Art Priori

analizagonzales.comAesthetic and excellent food together with high-level art and an interior executed in a modern twist of Tallinn’s Gothic architecture describes Art Priori to a tee. The  restaurant has managed to link the old world with the new in a modern way.

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Art Priori is ranked as one of six top restaurants in Estonia. It is not just a place for dining, the place consists of three separate rooms where original art is exhibited. You can enjoy looking at paintings from the past up to todays contemporary art while you savor the excellent menu that the young, dedicated and creative kitchen team prepare for you and savor wine from their diverse colletion.

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Some  of the art exhibited when we were there are from Jüri Mildeberg a self proclaimed hedonist that really enjoys what he is doing. This widely  recognized autodidact artist is best known as an illustrator and designer of children’s books and has won several prize. He has had numerous exhibitions both locally and abroad.

You can also delight in original art pieces from Flemish and German masters while you dine at Art Priori.

For the restaurants picture gallery click HERE

Photo: andershusa.com Left: Mart Klaas Right: Orm Oja
Photo: andershusa.com Left: Mart Klaas 25  Right: Orm Oja 23, picture taken at Tøyengata Bodega

The dedicated head chefs Orm Oja and Mart Klaas are only 23 and 25 years old, but already quite experienced in cooking, the youngest of them Orm has already been cooking in a professional kitchen for 7 years. Living in Norway I was curious about Orms name and if it was a common name in Estonia, he told us that it was not and that his mother got it from the book Kristin Lawransdaughter by Sigrid Undset, no wonder the norse connection.

Left: dish from Pop up restaurant, right: dish from Tallinn Estonia

The Guys tell us that they are inspired by the New Nordic style of cooking and by the east. They combine their new found knowledge with Estonian traditional ingredients to make tasty scrumptous dishes.

 

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Amuse bouche 1- Nasturtium leaves filled with smoked eel, cream cheese and ramson capers

During Estonia’s restaurant week I got to go and visit Art Priori and I must say I was delightfully surprised considering my first encounter with the restaurant.

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Photo: andershusa.com. Amouse bouche 2-Traditional black bread served with inked chicken liver pate and peppered lemon butter

I was invited to Art Prioris pop up event at Tøyengata Bodega in Oslo with Julie and Anders. The restaurants two head chefs  had come to Oslo Norway to present Estonian fine dining at its best.

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Grilled romaine lettuce in a roasted potato consume with sous vide duck egg yolk and tomato.

I have to admit that we were a little disappointed. The dishes that we got served did not resemble the pictures from Art Prioris web page, and the food was decent but not exquisite. From what we understood the menu was the same as the one in Tallinn, but I guess that in an unorganized Bodega kitchen the guys met some challenges. Their working conditions was quite different here from the well organized cooking space that the guys were used to.

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Photo:juliesmatblogg.no Miso soup with sea bass, enoki and ramson dashi

When we got the opportunity to go to Estonia for their restaurant week, we said yes but we were hesitant, needless to say we did not have to worry. The food was fabulous, reminiscing about our evening at Art Priori I can still remember the different layers, texture and taste from the different dishes.

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Oven baked quail, celeriac, broccoli florets and smoked beetroot sauce

The restaurant also boast of a wood fired grill that gives flavor nuances to their dishes and when I took a peek through the kitchen viewing window I recognized a Big Green Egg in their neat and organized kitchen, nothing was out of place. Art Prioris contemporary kitchen is oriented on fresh seasonal produce and their menu is constantly changing, offering the best of what is available during each season.

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Pork belly, crunchy buckwheat sprouts, wood sorrel and calvados sauce

All I can say is that the dinning experience at Art Priori exceeded my expectations and if you ever go to Tallinn this is a must go to place.

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Pickled pumpkin, yoghurt, blood orange and lemon myrtle.

Tallinn in Estonia has a lot to boast about, the city has a lot of history and there are a lot to see.

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Photo: andershusa.com. Coffee treats Reindeer lichen covered in chocolate and crunchy peanuts and woodruff rocks.
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Photo: andershusa.com   Precision plating.
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Julie and Anders

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