Every month, we tell you about Reykjavík’s newest restaurants, bars, hangouts, and more. What is hip and happening in and around the city? In this month’s edition: La Primavera, Hnoss, and Dragon Dim Sum in Mathöll Höfði.
La Primavera, one of Reykjavík’s best Italian-Icelandic restaurants, opened on the fourth floor of Harpa Concert Hall! It’s the restaurant’s second location, with the other being located inside The Marshall House at Grandagarður 20. La Primavera was a popular restaurant from 1993 until 2011, famous for their lobster pasta, but then it closed until the new branch at The Marshall House opened in 2019. Expect fresh traditional Italian food prepared with the best Icelandic ingredients. The addition of the restaurant is part of Harpa’s 10-year anniversary.
Hnoss is a new restaurant inside Harpa Concert Hall, run by i.a. Fanney Dóra, who previously worked as head chef at Skál! which received the Bib Gourmand Michelin guide award. The restaurant is open to all Harpa’s guests, and drinks and snacks are on offer before and after shows. Additionally, there is an a la carte menu with pairing wine list. Focusing on local food, vegetable-oriented dishes are mixed with high-quality Icelandic fish and meat. A terrace connects the restaurant to the harbour and downtown areas, making it the perfect location for a short break.
Dragon Dim Sum Mathöll Höfði
With the opening of their new location inside food court Mathöll Höfði, Dragon Dim Sum now has three locations in Iceland, two in Reykjavík and one in Selfoss. Dragon is Iceland’s first dumpling house, owned by seasoned restaurateurs known from Makake and Mat Bar restaurants. They offer Nordic dumplings; a mix between Icelandic ingredients and Asian dim sum passion. Every dumpling is shaped by hand and is bursting with flavour and served with delicious sauces. Try their dumplings with beets and walnuts or Atlantic wolffish and ginger for the Nordic dumpling experience.