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Iceland has to offer a wide range of high quality restaurants, especially in the Reykjavik area. Icelandic dishes are typically categorized as being a part of the Scandinavian cuisine and known for fresh and organic ingredients.
Whether you like your food Italian, French, Asian or Fusion style, you can definitely find a restaurant that suits your preferences.
Taking inspiration from the so-called Nordic wave in cuisine, at Kolabrautin you will find traditional, regionally sourced ingredients, prepared with a distinctively modern twist.
Seating more than 180 people, Kolabrautin is on the fourth floor of Harpa, Reykjavík’s striking new concert and conference hall. Through its magnificent glass façade, designed by Icelandic-Danish artist Ólafur Elíasson, guests also enjoy a fascinating view which adds a magical touch to your evening, along with the enticing a la carte menu and ambitious wine list from the New World. The heart of Kolabrautin is though formed by the kitchen itself and the fiery furnace of its coal oven in the centre.
Befitting its location, Kolabrautin also has one of the city’s best bars.
“The Pearl” is built on top of the hot-water storage tanks, in the outdoor area Öskjuhlíð. The space-ship-like building is very interesting from the architectural point of view with the dome of the Pearl consisting of reflecting glass panels on hollow steel frames. The restaurant rotates a full circle in 2 hours and affords a splendid view over the city, bay and surroundings. The Pearl is a first-class restaurant, famous for it’s superb cuisine. The chefs of the restaurant have won several awards worldwide.
The Pearl is a magnificent structure. Formally opened to the public on 21 June 1991, it combines utility and vision. Hollow steel framing supports the glass dome and walls that link six aluminum-sided tanks, each of which can contain 4 million liters of water averaging 85°C (185°F). As part of The Pearl’s heating system, hot water is pumped through the metal framework in winter, while cold water flows during summer, thereby producing a comfortable year-round environment.
The acoustic challenge posed by the vast open interior of The Pearl was met through specific application of technology and material by Hljod, whose resulting sound design was awarded the prestigious GOLDEN EAR for 1993. Whether vocal or instrumental, Hljods outstanding success affords visitors to The Pearl the best in sound from The Winter Garden to the top of the dome.
The height of the structure is 25.7 metres (84.3 feet). The volume is 20,000 cubic metres (706,300 cubic feet). Total floor space is 3,700 square metres (39,827 square feet). Total floor space of the Winter Garden is 1,000 square metres (10,764 square feet). There are 1,176 window panes. 58 floodlights illuminate the exterior. 105 pole lights illuminate the grounds. Fluorescent lights light up the Viewing Deck. 1,900 lights illuminate the interior. 942 bulbs create the “star heaven” inside the dome. 12 km (7.5 miles) of electric cable and 37 km (23 miles) of sound system cable run through the building.
Nauthóll is situated in the outskirts of Öskjuhlíð, Reykjavik’s downtown nature paradise, overlooking Reykjavik thermal beach and only a 5-minute drive from downtown Reykjavik. The view and setting are more reminiscent of a rural destination restaurant, than a beautifully furnished contemporary bistro. The main restaurant hall can seat up to 100 people but features also a beautiful lounge and bar area.
Nauthóll is led by master chef, Eyþór Rúnarsson, an Icelandic national culinary team member, a part of a new generation of Icelandic chefs, committed to sustainable cuisine.