Found within the five-star surrounds of Tallinn’s Hotel Telegraaf, Restaurant Tchaikovsky is an award-winning, acclaim-earning restaurant in the capable hands of Bocuse d’Or Europe finalist, Chef de Cuisine Vladislav Djatšuk. The food here is exceptional – a blend of Russian and French haute cuisine – rightly earning the restaurant the position of best in Tallinn, as well as securing it the title of second best in Estonia, according to Flavours of Estonia.
Starters such as Pan Fried Foie Gras with quince and juniper brioche and an almost-regal selection of caviar and blinis jostle for menu space alongside main courses like Roasted Iberico Pork Neck served with secreto confit, chokeberries and beer sauce, and lobster Soup with sugar peas and saffron cream. But for those who don’t have the heart to choose, the six-course tasting menu is a stellar option, especially when paired with a bottle of wine, as recommended by the sommelier, of course.
The dining room itself is quietly lavish, mixing a soft, earthy colour scheme with gilt mirrors and velvet-upholstered seats. Worth making a reservation in advance, this intimate restaurant tends to get booked up, especially on nights where the Salon Trio plays live classical music, including classics by – you guessed it – Tchaikovsky himself.