From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Amata region,Zaubes village, Annas
- Phone: +371 64180700
- Web: annashotel.com
- Seats: 26
Far away but really local
The end of the world isn’t far away, it’s located right here in Latvia, in a place called Annas that also features a ten-room design hotel, Spa Vannas, and a restaurant, Kannas. All of them are cozied-up in one little house. Annas turns into the end of the world at summer’s close, when there’s been constant rain or snow for a few days. Follow your navigation device closely when driving here, and don’t under any circumstances turn back, even when the road narrows and you start doubting the GPS, wondering if it hasn’t taken you for a ride in the wrong direction. You’ll get there, it’s just not the most obvious place to find. But it’s worth the effort as Kannas easily rivals some of Riga’s best restaurants. The kitchen is helmed by Chef Dzintars Kristovskis, a new recruit and bearded man with striking tattoos (is that an oxymoron?) who didn’t end up here by chance while losing his way. He’s not exactly a man of many words, but he speaks the language of flavors. Every one of the ten dishes on his short à la carte menu, including the roasted mutton, is made with ingredients from this Red-Riding-Hood region. Of course, the mutton is the most surprising, as all chefs seem to speak in unison about the diminishing availability of local mutton, the meat’s usually of poor quality, coming from unskilled butchers. It’s easy for a small party to try all ten dishes, they’re all winners. Venden mineral water from Gauja National Park is every responsible driver’s drink, but for the non-designated drivers there are local berry wines and beers. And though this might seem like the end of the world, it’s still Europe; the wine list is full of Old World favorites...
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