From the White Guide Nordic 2018:


Very Fine Level 72
Food rating:29/40Service rating:13/20
Chambre separéeParkingTables outsideWheelchair accessVegetarian dishesAmerican Express
  • Address: Põhjaka mõis, Mäeküla, 72604 Paide vald
  • Phone: +372 526 7795
  • Web:
  • Seats: 60

The discreet charm of the dilapidated

History has not been kind to Põhjaka Manor. From a distance, the lone building in a thicket of trees really doesn’t measure up to standards. Sadly, it doesn’t get any better up close. The house has been renovated just enough to include the bare essentials for operating a restaurant. While manors usually serve very luxurious food, Põhjaka is the exception to that rule. This kitchen prepares very humble and mostly local, country fare. But something curious happens when you eat here, right after the first course has been served, that feeling of gloom and peeling-paint-hopelessness disappears. Over the course of the past seven years, Põhjaka’s culinary ambitions have been cranked up, albeit while the building itself has remained untouched. In the summer, there’s al fresco dining, under a cozy canopy, to the sound of tweeting birds, with farm animals gamboling just beyond, and a kitchen garden a spade’s throw away. Põhjaka is no longer just a roadside attraction; the kitchen now prepares products sold in Estonian supermarkets known for championing sustainable, local food. Põhjaka Distillery makes sea-buckthorn aquavit, rowan ditto and spruce needle vodka, which you can buy on the spot. The restaurant was the first to put goat cheese on the menu, a move that was copied by many others. Several of their dishes have become legendary, such as the Baltic herring and the pâté, the pavlova and the napoleon cake. Sure, it doesn’t really look like a manor, yet it operates like a chateau, offering the same old simple food as they’ve always done, with an easy-going and sincere way of treating all their guests like royalty...

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