Destination Michelin Estonia: plan a culinary trip

Estonia is the first Baltic country with a Michelin restaurant guide

Plan a culinary trip and visit Michelin-recognized restaurants

You don't have to look far for an exquisite taste experience - it's often right here and it's worth getting to know the local flavors closer. Many do not even know that several Estonian restaurants have received recognition from representatives of the exquisite Michelin guide. Often it is the local flavors that can appeal and surprise the most! Lux Express gives you the opportunity to go to places where you can get to know the world of fine tastes, which have been evaluated by world-renowned restaurant critics - we invite you to go to Tallinn, Viljandi and Tartu.

Michelin starred restaurants

Restaurants NOA Chef's Hall and 180° by Matthias Diether were recognized with one Michelin star.

180° restaurant

Restaurant 180° offers a high-class culinary experience in Noblessner harbor in Tallinn. With an open kitchen and a unique tasting menu, it's the perfect place to enjoy food and discover new flavors. In the 180° restaurant, a 6-course menu is served at a communal table for 10 people, during which you can see the entire cooking process up close. At individual tables, you can choose between a 4-6 course menu. Regarding this restaurant, the Michelin evaluators said that the chef's modern creations show both taste and texture contrasts and pay great attention to details. In addition, reviewers say the service is warm and engaging and helps create a relaxed atmosphere.

NOA Chef's Hall

The NOA Chef's Hall restaurant is also located in Tallinn. About this restaurant, reviewers said that the open kitchen is the heart of the restaurant and the open fire is used to great effect. Luxury ingredients are a priority and sourced from all over the world, whichever is best. The creative 7-course menu prepared by chefs Roman Sidorov and Tõnis Siigur keeps customers captivated from start to finish with its complex and highly original dishes, full of complementary flavors and layers of textures.

Bib Gourmand awarded restaurants

For gourmets, the restaurants with the best value for money are the most popular. Five restaurants from Estonia received this recognition.

NOA

NOA restaurant located in Tallinn has a great sea and city view and a cozy interior, according to evaluators. The restaurant focuses on exceptionally fresh fish, but the whole modern menu is very rich.

Härg

Restaurant Härg, located in the historic Maakri quarter in the heart of Tallinn's city center, offers high-quality steaks, meat cooked at low heat, delicious grilled dishes and healthy salads, freshly squeezed juices and smoothies. Of course, the best wines and other drinks are also important, the Härg restaurant's wine list is especially wide. Härg uses only very high-quality raw materials from the best farms in the preparation of its meals. There is a lot of emphasis on real fire - many dishes are grilled directly over the coals and some inside the coals. In addition to excellent cuisine and the best food, the cozy atmosphere, good music and really stylish modern interior in a historic building create a great atmosphere in the restaurant.

Reviewers of this restaurant said it was a place with a nice buzz, with stone walls exposed pipes and striking copper chandeliers. According to reviewers, it has modern food at a good price, with steaks at the center.

Fellin

While all the aforementioned restaurants are located in Tallinn, Fellin restaurant is located in Viljandi instead. Fellini's cafe-bistro is a bohemian place with a warm welcome, thanks to its tiled bar, artwork and laid-back atmosphere, according to Michelin reviewers. Carefully prepared traditional European dishes bursting with freshness and taste.

Lore Bistro

Lore Bistro is a modern Tallinn bistro located in an old warehouse overlooking Noblessner Harbour. According to the Michelin reviewers, steel beams, hoists and concrete columns provide an interesting background in the bistro, and the open kitchen adds buzz. Certain dishes on the menu are meant to be shared and are inspired by the owners' travels.

Mantel ja Korsten

Restaurant Mantel ja Korsten is also located in Tallinn. According to evaluators, the clapboard house nestling in Kadriorg has the appearance of a genuine picture postcard. Decorated in bright and bold designs, the space features a green-tiled fireplace as the centerpiece. Mediterranean-inspired dishes are accompanied by well-selected organic and biodynamic wines.

Restaurants awarded with a Michelin green star

Two restaurants from Estonia received the green star recognition, which means that their commitment to the art of food preparation is sustainable. These restaurants are Põhjaka manor and Fotografiska.

Põhjaka manor

Põhjaka manor is located in Järva County is a food place that uses local ingredients and follows the principles of national cuisine, offering affordable, simple and tasty dishes. Both passers-by and groups traveling on the Tallinn-Tartu road are welcome to the restaurant. The house has seating for 60 people and it is possible to hold birthdays, weddings, company events and seminars-conferences there. Since the meals offered by Põhjaka manor depend only on seasonality, they always prepare a personal offer for each enquirer.

Fotografiska

Fotografiska is not just a restaurant - it is an international photography museum located in Tallinn, where world-class photographic art, honest and delicious food and an open mind meet. The Fotografiska team stands for always offering good and sustainable food according to the season. The creative food and beverage team always strives to find that something that creates taste sensations on every plate and in every glass, without worrying about the footprint of that pleasure.

According to the evaluators, both places are real sources of inspiration - both their location, efforts to reduce the restaurant's ecological footprint, recycling food waste, growing vegetables and herbs themselves, and educating guests towards a more environmentally friendly way of thinking.

Other restaurants recognized by MICHELIN in Estonia

In addition to the aforementioned restaurants, Michelin Guide Estonia highlighted the following restaurants: Puri, R14, Gianni, Tchaikovsky, Cru, Horisont, Moon, Tuljak, Pull, Fii, Hõlm, Wicca, Ruhe, Lee, Rado, Mon Repos, Paju Villa, SMAK, 38 , Joyce, Lahepere Villa and Mere 38.

In summary

To get a great taste experience, it is definitely worth planning a culinary trip to domestic restaurants rated by Michelin. If you don't live in Tallinn, it's worth traveling to the capital with Lux Express, as most Michelin-recognized restaurants are located there. However, if you have already visited Tallinn's restaurants, you can now travel with Lux Express to, for example, Viljandi to visit the cafe-bistro Fellin. Apart from Tallinn and Viljandi, you can find other restaurants featured by Michelin in other locations. Discover the different tastes of the homeland and take a culinary trip!

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