Rataskaevu 16 (named after the street) is a restaurant housed in a historic building. I love the rustic feel of the interior. The historical tavern brick wall and wooden floor and furniture yet with a modern touch.
As I was waiting for my food, there was a constant flow of people entering the restaurant. Many had to be turned away, but the waitress recommended similar restaurants nearby; some even made reservations for that evening when they couldn’t get a table for lunch. I highly recommend making a reservation.
The waiters are young, friendly, and bubbly, especially the guy that served me. I ordered a strawberry raspberry lemonade, elk mushroom soup, and buckwheat noodles.
The bread was warm and soft, with a slight crust on the outer edges, not sour like the traditional dark rye bread but mildly sweet. It was the softest dark rye bread I’ve had, and I dare say the best restaurant served rye bread in the Baltics. I could just have bread for lunch.
The strawberry raspberry lemonade was like a fruity virgin mojito.
The Elk mushroom soup was rich and packed with umami. Absolutely divine! The texture of the elk meat is grainy and the taste of the meat is a cross between pork and beef.
Buckwheat noodles was a refreshing dish with fresh salad greens and a light pumpkin puree with rye shavings.
After I paid, I told the waiter that the food was delicious and that I understand why the restaurant is so popular not only amongst locals but also tourists. I don’t usually have the habit of giving tips, but I was so pleased with the entire dining experience, I had to tip!
I recommend this restaurant not just for the warm and friendly service but also for the excellent quality food.
- Mon-Thu 12.00-23.00, Fri-Sat 12.00-24.00, Sun 12.00-23.00
Telephone: +372 642 4025
Address: Rataskaevu 16, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia