Tallinn is THE perfect city for a student. Apartment prices are low, food is cheap and eating out is ridiculously affordable if you know where to go. Even though I’ve settled in Helsinki after living here for about 6 months, I long for some particular dishes from my favorite restaurants in Tallinn.
The pizzas from Pulccinella in the old town. This hidden gem is in the middle of the tourist mayhem, yet you can go and eat a GREAT buffalo mozzarella pizza without getting annoyed by drunken Finns. I mean, LOOK AT THAT PIZZA! It is the best pizza I’ve eaten outside Italy and only for about 10€.
Lendav Taldrik in the hip area of Telliskivi was one of my favorite places to go to eat a family styled meal with my friends. The restaurant offers Indian and Asian fusion dishes to an affordable price(5-10€), and the palak paneer is simply divine. The interior in the restaurant is interesting and industrial, but yet a place where you want to spend the evening and stuff your face with curry’s.
CARPACCIO! WHY CAN’T YOU FIND carpaccio in any restaurant in Helsinki? One of my favorite was from Kolm Sibulat (great place) or a scaled down version for 7€ could be found at Hetk (which is no longer open). Simple, three good ingredients, slob it with evoo and yes, food haven.
Last but definitely not least, Gotsu Koyuho’s Kitchens crispy, sticky, delicious, garlic and chili fried chicken. This is lethal, you WILL be addicted to this. And the kimchi. Sooo good! This gem is a short walk from the old town and only open on weekdays as it is more of a lunch restaurant, but it is always packed. They serve also bibimbap and other authentic Korean dishes. You will get the lunch of your life for 7€.
– 500 g of beef(70%) pork (30%) mince
– 1 tsp of mustard
– 1 tsp of onion powder
– 0,5 tsp of garlic powder
– 0,5 tsp of smokey paprica
– herbsalt and pepper
– 1 egg
I like to use a mix of beef and pork or beef and lamb mince for my burgers as they get juicier. The key to a super juicy burger is to after half of the cooking time put on a lid and let it steam until juicy perfection.
Take out the mince, add spices and the egg and stirr well until all the spices are combined evenly. Let the mince sit in room temperature for 15 minutes before forming four patties and frying them. I made quite thick patties, so they needed about 6-7 minutes per side. I first fried them on both sides in a hot pan until golden, then turned down the heat and put on a lid and let them steam. The result was super duper juicy burger which I topped off with American cheese. Yum!
This cake is absolutely divine, I made it last Saturday for my neighbours when they were over for dinner. The original Swedish recipe you can find HERE!
– 150g of butter
– 1 lemon
– 2 eggs
– 2,5 dl of sugar
– 1 tsp of vanilla sugar
– 1,5 dl of flour
Start with melting the butter. Butter a spring form and put some parchement paper on the bottom of the form. Wash the lemon well, and peel the lemon with a small peeler, then squeeze all the juices out. Combine sugar, vanilla sugar and egg, whisk until a fluffy batter and then add the lemon juice, flour and last the melted butter. Stir well and pour into the spring form and bake for 30-35 minutes in 150 degree oven. Serve with berries and vanilla ice cream, yum!
I found myself craving something with peanut butter (as I have a open jar in the fridge). I pretty much improvised a pancake batter because I was a bit lazy, but here’s an idiot-proof recipe! I melted some dark chocolate in the microwave for a couple of minutes, and topped the pancake with chunky peanutbutter, banana and ice cream and drizzled some chocolate over the whole thing. Omnomnom
So, yesterday we rented bikes, as it is the best and cheapest way to see the city(costs abour 10-20€/24h). Last year we explored the “east” side of the city and now we explored the west and north. So we biked to Camp Nou, for those who doesn’t know, it’s the home stadio of FC Barcelona. It costs 23€ to take a full tour of the stadio, but we choose to just walk around it as you can get in to the area for free. After that, we headed to Park Güell, which is a huge park in the hills, designed by Gaudi. I will warn you, it’s a lot of up-hill biking but such a pretty garden. Some areas are free to walk through but some cost, I think it cost about 7€ to go to all areas. Wear some good walking shoes because the park is huge.
After having a awfull quick lunch, we had a dinner booked at Bardot. We took a “romantic pack” deal with the hotel so it included a dinner at this very restaurant. And oh mi oh my, I’ve never eaten food this good! Like sure, I’ve been to good restaurants but this was soooo spot on!! This was a 7 course menu to share which was nice, but gosh so much food, and it was so good that you didn’t dear to leave anything. So appertizers; crispy patatas bravas filled with aioli and topped off with octopus, foie gras with sweet onions and apple chutney and a tuna tataki with wasabi and soy sauce. As main there was a mushroom and zucchini risotto with a deep fried zucchini flower, filet mignon topped with foie gras and crispy potatoes and the dessert was an ugly chocolate omelette with home made vanilla bean ice cream. Are you salivating? You should, because this was beyond amazing. And the dinner included a glass of cava and house white/red wine. If you are in Barcelona, book a table to Bardot, because it is such an amazing place with amazing food and relaxed atmosphere.