What is Matarkjallarinn and is it really one of the best restaurants in Reykjavik, Iceland? Where to find the Food Cellar, what are their signature cuisines and when should you visit? Here is my short review on one of my absolute most favourite restaurants in Reykjavik right now.
There are 347 restaurants in Reykjavik according to Trip Advisor. And I really wouldn’t be surprised if they are even more! So there are definitely many options out there for gourmands in Reykjavik.
About Matarkjallarinn // the Food Cellar
Matarkjallarinn (or the Food Cellar in English) has been one of my favourite restaurants in Reykjavik since they opened their doors just less than one year ago. It is a fine dining restaurant but the atmosphere is very easy & comfortable and this grill + cocktail bar is situated in a historical 160 year old building in the heart of down town Reykjavik.
The cuisine in my opinion is clearly Icelandic but with a very creative modern twists and consisting mainly of Icelandic meat & seafood. I have probably visited at least 5 times in the last few months for lunch and dinner and always tried something new … and loved it! And even though I have had a few of their tasting menu’s I have to say that my all time favourite is their troll-size steak-plank which has a brilliant mix of Icelandic beef, lamb, pork & langoustine!
Just as important as the kitchen, the Food Cellar is also a fantastic cocktail bar with highly awarded mixologists in their front line. And after the most busy dinner hours, Matarkjallarinn turns from a fancy restaurant to an outgoing cocktail club with an easy lounge vibe and live music.
If you are lucky you might even get to enjoy the live piano music from their mahogany grand piano made in the 1880’s but the pianist usually plays a few nights each week.
My last visit to Matarkjallarinn
I had an awesome lunch at Matarkjallarinn last week and decided that it was definitely a reason enough to write them a few good words! Me & Dan the man decided to reward ourselves with a little Friday treat and went for their “Chef Special” lunch set menu and oh boy was it good. I wanted to shoot a few photos and tell you all about it. I’ll leave you the mouth watering photos below for demonstration!
AMAZING fisherman’s fishsoup with smoked haddock, scallops and shrimps for starter!
Cellar style shrimp cocktail. A perfect “between starter and main course snack”. Wow it was good.
Fish combo of the day! Fresh Icelandic cod with god knows what. Dan went for their Duckleg confit. And by this point we were starting to get a little full …
And the sweet-tooth that I am would never leave such a food feast without having at least two beautifully presented deserts to totally knock myself out! The dessert to the right is Icelandic Skyr with frozen cream, home made ice cream and meringue. It was good but one of my favourite desserts at the Food Cellar is the Lion Bar feast to the left.
It’s a home made “Lion Bar” chocolate bar with caramelized rice krispies and hot salted caramel dressing … wow!
Honestly, I just felt like writing a few words about one of my very favourite restaurants in Reykjavik right now. As I mentioned earlier, the selection of restaurants in Reykjavik is insane and even for a foodie like myself it is hard to keep up with all the new restaurants + bars opening up.
At the moment Matarkjallarinn is one of my #1 recommendations if you are looking for a great fine dining restaurant in Reykjavik. It is of course amazing for dinner but I also love visiting some of the best fancy restaurants in town at lunchtime as you will get the same amazing quality food & service for a lot less 🙂
Here are all the details for the Food Cellar:
Hope you enjoyed the read and are hungry already!
Until next time,
Your main boy.