Laugarvatn’s Lindin Restaurant & Café Bistro
A Taste of Wild and Sweet
Laugarvatn’s Lindin Restaurant & Café Bistro

Lindin Restaurant & Café Bistro, located 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 training as a pastry chef at the prestigious Richemont Professional School in Lucerne from 1988–1989, where he developed his interest in the art of chocolate and learnt the secrets behind a great dessert. 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.

Mecca of Icelandic wild game

Baldur took over Lindin Restaurant in 2002 which is known as the ‘Mecca of Icelandic wild game’, priding itself on its year round menu featuring only wild caught fish and seafood, game and lamb. Exotic dishes like grilled reindeer and cormorant with wild mushroom sauce and arctic char tartare with coconut sauce are featured on the menu. Always ahead of his game, you can be sure of finding new and exciting additions to his dessert menus such as his delectable chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce, with watermelon pieces and white chocolate foam and his bilberry skyr mousse with crow berries and rhubarb.

Only the freshest
Passionate about food, Baldur 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 black currants.

The Verdict
Taking our coffee and dessert out on the spacious terrace overlooking a lush lakeside garden, no less than two famous volcanoes, Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull were both visible on the eastern horizon. The setting was magical, the coffee, among 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, beside the natural steam baths and pool at Fontana Spa. The 45 min scenic drive from Reykjavik takes you through enchanting landscapes between Geysir and Gullfoss and Thingvellir, making this an excellent day trip in one of the most scenic areas of Iceland. Check the opening times on the website.

Lindin Restaurant
Lindarbraut 2 • 840 Laugarvatni
+354 486 1262

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