From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Elizabetes iela 19, Riga
- Phone: +371 29 422 446
- Web: restorans.lv
- Seats: 82
Old favorite with new charm
It looked like a disaster waiting to happen when the charismatic chef of Latvia’s very best restaurant suddenly jumped ship after 23 years at its helm, Food enthusiasts all over the country were following Vincent’s fate. Us too. And we continue to do so as an important lesson is being played out in real time. In short, instead of plummeting into neglect, good old Vincent found new elegance and charm. It might indicate stagnation that the restaurant’s décor, with its contrasting tones, timeless classics and modern-ish elements, hasn’t seen the slightest change, but let’s not jump to conclusions. The new chef, Alexander Nasikailov, has been with Vincent’s for eleven years already. He’s added a tasting menu to the repertoire, a five-course extravaganza that isn’t revealed until it unravels in front of the guests’ eyes. Here’s what we’ve seen so far: Nasikailov’s, food is prepared with exclusive, imported ingredients as well as more local products than ever before, from birch sap juice to apples straight out of the chef’s private garden. Most of the dishes get their final touches tableside, adding a bit of drama, flavor and, of course, aroma. Last year, Restaurant Manager and Sommelier Raimonds Tomsons was named best sommelier in Europe and Africa by the International Sommelier Association. Just in time to spruce up Vincent’s wine selection. The list includes a De Venoge Louis XV 1995 champagne and Barriours, a rare dessert wine that can only be bought by the barrel. Previously, there wasn’t much interaction between guests and staff, now Vincent’s waiters relish telling stories about both the food and drink, it creates a much warmer atmosphere. Vincent’s is far more interesting these days, which just goes to show that sometimes it takes a bit of a shake-up to improve things...
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