was tasty, inexpensive (by Nordic standards!), and quiet. I'd imagine it gets pretty busy later in the evening, I was there at 8 pm-ish. I read somewhere it is open-minded, bohemian, and good for late night eats. The beer selection was great and had a fairly decent craft selection for a small city.
Hvonn Brasserie - Ahh my last lunch in Torshavn, I knew I was headed to Reykjavik for an expensive dinner so I decided to have a glass of wine and a pizza here before I departed for the airport. It was an interesting hodgepodge of cuisines but was totally booked every time I went there prior to my last day. I tried to go 4 times total and it was always crowded with locals. The pizza was good and made to order and the many windows and view of the harbor made for great ambiance. I'd recommend it.
Mimir - The locals-only bar that is unmarked and hard to find, I think I found it easily because it was summer and light outside still at 10 pm. I made friends with a woman from Greenland and her Faroese boyfriend. I took many shots with these new friends (oy). I ended up leaving to go to a few more bars (two of which I do not know the name of) with two new friends, where I drank a lot of water, haha.
Cafe Natur - Had a beer here, sat at an outdoor table, watched the water and the harbor on my first day after I picked up my race number. It was a popular place serving coffee, alcoholic beverages, and food. It opened mid-afternoon and stayed open pretty late. A good place to relax and people watch. Also, a great place to watch and cheer on the slower marathoners and half-marathoners. The frontrunners did this and helpfully pointed out to me where to run at the fork in the road to get to the finish!
Kafe Kaspar - I had lunch here and ordered a salad while I read my book and waited for the ferry. Then I ordered a piece of cake and another espresso, pictured above. Yes, I was technically wasting time I could have spent outside, but I feel like part of the fun of traveling is slowing down and doing things that seem frivolous at home. Not necessarily a waste, but the whole time you're thinking "I could be doing a lot of other things." So my tip is to take at least one day of your trip and spend it in a cafe. But anyway, I recommend this place because it is inexpensive (again, by Nordic standards) and fairly quick - the menu is not large. It is close to the bus/ferry/taxi terminal too, just about a half kilometer walk.