By | February 28 2016
Honored with numerous awards and chosen by Time Magazine as one of the World's 100 Greatest Places, the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland unlocks luxurious new dimensions of wellbeing. Encompassing a subterranean spa carved into the volcanic earth, a 62-suite hotel encircled by the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon, a restaurant that reinvents Iceland's culinary traditions, and an otherworldly landscape teeming with geothermal phenomena, this sanctuary of serenity is a place where guests can unwind the clock of modern life and enter a timeless realm of relaxation, rejuvenation, and exploration.
The Retreat’s signature dining establishment—Moss Restaurant—is one of the defining hallmarks of the Retreat journey, bringing forth a revelation of sensational tastes created from Iceland’s endless bounty of nourishment.
The restaurant’s design, architecture, and artwork are calibrated to bring interior and exterior together, highlighting the ever-shifting tones and colors of the moss-covered horizon while evoking the interconnectedness of man and nature. Recommended by the 2019 Michelin Guide, Moss occupies the highest point at Blue Lagoon Iceland, offering stunning views of the surrounding terrain—a marvelous volcanic vista that transforms with the weather and the light.
The ingredients for an unforgettable experience
Seated at a table in Moss Restaurant, looking out at the breathtaking frontier, guests can travel the island by way of the culinary creations that emerge from the kitchen. With 5- and 7-course set menus that move effortlessly from the mountains to the farmlands to the rivers to the oceans—transforming seasonal treasures into unforgettable gourmet experiences—each dish opens the door to the living heritage and diverse delights of Icelandic cuisine.
The Moss dining experience is not tethered to the notion of a master chef. Rather, it was created by a team of chefs who have mastered both their craft and the sourcing that gives it life. Each member of the team brings their own individual wisdom and awareness of where and when regional ingredients are the freshest, purest, and most desirable. Their suppliers might be childhood friends or familial relations. But all of them speak the same language—the language of passion for both the land and its abundant fertility. And the ingredients they provide are often rare, reaching their flavorful zenith for just a few weeks out of the year. Examples include scallops hand-caught by a diver in the west of Iceland and reindeer sourced by a hunter from Eskifjörður in the east. Beacons of purity that reach deep into the country’s history, these ingredients are reborn as the catalysts for culinary reinvention.
Complementing and completing the savory potential of each course, wine pairings are a sublime element of the Moss experience—an ongoing work of art embodying the harmonic interplay of the chefs team and the sommeliers.
Anchored by Old World wines from France’s celebrated wine growing regions—with a focus on Bordeaux and Burgundy—as well as selections from the storied vineyards of Italy, Spain, and Germany, the classic heritage of the Moss wine list is enhanced by wines from some of the preeminent New World wine producers of the Americas and Australia.
The Wine Cellar
Built three meters deep in the earth, the restaurant’s extraordinary wine cellar is a cavern of multi-hued lava that erupted in the year 1226. Its striking colors evoke sensations of cave paintings, but its walls—lined with vintages from all over the world—were painted by the volcanic hand of nature. Occupying the deepest point at Blue Lagoon Iceland, the cellar, with its spellbinding geology, is the site of daily tasting events. Catering to every level of wine enthusiast, from novices to experts, these special gatherings cover topics such as “Introduction to Wine,” “Tour of Europe,” and “Treasures of our Cellar.”
An unparalleled culinary journey
From organic design, to mesmerizing views, to pristine sourcing, to the fearlessly creative team of chefs, to the subterranean wine cellar, the restaurant brings forth an unparalleled culinary journey. It is a feast for all the senses—an exuberant gourmet experience born of authenticity, inspiration, freshness, and the relentless desire to push the boundaries of Icelandic cooking.
Telephone: + 354 420 8700
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