Food Fare in Tallinn, Estonia

Every morning, we had breakfast at the Café Rukis situated around the corner from our hotel Vana Wiru in Old Tallinn.

Café Rukis, Tallinn

On the first morning, we enjoyed their Klassikaline Kahe Muna Panniomlett, a very light and fluffy omelette, made for a very hungry patron.

Panniomlett at Rukis Cafe, Tallinn

For dinner, we had another real Estonian dish at the Christmas market: Sauerkraut and pork knuckle. Yes, this is Estonian fare (the Germans occupied the region once).

If you thought that kind of food was too German, have a look at this plate.

The very best dinner, a light one, I had at the restaurant FARM, located in the Hotel Vana Wiru. Listed under appetizer, the dish Kitse Kohupiima Korvike (a goat cheese tart) was the best meal I’ve had in a long time.

Kitse Kohupiima Korvike

 

My last and notable breakfast was these curd cheese cakes served with cream, and berry sauce. This was delicious.  I looked up its name online:

Kohupiimapannkoogid ehk Sornikud Hapukoore Ja Värskete Marjadega

Kohupiimapannkoogid ehk Sornikud Hapukoore Ja Värskete Marjadega

Our last meal in Tallinn was the vegetarian Soup of the Day in a little eatery. This was heavily seasoned with dill and/or lovage.

We enjoyed the Estonian food, and fortunate for us, everyone in the service industry speaks English. 🙂

Lunch Specials at Seoul Restaurant in Oberursel

Some of you might know I love Korean food. If I ever had to choose my Henkersmahlzeit (last meal), it would be Korean.

My favorite Korean restaurant is Seoul Restaurant at Hohemarkstraße 194  in 61440 Oberursel. It serves very good food, is in walking distance, and I find the service excellent. Being Korean style service, the lunch menu usually gets served within ten minutes. Or even less.

Some of the Mittagstisch (lunch specials) prices have gone up from euro 10 to euro 12, but you do get a lot for your money.

My favorite dishes are red and spicy:

Kimsambok (listed as gebr. Kimchi Schweinefleisch),

Yugkejang (listed as: scharf Rindstreifensuppe) and

Kimchijikae (Kimchi Suppe)

Speisekarte Seoul Restaurant 7:2016

The lunch menu was initially only in Korean, but now they’ve added German (which needs improvement), and Chinese.

This photo shows Kimsambok in the foreground and a Fried Rice Omelette with seafood (listed as gebr. Meeresfrüchte), which is the big yellowish dish on the left. All lunches come with side dishes. The photo was taken a while back, since then even the plates have changed.

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Koreans generally do not tip the service staff, but I always do. I used to be a waitress in my younger days, and so I do appreciate their hard work. And they do smile, when they see me.

A Good Reason to Travel

I am not a great cook. I am not a great artist, but I love art, and I love food.

So I am the perfect traveller.

– Michael Palin

The Irish skies

The Irish skies

Of Food and Drink on Malta

One of the first items I researched for my trip to Malta was its local specialties, which listed pastizzi and Kinnie among many other things.

Our hotel, Cavalieri Art Hotel, had pastizzi on the breakfast menu once – these pastries are filled with ricotta cheese, and they were good and filling.

Pastizzi

One of the most popular beverages on Malta is the Kinnie, a lemonade made from tart oranges and savory herbs. It was a bit similar in taste to the Austrian Almdudler we get in German supermarkets.

Kinnie

Purchased a shot glass as a souvenir. While drinking, we can learn the meaning of the eight points of the Maltese Cross. They represent the eight vows the Knights had to observe.

Malta's 8 Points

Significance of the Maltese Cross eight points

Other than that, I had my very first taste of Gin & Tonic on the island. This does not sound very Maltese, but since the island was a British colony until 1964, a gin tonic might be representative for a local drink. My Welsh travel companion had recommended this. 🙂

Craving Ethnic Food – from Oberursel to London

About twice a month, I manage to get away for an extended lunch break. This usually takes me to Seoul Restaurant in Oberursel, where I tend to order the same food, Kimsambok, to take care of my craving for Kimchi.

 Kimsambok at Seoul in Oberursel

Lunch at Seoul Restaurant in Oberursel

Next weekend, I will be in London looking for a good Indian restaurant between the Hammersmith Apollo and our hotel on 44 Glenthorne Road, preferably in walking distance. London is the best place to enjoy Indian food.

On a funny note, I had asked one of my Indian friends for a restaurant recommendation in London and of course, she would not really know. She said, when she wants good Indian food, she eats at her mother’s house :-).

But I managed to get the name of an gastropub with an outdoor terrace upstairs. Hop Poles got reasonable priced drinks and British food. If all works well, we get an Indian dinner somewhere, and then hop to Hop Poles for the outdoor beer experience.

If there are no further recommendations for Indian dining, I will get a recommendation from the London hotel receptionist and take a taxi there. I would not like to leave London without a gourmet experience. I’m spoiled, aren’t I.

* Hop Poles in London http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/44/443/Hop_Poles/Hammersmith

* Good Indian food in Oberursel   http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g663792-d1038150-Reviews-Bella_Italia-Oberursel_Taunus_Hesse.html