With the Christmas tree in Austuvollur square fully erect and the smoothing glow of the Christmas lights lighting up the downtown streets, Reykjavik is embracing the Christmas spirit. To mark the occasion, most of the restaurants in the heart of Iceland’s capital city are offering a Christmas menu providing astonishingly beautiful cuisine from almost every corner of the world, living up to Reykjavik’s global reputation of hosting an array of outstanding restaurants.
The Christmas period is fast approaching and now numerous restaurants and bars in the downtown Reykjavik area are all preparing themselves for a busy and eventful festive period, ready to cater for the masses and offer up some Christmas cuisine in celebration.
La Primavera is just one great example of this. It is a favourite with the locals, combining influences of North Italian cooking with local, fresh Icelandic produce. Owned by Leifur, the Chef, and his wife Jonina, the maitre d’, La Primavera is a laid back, yet smart restaurant. The regular all year round menu is simple and surprisingly affordable, always providing the freshest ingredients, and not to mention the best possible fish – or as the world renowned chef and restaurant owner Jamie Oliver once described it, “The most amazing, freshest fish I’ve ever had in my life. It was all so perfectly cooked too. Beautiful.”
The unique Christmas menu with an Italian twist is also simple and surprisingly affordable. It offers a range of fresh homemade dishes from reindeer to ravioli, salmon to spaghetti and langoustine to lamb all served with the freshest vegetables available.
In true spirit of the festivities, the restaurant is also offering some traditional goodies with a good serving of Italian passion, so why not try the succulent breast of turkey with a fruit filling and sage sauce or the saddle of lamb with peaches, chesnuts in cep sauce and celebrate Christmas in style? Then indulge yourself with the restaurant’s beautiful array of delicious desserts such as rhubarb with skyr and mascarpone or chocolate mousse with mango caviar, outstanding.
All in all, the exclusive Christmas menu, the ambience and the completely exclusive Italian wine list has indeed proven La Primavera to be a classic choice in Reykjavik, still understated, still simple and above all still very, very yummy!