Von Krahli Aed
For modern Estonian cuisine and chic rustic interiors, Von Krahli Aed in Tallinn’s Old Town is the place to go. The rough-finished walls, stone columns, exposed brickwork and wooden panelling make an evocative backdrop for the gilt mirrors, lush greenery, and plush furniture, the latter of which has almost baroque sensibilities thanks to its rounded, ornate edges. Floor lamps and the odd lamped-chandelier cast a warm glow around the dining areas and heavy floor-to-ceiling drapes muffle the street sounds, adding to the cosiness of the space.
As for the food, it’s creative and playful, while staying true to its Estonian roots. You can try beer bread with cumin butter and sauerkraut from Uus-Kongo farm. Roasted garlic hummus with black pudding chips, braised red cabbage and grilled radicchio. Or the “Estonian Landscape on a Plate”, which serves up a mixture of appetisers, letting you taste your way through local ingredients and inspiration. There are traditional dishes, like fish soup with pike perch, trout, herring roe and quail’s egg. And ones that sound simple, but are anything but – like the dish simply titled “carrot”, which includes a carrot cutlet, carrot and sea buckthorn cream, carrot skewers and beetroot noodles. Or “The Onion”, which features Jerusalem artichoke, roasted onion halves and rowan berry mustard. All the main courses can stay vegetarian, or be made more to carnivorous tastes with the addition of things like organic beef fillet or lamb with rosemary and garlic, depending on the dish.
But make sure to save room because the Chocolate Lava Cake at Von Krahli Aed is a thing of beauty, served with beetroot-raspberry sorbet and beetroot noodles. But for something lighter, the Earl Gray ice cream with black bread cream and rowan berries is a surefire hit, as is the selection of delicious Estonian cheeses.