A funky name for a funky place. Ö comes from the same stable as fancy, achingly minimalist Bocca – it’s owned by the same Wallpaper*-magazine obsessed entrepreneurs who made the modish Italian restaurant such a success with fashion-conscious corporate entertainers as well as the fast crowd in Tallinn.
Named after a Swedish island, Ö is based in the ultra-trendy post-industrial strip on Mere, formerly the site of the Rotermaani factory complex and only a few minutes’ walk from the old town. The interior looks for a softer-edged, more decadent modernism than its sister – steel girders and stone are offset by low lighting and 20-foot drapes that hang, harem-style, across the doorway and the middle of the restaurant. The walls are enlivened by Old Master nudes printed on transparent glass, while the waitresses dress in Prada black.
Ö offers two menus: a full sushi list and a more regular, ‘world food’ menu – although most dishes lean towards French classics with a Japanese twist. Your food arrives in delicately arranged portions – small, though filling, and extremely tasty. Delicious olive and walnut breads are served with oil in little pewter jugs. A menu dégustation allows you to sample several of Ö’s more inventive dishes, should you be unable to choose just one.