Found in the boho neighbourhood of Kalamaja, Sesoon fits right in. Understated and seemingly effortless in terms of style and substance, the restaurant stands out in an area already known for its ever-so-cool offerings. The space is decked out in a palette of neutrals, from the natural wooden floor to the wheat-coloured chair upholstery. It’s at once serene and inviting.
The menu at Sesoon shifts and changes with the seasons, hence the name. But while the specifics of the dishes may alter, the commitment to excellence remains. One of the things Sesoon is known and loved for locally is the unassailable quality of its food for an almost unreasonably good price. Diners come here time and time again to discover what’s new on the menu.
Dishes feature strong local and Scandinavian influences, but the menu overall is open-minded, showcasing ingredients and inspirations from much further afield. There are dishes like hot smoked wild sea trout fillet served with quail egg, radish, potatoes, topped with a bread crumble and garden cress, alongside a refreshing cucumber and dill sauce. Fried chicken at Sesoon is spiked with a verdant hit of coriander and served as a sandwich with homemade cornbread and tomato and avocado cream. There might be fried octopus, given a spicy-sharp kick from chilli, lemon and parsley and cooled down with some green gazpacho. Or maybe pork ribs with fried potatoes, a Turkish bean and onion salad, and plenty of homemade ketchup.
For all the serious attention to detail, and seriously delicious food, the atmosphere and the menu is casual. We’re talking sandwiches, soups, and salads, with some main courses and nibbles to have with wine. But it’s so good, you’d think a sandwich was the new style of haute cuisine.