Before you go thinking this restaurant is named after, well, the moon, a word to the wise: “Moon” is Estonian for “Poppy”. The latter suits the vibe of this modern Estonian cafe-cum-restaurant much better. Encircled with wood panelling and topped with a white chandelier dripping with teacups, Moon is a warm, quirky space. There are bright pops of colour from the velvet seat cushions, with a petite jewel-coloured flower vase here, an alarm clock there. And week-round there’s the sound of happy munching diners – many of whom are regulars that, like Moon, call the Kalamaja neighbourhood home.
Many a diner here has been drawn by the prospect of Moon’s buckwheat blinis, topped simply but beguilingly with whitefish roe, red onion and sour cream. But the menu here promises much more. There are mushrooms marinated to “Granny’s” recipe. Pike fish cakes served with a luscious dill aioli, quail eggs and freshly pickled cucumbers. Handmade Siberian dumplings. Borscht. It’s all there. For a more pan-European meal, there are dishes like beef fillet (served with a potato waffle, a parmesan and truffle custard, a dollop of onion jam and a rich red wine sauce) and the veggie-friendly chickpea burger. To finish off, Moon offers a delicious array of desserts, but sometimes just a glass of their homemade rowan or black chokeberry schnapps does the trick nicely.