The Nordic countries have a strong regional food culture – pure, simple, fresh and seasonal. The New Nordic Cuisine combines new ingredients with more traditional fare, often prepared in new ways.
At ION’s Silfra Restaurant and Northern Lights Bar we subscribe to this philosophy and offer a menu of fresh local ingredients served with a twist and accompanied by an array of beers, liqueurs and spirits from Iceland’s many microbreweries. Silfra restaurant embodies the local flavor and spirit of Iceland, offering seasonal and contemporary dishes with an emphasis on sustainable, farm-fresh ingredients from our close surroundings. Silfra is proud to serve modern nordic cuisine with purity, freshness, simplicity and ethics as a guiding light to represent everything that this part of the world has to offer above other.
The chefs at Silfra also emphasize in what is called “slow food” that can be simplified as food made from the freshest ingredients available that is originated in the neighbourhood of the hotel. The restaurant’s name derives from the Silfra rift in Lake Þingvellir. The rift is the most popular diving site in Iceland, first of all because it the crack between the American and Eurasian continent and secondly because of the magnificent visibility that isn’t anywhere else under those circumstances.
The kitchen is lead by our chefs Hrafnkell Sigríðarson and Sigurður Laufdal.
The beautiful design of the restaurant and the spectacular surroundings compliments the food served at Silfra perfectly. Everything from freshly caught Arctic Char from Þingvallavatn to the really unique icelandic Skyr brûlée will open your eyes to modern icelandic and nordic cuisine. Silfra is open to all, not only the guests at the hotel but to everyone willing to make their way to through the spectacular nature of Iceland. The view on the way is astonishing so remember to enjoy the ride as well as the food at the restaurant.
Chicken liver parfait
grilled bread, tomato jam
Fried pork cheeks
smoked mayo, crispy onion
Traditionally smoked trout
fried bread, créme fraiche
whipped beurre blanc, preserved dulse
Olives, black pepper, lemon, garlic
Starters & Light Courses
Green salad, fried mozzarella, pickled vegetables, roasted seeds, lemon vinaigreete
with fried chicken 2.800 KR
Lump fish roe, sun chokes, chives
Shellfish bisque, shrimps, mussels, langoustine
Moules frites, aioli, tomato, ginger, fried potatoes
Hot smoked arctic char, cucumber, apple, dill
Glazed cod cheek, horseradish coleslaw
Grilled langoustine, Icelandic scallops, radishes, green tomatos
Lamb tartar, Skyr, agelica, grilled bread
Grilled burger, bacon, brie, caramelized onion,
fried potatoes, horseradish dip
Fried chicken burger, bacon, brie, caramelized onion,
fried potatoes, horseradish dip
Braised lamb shank, cauliflower, lamb broth
Glazed pork belly, smoked stock, grilled cabbage
Fried beef cheek, celeriac, oyster mushroom
Fried cod, mussels, mussel stock, dried capers, leek
Braised celeriac, creamed swede, barley, smoked shallot
Onions, smoked, grille & pickled
Fried potatoes, horseradish dip
Mashed potatoes, leek, parsley
Baked carrots, honey, mustard seeds
Sautéed kale, spinach, pine nuts
Fried tomatoes, garlic, grated Ísbúi cheese
Ideal for 2 to share and enjoy.
Please notice that there is not possibility to ask for half a course.
We want to point out that there might be up to 25 minutes wait for the courses.
Steamed ling, salted lemon, dill, rye bread with shellfish stock, fried potates,
spinach, poached egg, lump fish roe
Roasted saddle of lamb, garlic créme, mashed potatoes, baked onions,
carrots and kale with thyme glaze
Cheese & Desserts
mixed cheeses, seed crisp, tomato jam
Fried white cheese
sautéed brie, nuts, honey, grilled bread
Créme fraiche & strawberries
fried fraiche ice cream, fresh Icelandic strawberries,
fried sponge cake, sweet basil
Milk chocolate & peanuts
milk chocolate mousse, peanut caramel, vanilla ice cream
Skyr & birch
Skyr mousse, birch scented sorbet, crisp sweet rye bread, oats
Raspberries & dark chocolate
Raspberry sorbet, fresh raspberries, cocoa meringue, mint & lime gel
Awards & Nominations