Matur & drykkur - inspiring traditional icelandic cuisine
We take the good old traditional recipes and the best Icelandic ingredients to create fun and tasty food.
MATUR OG DRYKKUR simply means food and drink. It is a quirky eatery located downtown Reykjavík harbour area and shares location with the popular Saga Museum. With Matur og Drykkur, headchef Gísli Matthías Auðunsson is making his debut in the Reykjavík restaurant scene following the success of his restaurant SLIPPURINN. He opened Slippurinn in 2012 to rave reviews on his stomping grounds, the Westman Islands, along with his family.
Matur og Drykkur’s vision is to make Icelanders proud of their cuisine traditions and heritage. The menu draws on extensive research into old manuscripts and recipes carried out by Gísli and his team of chefs. Building on the old traditions they have created tantalizing dishes incorporating all the best and freshest ingredients Iceland has to offer. Handpicked farmers, fishermen and producers provide Matur og Drykkur with the freshest fish, the leanest lamb and locally grown fruit, vegetables and herbs. The end result is an alluring presentation of Icelandic cuisine and local chef talent.
The restaurant has a separate lunch and dinner menu. At lunchtime Matur og Drykkur emphasizes bigger bistro dishes such as traditional halibut soup with mussels and bay leaves, oxtail pie with mashed sunchokes and potatoes as well as the fish of the day, which depends on what is the best and freshest from the local fishermen each day.
In the evening the dinner menu is made up of smaller plates, at very fair prices, so as to allow the guests to enjoy the vide array of dishes and tastes. Choices ranging from dried haddock chips with dulse, double smoked lamb with buttermilk and salted cod croquettes to bigger courses to share like whole roasted rack of lamb and adventurous dishes like cod head cooked in sugarkelp and rich chicken stock.
Delightful desserts such as skyr with whey and blueberries or twisted doughnut with homemade birch-smoked whey caramel are amongst other delicacies on the dessrt menu. The drink program will leave you amazed as the chefs and bartender have play around with different kinds of infusions and freshly made syrups from handpicked herbs to create the delectable drink selection!
"Icelands cuisine is as old as the Icelandic people. The sea and slopes are full of life and rich in herbs that we have put in recipes and cooked for over a thousand years. Have a taste of history; enjoy learning from it. Let the tradition surpise you!"