A Taste of Iceland’s Wild and Sweet
Laugarvatn’s Lindin Bistro & Restaurant
Lindin Bistro & Restaurant, on the banks of Lake Laugarvatn, stands on a firm foundation of culinary excellence that has attracted patrons from around the world. Owner and head chef, Baldur Öxdal Halldórsson trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York in 1986–1987 and received his chef’s toque at the prestigious Richemont Professional School in Lucerne from 1988–1989, where he learned the fine craft of the pastry chef and the secrets behind a great dessert, as well as food styling and hotel management.
After his training abroad was completed, Baldur began something of a culinary revolution in Reykjavik, working at many of the top hotels and restaurants, creating spectacular and sophisticated desserts that were hitherto unknown in the capital. Always ahead of his game, Chef Halldórsson is in the process of designing a couple of tempting innovative desserts including the classic French macaron with an Icelandic twist: filled with a creamy skyr with blackcurrants.
Chef Halldórsson took over Lindin Restaurant in 2002
which has become known as the ‘Mecca of Icelandic wild game’, priding itself on its year round menu featuring only wild caught fish and seafood, lamb from Baldur’s own farm ‘Lindarbrekka’ in North East Iceland and reindeer that Baldur hunts himself. Exotic dishes like grilled reindeer and cormorant with blueberry-aquavit sauce and arctic char tartare with coconut sauce are featured on the menu.
Passionate about food, the chef insists on the absolute purity and freshness of all his ingredients—not too
difficult a task when you are located in the heart of Iceland´s ´greenhouse belt´ where he can take his pick of the choicest fruits and vegetables grown in the area year round. The restaurant even has its own small kitchen garden providing a fresh supply of rhubarb, chervil and red and blackcurrants.
Taking our coffee and dessert out on the spacious terrace that overlooks the peaceful landscape, the queen of volcanoes, Hekla, appears to rise dramatically from Lake Laugarvatn. The setting was magical, the coffee—the best we’ve tasted in Iceland and the chocolate mousse....was, well...simply divine. In the heart of the Golden Circle
Lindin is located in the village of Laugarvatn, right beside the lovely natural steam baths and pool at Fontana Spa. The 45 minute scenic drive from Reykjavik takes you through enchanting landscapes between Geysir/Gullfoss and Thingvellir, making this an excellent choice for a day’s journey.
Text for text box--Lonely Planet had this to say about Lindin’s legendary chocolate mousse:
“Lindin is the best restaurant for miles, its menu uses local and seasonal ingredients-fresh char from the lake, reindeer, goose and guillemot – and quiet jazz and candlelight create a relaxing atmosphere. Its Belgian dark chocolate mousse, with raspberry purée and watermelon pieces, is allegedly the best in the world – and, having tasted it, we won’t argue!”
Lindin Bistro & Restaurant
Baldur Öxdal Halldórsson: 8989599
Lindarbraut 2, 840 Laugarvatn