Pikk tn. 35-3, 10133, Tallinn, Estonia
Reg. nr. 10002371
KMKR nr. EE100254471
Õ is a letter unique to the Estonian language. It is so tricky to pronounce that not even every Estonian has mastered it. The islanders of Saaremaa deploy another letter, Ö, in its stead. The difference between the two is exactly as big as that between the cuisine at Ö and all the other Estonian restaurants. Every dish at the Ö is seasoned with Saaremaa’s humour. To avoid losing it in translation, the restaurant has prepared a small, simple written guide to help the restaurant visitor stay on track for the taste journey.
The restaurant only offers a seven-course taste journey, and the only decision left to the guest is whether to opt for the recommended drinks or choose their own.
Those who go for the matching drinks selection will start the taste journey with the Nordic Sour cocktail consisting of whiskey, sea buckthorn and lemon juice. The drink is served alongside amuse bouches – fish skin, potato ball with flowering quince mayonnaise, rye bread with quail liver and fermented beet broth – together with the guide’s explanation, how in Estonian cuisine summer produce, is preserved and used in the winter. In the first dish – smoked fish, marinated tomato, horseradish pearls – the smoked fish is quite scarce. Only a small bream ball covered with rye bread and a smidge of herring. But all this is slathered with plenty of delicious smoked fish foam.
With minimum ingredients, Ö seeks to achieve maximum flavour. The dishes of the taste journey do not wander out of Estonia, but travel all over the country, from the sandy beaches, through the farmyards to the forests. Restaurant Ö currently offers new Estonian cuisine at the most masterful level, and the written guide is an important helper for foreigners to understand everything correctly.