The Gallery Restaurant of Hótel Holt at Bergstaðarstræti has for decades been the benchmark of the Icelandic restaurant scene. Conservative but still innovative and exciting. The cuisine has always been firmly rooted in the french tradition of haute cuisine, be it classic, nouvelle or modern.
Currently at the helm of the team of chefs is Friðgeir Ingi Eiríksson who literally grew up in the kitchen (his father is a former head chef of the restaurant and currently the manager of the hotel). After his chef formation in Iceland he worked for years in France mainly at the Michelin starred Domaine de Clairefontaine in the Rhone where he worked is way up to head chef.
His creations are seasonal, refined and always beautifully displayed.
The cooking is first class and the same applies to the service and wine list, which among other things features every classified growth of the Bordeaux. The dining room – well every room at the hotel – is an art gallery containing works by Kjarval and other leading Icelandic 20th century painters. The hotel actually owns the largest private art collection in Iceland which is on constant display around the building.
At the bar you will find every single Malt produced and the after dinner library has a stunning selection of cognacs, armagnacs and other digestives.
It is formal but not suffocatingly so and although it is pricey it is no more expensive than other upper end restaurants in Reykjavík. Actually incredible value for money. The set menu lunch is legendary and will only set you back around 20 dollars at current currencly levels. How is that for value?