From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
Mantel ja Korsten
- Address: Poska 19a, 10126 Tallinn
- Phone: +3726659555
- Seats: 40
A Restaurant with a Mantle Chimney
A small green wooden house in the green Kadriorg district houses the Mantel ja Korsten, a restaurant with an unexpected name. In the Middle Ages, chimneys that covered the entire fireplace or even kitchen, then tapered off to a regular smokestack at the ceiling, were a frequent occurrence. Nowadays, few remain. One such chimney graces the restaurant Mantel ja Korsten and gives the eatery its name. Here, ithas been turned into a small dining room. Apart from the lesson in medieval architecture, the Mantel and Korsten entices with a rare skill in making very, very good simple food. Inspired by ravioli, the open raviolo resembles a plate-sized torn-open Italian dumpling, with filling - chopped spiced snow crab - spilling out, accompanied with a huge ladleful of sweetly foaming corn sauce. This is the signature cuisine of Head Chef Jüri Vainküla. Prominent in his cooking are homemade pasta, fresh tartares and uncommon ingredients: swordfish, goose breast, thymus... But make sure to leave the choice of drinks upto the restaurant. This might result in, among other things, a G&T flavored with pureed blackcurrants. As for wine, ask for “something interesting”. This lights up the imagination of the manager and sommelier Robert Põld. For us, he came up with a bottle of Granbazan Limousin Albarino aged in a newoak barrel, and a local Atla manor apple brandy for digestif. The flavors at Mantel jaKorsten are well complemented by a long walk in the Kadriorg Park in the immediate vicinity...
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