Põhjaka Mõis

Mäeküla, Paide vald, 72604, Järvamaa

Master level

How we evaluate?
77/32

Põhjaka Mõis

Mäeküla, Paide vald, 72604, Järvamaa

Master level

How we evaluate?
77/32

Well-travelled country cuisine

For the last ten years, the focus has been on serious country food. A restaurant that old could be considered elderly; boredom starts to seep in, fatigue ruins the mood, and all good ideas have already been and gone. Everything that could possibly be done with the local ingredients has been tried. Would this be the time to shut the doors for good?

For most restaurants that would be the case, but not for Põhjaka. Estonia’s most cheerful chef Tõnis Saar has brought along his bag of tricks, and Põhjaka starts its next decade just as enthusiastically as the first one. During low season the restaurant is open twice a month Friday to Sunday, during summer every week Wednesday to Friday.

The dishes look more playful than before. Country flavours got new additions from the city, some are even imported from abroad. The result – new Estonian country cuisine. A well-travelled one. “If you can cook ingredients to make them taste even better, by all means do it. If not, then just let them be, “ is how Tõnis summarises the fresh Põhjaka concept.

Põhjaka still offers drinks from their own distillery, both to drink there and take away. Also, they now have a cheeky selection of wines, that are hard to track down even in the capital. No drink is a stranger for modern country cuisine, as long as it pairs nicely with the food.

When driving from Tallinn to Tartu (or the other way around), it is once again mandatory to stop at Põhjaka if the restaurant is open. A manor full of new flavours are waiting for you, and a few of the old favourites have been kept around as well.

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