From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Uus 31, 10111 Tallinn
- Phone: +372 611 9026
- Web: leibresto.ee/en/
- Seats: 80
Loaves of love
The best indication of an Estonian restaurants’ ambition and level of quality lies in the bread basket, it’s a sure indicator of what’s yet to come. At Leib Resto & Aed they’re not kidding around, even the name suggests they take their bread seriously, leib is the Estonian word for black bread. Although the traditional black rye stuff can be quite dry, Leib’s loaves are the most moist and delicious you’ll ever find. It might come across as a simple place, but it’s all in the details here, and if you don’t pay attention, you might not even notice how great the restaurant actually is. It has not been easy for them to stay within the narrow limits of traditional Estonian cuisine. This is inevitable: the essence of local rustic cooking is humble, maybe even boring, when compared to the temptations and opportunities that the rest of the culinary world offers. Nevertheless, it seems that Leib has found a new source of inspiration in recent years. Among other things, they’ve had the courage to bring current vegetarian trends into their rather traditional, pork-heavy menu that Estonians are so fond of, and they’ve done so not merely to follow the trend. Their carrot tartar is first dehydrated, then brought back to life with vinegar, and served with carrot- and sea buckthorn cream as well as dried buckwheat sprouts. The taste and texture are a revelation. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think it was some exotic fruit, not a plebeian carrot. The drinks menu also deserves special attention, offering the latest in Estonian craft beverages. Leib brews its own beer; not just one kind but several. They also offer homemade aquavit and other infused vodkas. The wine list is equally progressive, that carrot tartar is paired with a biodynamic, Italian orange wine. The atmosphere is somewhat clubby, which makes sense as the premises used to be a Scottish club. Hence the Sean Connery bust that greets guests in the restaurant’s garden. Estonia and Scotland are actually very much alike, even when it comes to food and drinks...
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