Although not exclusively vegetarian, or vegan, the Von Krahli Aed has many hidden treasures in its menu to gladden the heart of any ‘plant eater’. And most secret of all is a ‘real’ Estonian vegan chef, which, considering I was told there is no word for ‘vegan’ in Estonian, is a very lucky find.
Looks Can Be Deceiving
Superlatives flow easily when describing this wonderful restaurant located in Tallinn’s historic picturesque ‘old town’ tourist area. But the superlatives must wait for the surprises.
From the outside this restaurant looks stylish and perhaps slightly … er … up-market. The menu posted by the entrance promised ‘creamy brocolli soup’ and vegetarian options, so both my wife and I were ‘drawn’ in.
On entry the staff were efficient and perhaps even more stylish that the quirky interior décor. We were presented with beautiful bound English menus which continued the establishment’s strong design theme. Our waitress, Mariliisa – a fluent English speaker, looked and walked like a supermodel.
Well that’s enough scene setting, what about the surprises:
- The restaurant’s heavy design emphasis was not at the expense of comfort, rather it created an amtosphere of relaxed, enjoyable and unhurried dinning
- The staff where helpful, friendly and service focused. But, yes, our waitress Mariliisa had been a model and after travelling the world had come back to her home to live, work and study
- The food was fantastic, almost entirely organic, and at prices that were unbelievably good
Yes, that’s all very good, but what about the food …
OK, OK I’m getting there! I considered the ‘Estonian Cheeses’ option. Mariliisa, however, enthusiastically, but tactfully, recommended the ‘Beet Cutlets’ because, as she said, I could enjoy Estonian Cheeses anywhere – but vegan Beet Cutlets was unique to their chef. I agreed and was delighted I accepted her guidance.
Desserts is stressed spelt backwards
The deserts menu included some vegan options such as The Chocolate Cake with warm cherry sauce and ice cream made from coconut milk.
I went for the Rhubarb Oat Cake and it was a very wise decision, but then anything on the Von Krahl’s menu probably is …
How to find Von Karhali Aed
At the time of writing this entry (July 2011) Von Krahl`s Garden is open
Rataskaevu 8, Tallinn
Telephone: +372 6269088