Solla, at Gló Restaurant, is one of the world’s top raw food chefs
Since The Settlement, Iceland‘s culinary traditions have mostly been characterised by the available methods of preservation rather than taste and nourishment – that is up until now. In recent years, vegetarian, raw and generally healthy food has been increasing in both popularity and quality in Iceland. A major catalyst in that process is a woman named Sólveig Eiríksdóttir, one of the world’s top raw-food chefs and owner of the ever-popular Gló restaurant, opposite the Nordica Hotel.
Gló restaurant offers a wide selection of raw food dishes, as well as vegetarian and other healthy foods, all of which are renowned for both their taste and nutritional value. Come by at lunch hour any day of the week and you’ll find the place packed with health fanatics & athletes; hippies & hipsters; politicians & programmers – all of which line up daily to try Gló’s raw food pizza’s, raw food lasagne, their unique salads and whatever dishes Gló offers each day.Decades of Experience
The restaurant’s success is a result of its owner’s tireless effort to introduce healthy eating to Iceland and its visitors. Sólveig, or Solla as she is most commonly known as, has been involved in the health food industry for close to thirty years and during that time has amassed copious amounts of knowledge and experience on the matter. She is a sought after lecturer on the topic and a continual presence on lists of the best raw food chefs in the world. Solla had previously run extremely popular vegetarian restaurants in Reykjavík, but when Solla was introduced to the world of raw food in the mid 90’s she hasn’t looked back. “I’m extremely grateful for having gotten to know raw-food as soon as I did, as it is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It has helped my body to age gracefully, stay free of pests and illnesses, and given me the energy to match the energy of my employees, most of which are much younger than me,” says Solla.Food for Thought
But Solla says that perhaps the greatest encouragement she’s gotten came from a couple who had been having difficulties due the husband’s depression and general lack of health. “After only two months of eating raw food the wife came to me and told me they’d found happiness again and it was as if she’d gotten a new husband. That just goes to show that food doesn’t just affect you physically, also mentally,” says Solla.
Raw food cooking may sound rather limited to those who’ve never tried it, but Solla has found ways of making many of your favourite dishes without ever having to boil or cook out their nutrients. “To tell you the truth I am very fussy about what I eat and I didn’t want to spend my life eating something I didn’t like, just because it was good for me – I wanted it to taste good as well! And as there were really no outside options for this sort of food when I started I simply had to do it on my own,” says Solla.Getting the Most from Your Food
Solla says raw food cooking is all about getting the most from the food you eat and using food which helps your body to stay healthy. “Some people may have some prejudice against raw foodism, but the fact of the matter is that it has been researched by scientists which show its effectiveness. Raw or living foods have natural enzymes, which are critical in building proteins and rebuilding the body, but by cooking the food excessively we lose these enzymes and the body has a harder time processing the food we eat.
But as with everything else in life there is a certain leeway to everything, which is why we offer both pasta and chicken dishes as well as raw food meals. Right now we’re serving around 75% raw food dishes and the rest is of course extremely healthy as well,” says Solla.Gló Restaurant
Engjateigur 19 · 105 Reykjavik
+354 553 1111