From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Valkas iela 7, Riga
- Phone: +371 220 09000
- Web: fermarestorans.lv
- Seats: 70
School house rock
A restaurant located in a building that also houses a culinary school? You know it’s going to be great. Chef Māris Astičs’ Ferma is all stylishly decked out in exquisite dark furniture, geometric wine shelves, black ceiling fans and paintings of plants on the walls. The name speaks for itself, everything is local, straight from the farm. And naturally, when the chef heads a hospitality school on the same premises, technique and execution are not going to be shabby. Latvian tomatoes, venison, herring, beef and that most Latvian heavy-hitter bukstiņputra, a real farmer’s lunch stew of barley and potatoes. That’s just the tip of the gastro-iceberg. Astičs highlights the unique character of each ingredient. Try to experiment with wine: scallops with mashed peas go beautifully with an American Riesling, its lemongrass- and passion fruit aromas are an exquisite match for this dish. And if you’re visiting in the summer, squeeze yourself onto the restaurant’s popular verandah that abuts Viesturdārzs park, it’s like having a picnic, only without the ants...
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