Whereas green is in the ascendancy on the catwalk, the colour du jour in the culinary world is purple, which is already dominating the menus of quite a number of our chefs. Who can resist the warm goat’s cheese salad with beetroot at Komeet or Kukeke, or the borscht at Moon? And keep an open mind if at some point soon you’re offered purple cauliflower, asparagus or carrots.
The future is organic, and vegetarian food is here to stay. Even at this year’s Olympics for chefs, the 2017 Bocuse d’Or, a vegetarian dish was a mandatory element of the competition. Farm restaurant head chef Dmitri Rooz and his team achieved a very respectable 14th place in the final, which brought together 24 of the world’s brightest culinary lights.High-quality restaurants are becoming increasingly known for the ‘signature’ of their head chef. One of the newcomers in this regard is Mon Repos, a villa that recently reopened in Kadriorg Park, where the head chef’s menu has been created by Vladislav Djatšuk of Tchaikovsky renown. Flavours of yesteryear are back in fashion, and Mon Repos showcases the golden age of Kadriorg: the roots of some of its recipes stretch back centuries.
Fine dining is one of the true business cards of every city, but a food buzz is something that every restaurant-goer wants to experience. That’s why the kind of places where there’s a great atmosphere and friendly and professional service, and needless to say a simple, unpretentious menu, whose keywords are fresh, healthy and ecological, are growing in popularity.
You’ll find a lot of these places concentrated in the suburb of Kalamaja. Telliskivi Street is home to eateries inside and out: it’s here you’ll find Tallinn’s first food street, Depoo, where street food culture from around the world meets authentic Estonian ingredients. Restaurant-quality street food is a growing trend in the culinary world, too.
The cuisine of the Land of the Rising Sun is particularly fashionable right now. You’ll find quite a few authentic Japanese restaurants in Tallinn whose menus boast far more than just sushi: Tokumaru has been joined by Haku, while the latest place making a name for itself is Yui.
We’re very much looking forward to the opening of the newly built Balti Jaam market on 19 May, hoping that it will create a brand new urban space – a dining table for everyone in the city.
Stay tuned – we’ll keep you updated on all the latest food trends in Tallinn!