What is it?
Nestled in the heart of Reykjavík, Jómfrúin is a celebrated smørrebrød (open-face sandwich) establishment that combines locally sourced ingredients with Danish culinary traditions to deliver the city’s most authentic local-dining experience.
In 1996, Jómfrúin was founded by Jakob Jakobsson, the first man to graduate as a “smørrebrødsjomfru” (open sandwich madam) from the world-renowned Ida Davidsen smørrebrød-restaurant in Copenhagen. Jakobsson’s son, Jakob jr, joined the company in 2003 and is now its manager.
Although it is an open-sandwich eatery in the Danish tradition, Jómfrúin is as local as the wind and rain. During its 22 years of existence, the family-run restaurant has attracted a large and loyal following and is now Reykjavík’s most popular lunch venue by far; its 80 seats are occupied by regulars throughout the week, and you can peek through the windows during any given lunchtime and see the dining room packed with guests.
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There is a small square behind the restaurant with outdoor seating, and on Saturday summer afternoons, you can enjoy outdoor jazz concerts on the patio.
The restaurant itself is cosy and casual, and the atmosphere easy and relaxed. The waiters are friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about their work and are not only happy to serve you Danish smørrebrød and a selection of warm Danish and Scandinavian dishes, but also the country’s finest selection of Aquavit snaps and Danish beer.
Smørrebrød is composed of rye sourdough bread, different combinations of seafood, meat, vegetables and condiments, and is typically enjoyed with a cold beer and aquavit snaps.
We recommend the “H.C. Andersen’s Favourite”: Rye bread with crisp bacon, liver paté, port wine aspic, horseradish and parsley. And to complete a true smørrebrød experience a dark beer and at least one Aquavit snaps are, of course, a must.
Should you want to get in the Christmas Spirit, you would do well to order the “Christmas Platter” which includes marinated herring, a shellfish tartalette, smoked duck with beetroot salad, gravlax with mustard dressing, roast pork with red cabbage and apples and a selection of soft cheese.
Make sure you call well in advance to make a reservation.
Price: The smørrebrød costs between 2,250ISK and 3,700ISK
Every day from 11:00 to 22:00
To make reservations call:
+354 55 10 100