Cafe Lyon Viru, Estonia (Tallinn Restaurant Week)
It has become a tradition to participate on TRW and I love these evenings i don't have to cook at home :) Last year we had the oportunity to have dinner on all the seven nights, this year we had five dinners during TRW.
Besides that i enjoy eating out, this event has become a good way to discover new restaurants and the selection from menu is already done or created a special menu for TRW.
This years start was at Lyon. It has a good reputation, but because it's located at the city center, i don't get there often. And we decided to take a 45 minute walk from home. No bus, no car.
I have to say right now, that i was surprised at the end of our dinner.
Chef at Viru Lyon is Jürgen Lip.
It was a dark almost winter night, small candles on tables, smooth music and the best company i could ask. I was expecting the restaurant to be full, or at least become soon, but it didn't happen. There was just a few more partys. Maybe because it was the first night of TRW and it was tuesday.
Our waiter was a prentice and was perfectly fine. She described the dishes accurately, had good recommendations for smoothies and answered our questions ;)
There's a good selection of different smoothies, that all envite to try out them.
- Cuisses de grenouilles - Crispy frog legs in Cheddar sauce
- Pouple - Octopus with spinach, broccoli, pickled onion, Parmesan and ginger yoghurt
- Delice glacee au chocolat & au fromage de chevre - Frozen chocolate and goat cheese delight with cream coffee flavoured apples
These frog legs were nicely crispy, the sauce was spot on. And there was just enough of them.
The main dish with octopus. There are only a few restaurants that serve octopus in Tallinn and Lyon is definetly one where you should have it. Tentacles were grilled perfect, broccoli was fresh, and the pickled onion - i would have loved to have more of these. So good.
Third course was the dessert. It was sweet, fusible, crisp, icy, different in taste. And full of surprises. Under the overlay were apples that were mildly flavoured with coffee.
This dinner was such a surprise with it's flavours, combinations, execution, service and spirits.
Tallinn Restaurant Week takes place every year on the first week of November. Information about participating restaurants, menus and prices (2 options for lunch (10 or 15 eur) and dinner (20 or 30 eur)) you will find on their Facebook page and TRW homepage. Booking starts a week earlier and is done through TRW page. Otherwise you have a regular dinner from menu.