This lovely place which was a garage before becoming a restaurant is very cozy. Owners and staff are very friendly and the decoration mixes both industrial design and influences from the sea. This place is really worth the drive from the city center: you discover the little town of Hafnafjörður and enjoy a great meal discovering the Icelandic food at Von Mathus between the locals.
The idea to open the restaurant Von mathús comes from the passion and enthusiasm of Einar Hjaltason and Kristjana Þura Berþórsdóttir. VON mathús emphasises on seasonal Icelandic cuisine combined with ingredients that complement each dish perfectly.
Einar Hjaltason is an acclaimed and experienced chef having studied at one of the finest dining establishments in Iceland – Grillið, at Hótel Saga. He also took part in the opening of the Sjávargrillið restaurant and in 2012 he set his sights on England where he facilitated in the opening of a new fine dining restaurant by the name of Dabbous, which subsequently received a Michelin star only eight months after opening. After returning to Iceland he became a head chef at KOL restaurant on Skólavörðustígur where he recently resigned to focus on the opening of VON mathús.
Kristjana Þura, managing partner at VON, is born and raised in Hafnafjörður and has extensive knowledge in this particular field of the service industry, as she has spent the last ten years working in both the restaurant- and the hotel sector.
VON actually means hope and the owners now want to make their mark on the food culture and restaurant flora of the “town in the lava”. They felt that VON was especially appropriate for the mood that is ever present in the port area. As such they place a heavy emphasis on seafood and sea-based ingredients and strive to only ever use the freshest ingredients in their dishes.
The fundamental concept of VON mathús is that there is always a homie atmosphere where personal comfort and professional service are interwoven at all times. Their hope is that this combination of atmosphere and service will make every customer feel comfortable whenever they dine at their establishment.
Tuesday – Saturday: Lunch 11:30 – 14:00 / Evening kitchen 17:30 – 22:00
Sunday: Lunch 11:30 – 14:00 / Evening kitchen 17:30 – 21:00
Happy hour: from 4pm – 6pm
Phone (+354) 583 6000
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