Best brunch: The wondrous world of Hverfisgata 12

The brunch taster menu: a mouth-watering selection that includes smoked …

The brunch taster menu: a mouth-watering selection that includes smoked salmon, a fried egg, crispy bacon, sourmilk with granola and home made bread. Anna Björnsson

Anna Margrét Björnsson
Anna Margrét Björnsson

The place that brought you the best pizzas and cocktails in town, hipper-than-thou restaurant Hverfisgata 12, now offers a stunning brunch menu on weekends. 

Hverfisgata 12, located, aptly, at Hverfisgata right in the city centre, is also known as the nameless pizza place on Hverfisgata and opened just over a year ago. The owners are the same as successful Kex Hostel and award-winning Dill restaurant, recently voted Iceland's finest restaurant on the White Guide for 2016.  

Brunch at Hverfisgata 12 makes for a cosy affair, as the restaurant is situated over the space of three different floors in a charming town house, where each room serves as part of the venue. The laid-back atmosphere feels a bit like you're popping over for brunch at a friend's house, albeit a very eccentric friend who loves obscure drawings of satyrian figures and hanging reindeer heads on the walls. 

I had until now considered the restaurant a fairly grown-up sort of place, with their ambitious take on pizza, eclectic style and their famously fancy cocktails. This time round I was accompanied by two grown-ups and two younger guests, aged 4 and 14. Needless to say the magical atmosphere of the venue enchanted everyone. The smallest ordered sourmilk with granola, a most successful offering, which she described as "fluffy." The teenager went for the grown-up choice of smoked salmon and freshly baked flatbread, a meal she found "absolutely delicious."

The grown-ups, feeling adventurous,  tried the brunch taster menu which as you might guess, offers a taste of a few of the brunch dishes on offer. When our meal arrived we were in awe of the presentation. A huge plate; complete with two skillets, one including a beautiful fried egg, the other, a fragrant tomato-basil concoction with crispy bacon; sourmilk, smoked salmon, home-made bread and flatbread and scrambled eggs. 

All of this was utterly delicious, and fun to eat, and a combination that made for the perfect complete breakfast, accompanied by the fresh juice concoctions of the house and a round of heart-warming Lattes. All of this deliciousness didn't come with the greasy brunch afterfeel either, it all felt and tasted really healthy.

Also on the menu I noted salad options, side of pork, Icelandic style pancakes and croissants with jam. 

Hverfisgata 12 comes like a fresh breeze into the aspiring world of Reykjavik's brunches with a rustic, laid back style perfect either for your hangover yupster brunch get together with friends or a small family gathering for all ages. 

Hverfisgata 12 is open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. For further information and bookings click HERE. 

The brunch menu at Hverfisgata 12.

The brunch menu at Hverfisgata 12. Anna Björnsson




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