Icelandic Food with a International Touch
Along the coast of the magical Snaefellsnes Peninsula, many charming fishing villages catch the attention of travellers. Among the more arresting is Ólafsvík and there, nestled beside a trickling brook and overlooking the sea, Restaurant Gilið offers traditional Icelandic food with a creative sophisticated international touch. Fresh fish and Icelandic lamb are the chef’s specialities but here they excel at making every morsel from scratch. This gourmet restaurant in a small village by the sea is open for lunch and dinner, while in the afternoon, a thirsty guest can enjoy a cup of coffee accompanied by some of the tasty pastry they serve there.
The restaurant family owned. Chef Arni Gudjonson and his wife both cook and she serves as headwaiter as well. They opened the restaurant two years ago and have since served food and entertainment in equal measure. They get fresh fish daily directly from the harbour. The chef has lived in California and his cuisine is inspired by the influences he soaked up while staying in that sunny place. Ambitiously, all food here is hand-made even the dough for the bread.
The kitchen is opened at 11 am. A lunch buffet with varied and great choice of dishes and soups is available till 4 pm. Dinner, however, begins at 6 pm and ends at 10 pm. Two course meals are served all day and the daily menu offers a choice between the catch of the day or meat. Accessing ones e-mail over a steaming cup of coffee, while savouring the refreshments is possible since the restaurant offers a free WIFI connection.
Cosy Wooden Cabin
The restaurant is situated in a big, cosy wooden cabin with a huge terrace. It is warm and friendly on the inside but the breathtaking view from the terrace makes it a popular seating area on warm summer days. With its tables for four, it makes for an enjoyable, intimate setting for a delicious meal.