From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Ranna puiestee 1, Pärnu
- Phone: +3725059779
- Web: www.hedonspa.com
- Seats: 42
Ode to a national hero
Named after the country’s favorite musicians, Raimond Valgre, a dapper man who died too young in 1949, and who composed some of his most famous songs here in Pärnu, this place was designed to tug at the heartstrings of every Estonian. As a proud native it’s impossible to not be just a bit nostalgic when opening Raimond’s menu and reading the first lines of one of its namesake’s most adored songs; “Soon I will come back to you…” Interestingly, the food is not sentimental, rather, it’s forward-thinking, using classic Nordic ingredients in a refreshingly modern way; a beef tartar gets its saltiness from Baltic herring and its braggadocio from an accompanying bloody mary ketchup; butter fried pike perch flexes its muscles with burnt cauliflower, daikon and a mushroom-cauliflower broth; slow roasted pork belly with mustard-beet sauce is made luxe with truffle powder. But, just as Valgre himself experienced some difficult times, the restaurant’s complicated machinery doesn’t always deliver stability. On a good day, it immediately wins you over, on a bad one it makes you hope Valgres lyrics will come true; “Soon I will come back to you…” This is partly due to the daring local ingredients that Chef Marko Lumera chooses to use, some of which are seemingly better in theory than in practice, all of which are more progressive than anything you’ll find at other Pärnu eateries. Be sure to peruse and try the great selection of local drinks...
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