From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
Alexander Restaurant at Pädaste Manor
- Address: Pädaste Manor, 94716 Muhu Island
- Phone: +372 454 8800
- Web: padaste.ee/cuisine/alexander/
- Seats: 40
The Three Faces of One Restaurant
Juniper trees and windy weather invariably welcome the newcomer to the Muhu island. The weather is the main factor influencing the simple life on the island. The local folk disdains the complex mores of the world beyond. The arrival of the newhead chef of Pädaste Manor, Stefan Berwanger from Frankfurt, was no exception. He tells the tale to the manor’s numerous guests through the degustation menu of the Alexander Restaurant. Over the years, Pädaste Manor has earned a richly deserved reputation as a place for relaxation and self-care in Nordic freshness on a small island exotic in its simplicity. The rooms tend tobe booked out to faraway guests long ahead of time. Something tobearin mind about the restaurant is that it has two faces to show. One for those who overnight atthe manor. The other for those who have come to simply dine. The difference isnotinherent to the restaurant - rather, it rises from the mind of the guest. Fully understanding the manor’s offerings takes a bit of time. Living the local life for at least a day. Alexander serves Nordic Islands’ cuisine. Local catch and local harvest. Earlier on,Alexander was known for luxurious manor food, with the chefs relying on numerous complex techniques. Authentic fine dining. Under Stefan Berwanger, ithas turned to the luxury of pure, simple, honest food. The chef’s attention is focused on choosing the ingredients even more than preparing them. The dish titled Tomatoes consists of miniature tomatoes of different colors and flavors, marinated in pickle brine and served with cucumber slices and cucumber sorbet. The Muhu Lamb is a cut of the sheep carcass kept in the cellar (guests can be served different cuts as a single sheep is prepared at a time) with multicolor roast carrots. The third impression of Alexander is gained by visiting the manor’s winter embassy (since the manor itself is closed in the winter) in Tallinn Old Town. The single communal table seats about twenty guests. The chef serves dishes from ingredients prepared at the manor in the autumn and finishes themin front of the guests...
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