Good food doesn't have to come at a high price, and these five restaurants in Estonia are proof of that:
NOA, Tallinn — In this restaurant, which offers a magnificent view of the city and the sea, exceptionally fresh fish takes center stage. The cozy room is furnished with natural materials and the full-length windows flood it with light. Seasonal modern menus provide plenty of choices.
Härg, Tallinn — This busy, buzzy, all-day brasserie comes with stone walls, exposed ducting, and striking copper chandeliers. Well-priced modern dishes come with a focus on the chargrill, with steaks taking center stage; the 'Dirty Steak', a ribeye, is cooked directly on the charcoal. The courtyard is a popular spot.
Fellin, Viljandi — Expect a warm welcome at this café-cum-bistro set within a red brick building on the edge of the Old Town. It has something of a bohemian air, courtesy of a tiled bar, a mix of artwork, and a laid-back vibe. Carefully prepared, traditional European dishes burst with freshness and flavor.
Lore Bistroo, Tallinn — This modern bistro sits in a cavernous warehouse overlooking the harbor at Port Noblessner. Steel girders, hoists, and concrete pillars provide the backdrop and an open kitchen adds to the buzz. Assured dishes are designed for sharing and are inspired by the owners' travels.
Mantel ja Korsten, Tallinn — This clapboard house, whose name means 'mantle and chimney', has a real picture-postcard look. A green-tiled fireplace and mantel take center stage in a room furnished with bright, bold designs. Mediterranean-inspired dishes are accompanied by well-chosen wines with an organic and biodynamic bias.
The newest addition to this list is Tuljak, a classic Tallinn dining establishment with a retro look. Their creative cooking is rooted in the Baltics and offers lots of enjoyable contrasts in textures and flavors. The restaurant also occupies a lovely spot, with its terrace providing great sea views.