article of the week from the icelandic times
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.
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 crowberries and rhubarb.
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 blackcurrants.
Taking our coffee and dessert out on the spacious terrace overlooking a lush lakeside garden, no less than 2 famous volcanoes, Hekla
were both visible on the eastern horizon. The setting was magical, the coffee, the best we’ve tasted in Iceland and the chocolate mousse....was, well...simply divine.
Lindin is located in the village of Laugarvatn
, right beside the lovely natural steam baths and pool at Fontana Spa
. The 45 minute scenic drive from Reykjavik
takes you through enchanting landscapes between Geysir/Gullfoss
making this an excellent choice for a day trip to in one of the most scenic areas of Iceland.
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