With a slew of awards to its name, Chedi – found in Tallinn’s Old Town – is unsurprisingly on the dining itineraries of many visitors to Estonia’s capital city. And why not? It’s not often that you encounter Asian fine dining done to this degree in the Baltics. Chedi was, after all, developed with the assistance of London restaurateur Alan Yau (he of Hakkasan fame) and his golden touch. And it shows.
The decor here is sleek and polished, relishing in a moody colour scheme and a plethora of Asian design details, from rice paper screens to beneficent-looking Buddhas. But while obvious care and attention has gone into the visual element of dining here, the menu at Chedi takes it to another level. Diners here can start the meal with a dim sum platter, stuffed with scallop and prawn, before moving on to popular dishes like crispy duck salad with pomelo, pine nuts and shallot, and jasmine tea smoked pork ribs.
The menu at Chedi is concise, but it’s packed with flavour and innovation. And it manages to cover a decent selection of creatures of land and sea, from roasted silver cod with Champagne and Chinese honey to stir-fried Mongolian-style venison. To wash it all down, Chedi offers a top notch wine list that the helpful staff will help diners and imbibers navigate and pair with the meal.