The first edition of the MICHELIN Guide Estonia recognizes the progress made in the Estonian culinary scene over the past few decades. After visits from anonymous inspectors, the Guide selected 31 restaurants across the country, from seaside dining to elegant eateries in Estonia's Second City, Tartu. Two of Tallinn's best restaurants were awarded a prestigious MICHELIN Star.
How do restaurants earn a MICHELIN Star?
All MICHELIN-recommended restaurants are chosen based on the quality of their cooking, so inclusion in the guide is a sign of quality in and of itself. Only the best-of-the-best are awarded MICHELIN Stars.
MICHELIN Inspectors travel the world, visiting restaurants in the Guide's 39 destinations. Worldwide travel is essential, as all Inspectors must judge the food using the same reference points – a MICHELIN Star in Tallinn is the same as a MICHELIN Star in Turin or Trondheim. The decision is not made in isolation; several Inspectors eat at a restaurant under consideration before the team comes to a final decision.
When Inspectors decide whether a restaurant is worthy of a star, they take into consideration the following points:
- The quality of ingredients
- The harmony of flavors
- The mastery of techniques
- The personality of the chef as expressed through their cuisine
- Consistency, both throughout the menu and over repeat visits
A MICHELIN Star is awarded solely for the food on the plate. This means any type of restaurant, formal or informal, specializing in any type of cuisine has the potential to earn a star.
Two Tallinn restaurants earned a coveted MICHELIN Star in the Guide's first-ever Estonian edition. Here's everything you need to know about these two top-notch dining establishments.
180° by Matthias Diether