From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Müürivahe 27b, Tallinn
- Phone: +3725173261
- Web: restaurant.farm
- Seats: 110
Playing with food is serious business
Farm’s curious window display has a way of stopping passersby in their tracks; a party of taxidermied, feral animals having a riotous feast around a rustic dinner table. Who wouldn’t stop for that? But can the food and drink behind such a frivolous storefront be taken seriously? Estonians are considered reserved. Estonia’s culinary heritage could be regarded similarly––it lacks color and taste. When Estonians tell their children not to play with their food they are dead serious about it. Farm thankfully behaves differently, the animal fiesta is perhaps the complete opposite of dead serious, and that’s a good thing. When stepping into this dining room, to the tunes of sober background music, you’re greeted by a slightly over-dramatized interior, and an open kitchen that doesn’t leave room for gimmickry. The restaurant is a brave promoter of new Estonian cuisine, there are no taboos, but there is no playing with food either. The appetizers and soups are particularly successful––even the names reflect the imagination with which the food is prepared. The spiced sprat is offered as an ice pop, cow tail aspic is presented as a warm soup under a cloud of horseradish-spiked sour cream, and the traditional rustic sauerkraut soup leaves you altogether speechless. We have hardly ever seen traditional Estonian food take such bold directions. You should pay close attention to the small Estonian flags on the beverage menu, they represent the local, mostly craft tipples. Rhubarb wine from Allikukivi Wine Manor is a pleasant aperitif, it’s also interesting because its taste evolves as its temperature changes. Good craft drinks are produced in very limited quantities in Estonia, so seize the opportunity to try local berry wines, or if that seems too extreme, a cider or a beer. Estonia’s drinking culture is developing much faster than its cuisine these days...
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