Published June 21, 2017
Adventurous chef Arnar Heiðar Sævarsson is revolutionising the way we look at traditional Icelandic food. His team at Matur og Drykkur takes the experience of dining in Reykjavík whole new level.
There’s no better way to start the day than with a cup of tea and some light research. Arnar is always on the hunt for new ideas to implement in his kitchen.
Sustainability is paramount. Arnar doesn’t own a car; instead he rides the bus to work every single day.
Breathe in the fresh morning air before diving in.
Fresh fish is delivered every morning at 11:00. Arnar makes sure everything is how it should be.
Only the best for the best: a cup of coffee from Reykjavík Roasters and the day can finally start.
Getting ready early in the day for a busy evening is essential: pick, chop and slice with love and care.
Arnar’s attention to detail is well-known, as is his obsession with fresh ingredients. Carefully selected herbs grow just behind the restaurant. Arnar picks the best every morning in order to use them in the kitchen.
Behind the counter, the music sets the rhythm. The team’s precision is unparalleled as they slide around the kitchen in an organised flow.
Maybe one more centimetre to the left?
Let the games begin. Arnar’s natural affinity for food really shines through in the kitchen.
Two hands are not enough in such a fast-paced environment. Do it quickly, but do it well.
The only things left to do is taste and enjoy.
As the evening comes to an end, Arnar checks that everything is in order before sitting down and enjoying a cold beer. It’s the little things in life…