Monkeys is located at Klapparstígur 28-30 in Hjartagarður. You enter a warm, colorful and exciting environment where guests can enjoy exotic food.

The place is a small courses bar with a large selection of exotic dishes influenced by Peru and Japan. There is a strong emphasis on a good selection of wines by the glass, especially sparkling wines from all over the world, as well as great cocktails.

Nikkei cooking is the name of the cuisine that dominates the food here. It has its origins in the second half of the 19th century, when Japanese immigrants began to settle in Peru to a considerable extent. There, centuries-old cooking techniques from Japan were mixed with Peru’s varied cuisine. Nikkei cooking combines the best of each cuisine, e.g. respect for the raw material and the composition of exotic flavors. Thus, Japanese dishes were admirably linked to the tastes and cooking methods of the indigenous peoples of Peru. This blend incorporates the best of Japan’s elegant and refined food culture, as well as the exquisite fresh ingredients blended with Peruvian spice.

About us

We play with so-called Nikkei cooking, where Japanese cooking traditions mix with Peruvian and a large selection of exciting small dishes that arouse curiosity and tickle the taste buds.

The place is managed by Gunnar Rafn Heiðarsson, restaurant manager, along with Sigurður Borgar Ólafsson and Aron Atli Bergmann Valtýsson.   

The kitchen is managed by Snorri Sigfússon, head chef, along with Eyþór Gylfason and Ólafur Ágúst Petersen.

All desserts are made by Ólöf Ólafsdóttir, pastry chef

The cocktail bar is managed by Jakob Alf Arnarson, head cocktail bartender, along with Martin Starha.

They all have decades of experience in creating an excellent experience for their guests.

Welcome to Monkeys