We spent our second day in Iceland exploring and strolling through Reykjavik. We had a walk around the lovely harbour area, so our criteria for choosing a restaurant in the evening were that it should have a harbour view and that it should serve fish.
We set off to the harbour area, looked at the menu outside Hofnin and looked no further! It was a superb stroke of luck, the restaurant was charming, the food was delicious and the views were wonderful. We had a lovely evening there.
You can't miss this restaurant. It is right in the harbour area, painted a strange shade of green and is close to the whale watching ships. It is located in what was once a fishermen's hut, so that adds an element of charm. The views over the habour and towards Mount Esja in the distance are wonderful.
This is a traditional Icelandic restaurant, serving really high quality food made from the freshest ingredients. The menu was extensive, there were a lot of fish dishes including lobster, mussels, trout, plaice and more. If you are not keen on fish, there were a few meat dishes including Icelandic lamb.
The decor inside is quaint, cosy and very homely. It is a little bit old-fashioned in a modern way, if you get my meaning. It is a little rustic also, and much attention was made to the smallest of details. The atmosphere inside was chilled out - as soon as you went in, you instantly felt relaxed and calm.
We got the last free table, so had no choice over where we could sit. Try and get a seat by one of the two huge windows, if you can. That way you get an unsurpassed view as you eat. We did not get to sit by the window, but you do still get to enjoy the views.
My husband chose mussels for his main course. These came with a plate of mouth-watering, home-made chunky fries. The portion of mussels was huge - they looked glorious and the beer sauce over them was delicious. I had wanted a fish dish, but found myself unable to go past the Icelandic lamb. This was very innovatively presented, the flavours were amazing and I loved it. They do not have a children's menu, but instead will cook smaller portions of anything you want from the main menu - a great idea.
The price of our meal was very reasonable also, this is amongst the cheaper options for dining out in Reykjavik, but in no way is the quality of the food sacrificed.
My meal at Hofnin was one of the best I had in Iceland. The place looks unassuming from the outside, inside it is stylish, the food is tasty and innovative without being pretentious and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. This restaurant is excellent value and a must-visit in the city.