More than Just Pelmeni

We have been eagerly waiting for the moment we can finally recommend a restaurant in one of Estonia’s many shopping malls. With the opening of the T1 Mall of Tallinn, the long wait has paid off: one of its many – 32 – eateries is head and shoulders above the rest. It is the Pelm. The spacious restaurant entices with a minimalist, yet well-organised space dominated by wooden surfaces, black-tinted metal and lush plants. The first look at the menu gives rise to certain doubts: could this noticeable length hint at the victory of quantity over quality? We decide for the pelmeni (but of course!) and the doubt is quickly dispersed. The handmade pelmeni are boiled just right, till they melt in the mouth. On later visits, we have tried the grilled meat, Russian-style duck and Uzbek pilaf… So far, so good – everything has been well made and delicious. The best drink option is Pelm’s house beer, specially brewed by Raasiku craft brewery.