Kaffihusid Gardurinn - Ecstasy's Heart-Garden

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Klapparstigur 37, Reykjavik, Iceland, 101

Small vegetarian eatery with grocery area selling organic foodstuff. Serves tea, coffee, cake, a daily soup, and a dish of the day with option of large or small portion size. Est since 2000. Open Mon-Tue 11:00am-8:30pm, Wed 11:00am-5:00pm, Thu-Fri 11:00am-8:30pm, Sat 12:00pm-5:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Take-out, European, Icelandic

34 Reviews

First Review by Stevie

Cozy and tasty - Edit

This cozy cafe is a perfect spot for lunch in Reykjavik. They offer a fixed menu with 2 choices that vary each day. You can choose between a small or large portion. The day we went they had a soup and a Mexican dish, which could be made vegan. The food was tasty and served quickly. The cappuccino was delicious!

Pros: Friendly service , Fast delivery of food

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excellent - Edit

Are here twice. The food was so good especially the raw cheesecake

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Good food - Edit

Simple, warm and comforting food. The owners are very friendly and know what they are doing.

Pros: Vegan selection , Homely vibes , Good food

Cons: Only two main course choices a day

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Fantastic! - Edit

We visited this restaurant sadly on our last day and it was amazing! Like everyone said before there are 2 items per day, usually a soup and a main meal. You can have them separately or you can do a combo. We went for the combo and the menu on our day was arabic soup which had lentils, coconut milk and vegetables. The main was an almond loaf which came with a side salad, a carrot and apricot stew and peanut sauce on top of the loaf. The flavours were just fantastic, we were blown away. Of course it doesn't feel fair to rate a place after just one visit especially when the menu changes every day but it was just that great!! We didnt try the desserts but there was one shelf of vegan desserts (mostly raw) and one shelf of vegetarian desserts. The people working there were very humble and friendly, we saw lots of locals either eating there or picking up. Great spot for a home cooked meal!!!

Pros: Home cooked meals, Always vegan options and GF options, Friendly staff

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very nice little place - Edit

They have a couple of choices based on the day of the week. So you'd have to like what they are making that day. We had a vegetable soup and a lentil burger, both of which were very good.

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07/03/16 - Edit

Simple, rustic but wholesome food, served by friendly staff.

Only one dish available (available in small or large portion) per day but the traditional ratatouille/stew we had was very nice.

There's a shortage of suitable places to eat in this beautiful city but this is a must.

Pros: Simple, well-cooked food, Relaxed atmosphere

Cons: Limited menu (for some)

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Good find - Edit

Relaxed atmosphere, excellent "cheese"cake. Would recommend if visiting.

Pros: Atmosphere, Service

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Simple Food, Good Lunch Spot - Edit

I really enjoyed my lunch at Kaffihusio Garourinn. There are a couple of items available daily, and the food is simple but tasty. I did a small portion of the entree and soup, which was a vegetable couscous entree with lentil soup. It was served with bread and hummus. The portions, even for the small portion, were good sized. They have some vegan desserts, and the peanut butter cups are great!

The location is quite small; the staff was very nice and helpful.

Pros: Great vegan options, Simple but tasty food, Very nice staff

Cons: Limited Menu

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Nice place for lunch - Edit

We visited the restaurant/coffee house on our trip to Iceland for lunch. We chose the bigger version of one of the lunch choices available (two per day, usually a warm meal or soup). It was fried eggplant plus some other veggies and rice with a small side salad. The food was ok, didn't have any chili even if the dish said it was a chili/spicy-sauce. After finishing the meal the plate was very oily, still you didn't really taste it in the food. I don't remember the price but I think it was around 1900 ISK (~14 euros) for the bigger lunch alternative.

Pros: Always vegan options, Moderate-priced lunch, Semi-healthy

Cons: Not very impressed by the food

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Delicious Food, Small Menu - Edit

This was my favourite place to eat in Reykjavik. The staff were friendly and helpful, it was busy but not crowded (it's only a small room) and the food was outstanding.

The only negative is that there wasn't a lot of choice. There were only two items on the menu, a vegan and a vegetarian option that change daily. I can understand as it was only a small place but it's nice to have variety.

I had a lentil and bean soup, bread with hummus and an amazing snickers cake. So delicious!

Pros: Delicious food, Friendly staff, Relatively inexpensive

Cons: Not enough variety

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Carrots and cream - Edit

We went here the other day for lunch andhad vegan carrotburgers, the texture wasn't anything like a burger , nor ofcourse was the taste, and it was really delicious, very well seasoned. It came with quinoa and some salad. For dessert My vegetarian companion had a nonvegan chocolate pie with a pile of nonvegan cream wich she really liked, I had a little tart that was called a vegan snicker,didn't really taste like snicker allthough (as I can remember) but the combination of peanuts and chocolate is always good so I liked it very wel. It was quite crowded when we got in , with a lot of people waiting for the counter but most of them were there for takeaway, so luckely we managed to get a table, after lunchhours its less crowded.

Pros: Very nice staff, Cozy friendly atmosphere, Healthy but tasty food

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great vegan food available - Edit

Went there for lunch and the daily soup and meal were both vegan. Loved the carrot cocoanut soup and bread with hummus. Would go back again. There is no market in the front like description says on happy cow.

Pros: good food, great proportions

Cons: expensive- but it is Iceland!

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Great food - Edit

The food was excellent. Unfortunately the place closes super early so it took a few tries before I was able to get food here. The food its self is great, but the price for the portions were a bit on the pricey side.

Pros: excellent food, nice staff

Cons: closes early, pricey

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A Sri Chinmoy restaurant in Iceland - Edit

This is a small cafe with a rotating menu with one soup and one entree offered daily - the menu for the week is posted in advance on the door. Some vegan options are available. There are a few vegan sweets and baked goods including a vegan brownie, coffee bite (like a small fudge piece), and snickers treat. It's a very pleasant and peaceful environment particularly if you are familiar with the Sri Chinmoy restaurants(i.e. Silence-Heart-Nest in Fremont Seattle, Annam Brahma in New York or Consciousness Blossoms, Florida).

Pros: Vegan baked goods, Vegan soups/entrees, Friendly staff

Cons: Rotating Menu, Small Selection

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Good food! - Edit

Small, restful restaurant in Reykjavik city center. Daily changing menu and family atmosphere. Tasty healthy food for a reasonable price. As far as I have experienced the menu the food is pretty low in fat.
There is nothing very special about this place though.

Pros: healthy and tasty, daily changing menu, reasonable prices

Cons: nothing exceptional

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Wonderful start to trip - Edit

We arrived in the late afternoon in February and were pleased to be staying just down from here. We have a wonderful warming meal of tomato soup and veg goulash with salad. Reasonably priced by Icelandic standards, and very welcoming. Be aware of the opening hours, it's generally not open in the evening.

Pros: Welcoming staff, Reasonably priced, Cosy

Cons: Not open in evening

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Best Meal in Reykjavík - Edit

For our vegetarian threesome touring in Reykjavík, this restaurant gave our family the best meal of our trip.

Iceland is not a vege- heaven, but this place is an angelic find. Simple menu, but well executed. I wish they had dinner hours.

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Vegan lentil soup/ couscous w veggies n Brownies - Edit

Food was delicious and decor/ambience was nice...staff was friendly n spoke English...definitely would return again
They may not offer vegan main dishes daily so I would call prior to eating there

Pros: vegan options, reasonable price, delicious foods

Cons: closed sundays

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Quiet but so yummy! - Edit

This nice little place has a new soup/main dish menu every day that promotes veggie dishes from all over the world. We went there twice during our short visit and were very happy with both options! The staff is very friendly!

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Worth Checking Out - Edit

Well prepared food, plenty of taste and a nice cafe-buzz.

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Cafe AND health-food store - Edit

This little cafe is lovely plus I believe the health food store next door is also theirs (this store is slightly bigger than the other a few doors down and appears to have more selection, but pricey!).

The staff spoke English well and we had a different vegan option each day. This place is popular so if you towards the end of the day, you may find they have sold out, so don't go at the last minute if you are vegan as the option may be gone =)

We had soup one day and a curry/stew the other- both were lovely. Plus we tried their snickers vegan dessert also- yummy! They have a chiller for desserts and items are clearly labelled vegan/gluten free etc =)

As mentioned, they put up a sign in the window laying out their whole weekly menu, so you can decide what days you like and plan around that which is useful!

Pros: good vegan options, yummy vegan treats, friendly staff

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Great Soup and Bread - Edit

We went for lunch and got the daily soup and bread. The soup was delicious and just what we needed to warm up. The bread was soft and good with hummus or butter.

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Small but perfectly formed - Edit

An excellent small veggie cafe in the city centre. Had a special on each day, which seems to be the only main meal. The curry I had was nice although quite tame. This is usually the case when dealing with a variety of "heat tolerances" i suppose. nice and clean and nice staff too. Would defintely go back. The smallest of the veggie place in town.

Pros: Clean and Friendly, Nice food

Cons: limited choice

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Closed for summer vacation - Edit

Just a tip if anyone else is trying to go here: they are closed until 14 September for a vacation.

If you see a sign for a vegetarian restaurant down the street, that "vegetarian" restaurant serves meat. FYI.

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Cute vegetarian cafe - Edit

Ecstasy's Heart Garden is an all-vegetarian cafe run by the followers of Sri Chinmoy. His followers run vegetarian restaurants all over the world and this was actually one of the better ones I've been to. The food was healthful and tasty. They had multiple vegan options that day and a few vegan desserts. They also had great coffee and soy milk.

Pros: Daily vegan options, Vegan desserts, Good coffee

Cons: Limited vegan options

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Great food, friendly atmosphere - Edit

Visited here in May 2013 and the food was lovely. There is a limited choice on offer - every day there is one soup and one main course in addition to the cakes and coffees served. The list for the week is posted in the window, so if you don't fancy what's on offer that day you can move on without embarassment. And if you're in town for a few days you can choose which day's food you like the look of best, and go on that day! You can have soup, main, or both, each in a large or small serving. The small soup plus main was about right for me, my partner (who generally eats more than I do) found the large portions filled him up. Soup is served with bread and either butter or hummus, and mains come with a vegetable side plus green salad. Some previous reviewers mention a lack of English - we found that all the staff spoke excellent English. The chocolate cake (gluten-free!) was to die for!

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Vegan Desserts - Edit

Yum, this place had a vegan Snickers dessert that was amazing. It seems like the menu changes daily and although we didn't have a chance to eat a full meal here, we sure enjoyed the dessert.

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