Leib Restaurant Tallinn Reviews
Leib it to eater Jun 22, 2016
At first, an unusual place. The entrance is a worn down gate off of a back street in Tallinn, so not too inviting. Passing through the gate, however, immediately shifts one’s impression to enchantment. You enter into an expansive courtyard which feels like a secret garden because it is enclosed by towering walls of old stone buildings, and a tower too. This patch is nicely landscaped and littered with interesting sculptures (including, for reasons unknown, a bust of Sean Connery!).
A brick walkway marks the only route of travel among the greenery, and following the path leads to a lovely dining experience. Leib offers outdoor seating on two levels within the courtyard. This al fresco space is tastefully decorated, instantly alerting you this will be a great experience. The outdoor seating adjoins a fairly large building, which revealed a number of more formal dining areas when I entered to use the facilities (and snooped around a bit). I suspect there is a second entrance from a different street for folks dining inside?
Enough of the setting, on to the food! The menu is rooted in Estonian cuisine with liberal application of artistic license. It warmed my heart to see the menu suggesting pairings of entrees with beer, rather than wine. Laura ordered a glass of wine, but I went ahead with a Kolk beer since it was the recommendation to accompany their sturgeon filet, which I was intent on ordering for a main course. Laura ordered smoked trout with buttered potatoes and celeriac remoulade.
Once again we were disappointed with the complimentary bread (see Mekk review) – this was also too salty for our taste. But any grievances stopped there, because the balance was pure heaven. I had never sampled sturgeon and it was a marvelous introduction. Words do not exist to describe how yummy the fare was, but everything was delicious, expertly prepared and wonderfully presented (from both visual and wait staff perspectives).
We concluded a brilliant feast with a cheese board for dessert. Highly recommended for a superior meal in Tallinn (or anywhere on the planet, for that matter).
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