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I had high expectations as I had read the reviews, but unfortunately the food did not impress. We were a party of four and of all the starters and mains only the Tartar and the Risotto were tasty, Tartar even very good. However Cauliflower tartar...was just a big steamed chunk of cauliflower in a sauce that had no flavour what so ever. The menu was changing while we were there, so maybe we were unlucky. I had seabass for main and the small piece of fish was lacking salt but also all other flavours. Overall food had hardly any taste and I struggled to finish it.More
This place has been hyped up to be one of the best restaurants in Tallinn, unfortunately the service was rather slow and the food was rather average, we enjoyed the atmosphere of the old town, the drinks were exceptional, the refills took a little longer...than expected. Nothing was truly special - average at best.More
I was really struggling between 3 and 2 stars. Let me explain why.
First of all, 4 of us came to the place on Saturday evening. The minutes later we were at our table waiting for the wine cart and the menu. There is no...menu - just the blackboard stating what is available still, so it was brought to us instead. We ordered 5 (out of 8, but one wasn’t available) different starters and 3 different mains (but obviously 4 in total). By that moment we didn’t get the wine cart still and once the waitress took our order - she run away. We had to find her asking to bring the wine cart. Her reaction was quite odd - she said something like “oh, you want some drinks as well?” Odd to say at least.
Our starters arrived 50 minutes later, which is incredibly slow. Would have been fine if someone warned us about it. We were awfully hungry, so 50 minutes felt more like 50 days. As for starters themselves, they were mostly good.
Lamb kidneys were really tasty, with good texture and balance. Crab leg was good enough as well. Whitefish tartar was a bit bland to my liking - some extra spice wouldn’t hurt. Bone marrow was a real letdown. Chefs value it for the taste, but it was barely “readable” due to all those herbs put on top. Last starter was cauliflower - a bit too crispy to my liking, but thanks to the great sauce which came with it, we all liked it.
Mains came late too. But they were all good. Flounder was really tasty, but some vegetables on a side would have made it flawless. Halibut was good. Entrecôte was really good too. We were surprised that no one asked how we prefer it, but it was proper medium-rare, so we were happy.
If I need so sum it up, then it’s surely a place which has potential, but only after decent staff serving the customers is hired. I skipped some facts like different waitresses asking us the same things (which is an indication of no processes), no attention to our drink states etc. Service is bad no matter what angle you look from. But food is mostly good, so with some proper hires the place can become something you want to come back to. Not yet I’m afraid.More
Rado Mitro has taken over Ribe, where the Slovak had been head chef for a number of years. So what does Rado Restarant do that Ribe did not? For a start its a much more relaxed place- lighter and much less formal.
The cooking is...also less fussy, focussing on an uncomplicated depth of flavours rather than fiddly details. Then there are the prices. Drastically cheaper. Make no mistake, this is still delicious fine dining, but the prices are some of the lowest anywhere in the old town. The menu changes every day, depending on what's in the market, but might include deep flavours like cauliflower in a rich and creamy parmesan or the rich taste of the bone marrow starter that could be matched with mussels or gazpacho or neck of lamb. Simple and uncomplicated is not always easy to bring off, but Rado does it beautifully.
The service is, of course friendly, but also the small staff understand what they are doing, laid back, but attentive and knowledgable. Take the recommendations, both for food and wine and enjoy delicious food that is surprisingly light on the pocket.
So, one of the best restaurants in Tallinn but with a light, bistro-like vibe that is accessible, relaxed and affordable. A really enjoyable place and well worth your time and money.More
Date of visit: August 2020
Triiiiinu, Owner at Rado Restoran, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2020
Thank you, James!
We are happy that you enjoyed your night with us once again! See you next time!
Triinu & Rado