The food here takes the form of a journey, it’s an imaginary, gustatory trek, leaping from one flavor to another while weaving a tale in seven- or eleven courses. Before embarking on this adventure, you might want to hear Ö’s story: it dabbled with contemporary food, combining local flavors with Asian accents, gaining recognition and suddenly dropping the exotic influences to concentrate on the purely Estonian. Ö was at the top of its game when harder times hit the restaurant and its top-rating fell. In recent years, however, it has started sharpening its culinary elbows again. Presently, Ö (as well as Kaks Kokka in the same building) is led by Chefs Ranno Paukson and Martin Meikas. Ö is a symbolic name for them, in their local dialect the letter “ö” alludes to islands, they are both from Saare County, Estonia’s largest island. The chefs’ gastro-journey focuses on that particular region’s very characteristic cuisine; elk with horseradish and moss; turnip and black pudding. The best tables in the house let you peek straight into the open kitchen where its baseball cap-wearing crew whips up ever fresher concepts. Ö is a pioneer of modern, Estonian cuisine and an excellent place to explore the country’scutting-edge cooking.
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