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.
black pepper, lemon
apple purree, pickled dulse
Chicken liver parfait,
tomato jam, crisp fruit bread
Traditionally smoked trout
herb mayonnaise, grilled bread
Mix of all snacks
pickled red onions, pumpkin seed & kale pesto, apple puree, feta cheese
with chicken 2.700 ISK
with salmon 2.850 ISK
Suede & carrot soup
carrot puree, pickled sunchokes, sunflower seeds
Barley & mushroom burger
brie, caramelized onions, fried potatoes, spiced ketchup
Fried chicken burger
caramelized onions, bacon, brie, fried potatoes,spiced ketchup
bacon, brie, caramelized onions, fried potatoes, spiced ketchup
Grilled langoustines in the shell
clarified herb butter, salad pumpkin seed pesto
1/2 portion (starter) 4.500 ISK
1 portion (light course) 8.000 ISK
Broccoli & cauliflower
cauliflower puree, broccoli stems, cauliflower couscous
mustard egg sauce, pickled mustard seeds, cucumber, crunchy rye bread
apple cider vinegar, poached egg, smoked malto, grilled bread, potato crisp
creamed suede, smoked shallot, pickled cauliflower
Glazed lamb shank
cauliflower puree, pickled cauliflower, grilled scallions, mustard glaze
cabbage salad, sea buckthorn gel, potatoes, onion glaze
Fried crushed potatoes, spicy ketchup
Sautéed tomatoes, garlic, parmesan
Fried and pickled mushrooms, pearl onions, smoked mushroom purée
Sautéed kale and spinach, pine nuts
Potato salad, poached egg, smoked shallots
For children we are happy to make smaller portions of current dishes or adjust to their needs.
Cheese & Desserts
Selection of Icelandic cheeses
tomato jam, seed crisps
Rhubarb, strawberry and oat crumble
vanilla ice cream, fresh Icelandic strawberries
Skyr ice cream
brown sugar meringue, birch and Skyr foam, sorrel granite
lime and mint gel, fresh raspberries, cacao meringue
Awards & Nominations