Glad EstlanderEstonians tend to be known as serious, even dour people. The restaurant named the Merry Estonian is certainly inviting. Because of its name alone.
Restaurant Glad Estlander
Vanaturu kael 3, Tallinn
Open: Mon–Sun 11–24
Once you have opened the door, you will not only enter the restaurant but another era as well.
The menu here is interesting, but one may still need sound advice to make a decision, since there are a lot of choices.
Glad Estlander is worth going to even when not hungry. The shots of the house (priced at € 3.50) – juniper vodka, sea buckthorn liqueur and Estlander’s apple shot – are prepared on the spot and cannot be found anywhere else.
For a lighter beverage than the shots, take ginger beer (€ 4.90); the kama and ginger buttermilk drink (€ 4) is suitable for those abstaining from alcohol.
Glad Estlander is an appropriate place for fancy dress parties. For example a proper old-time feast. The restaurant also has a special menu consisting of twelve dishes or snacks for such occasions. The price is € 29 per person.
Similarly to the shots of the house, all the food is also prepared on the spot. While theme restaurants often fail to make an effort as regards the quality of the food and buy much of it elsewhere, Glad Estlander is proud to be a restaurant that makes everything themselves.
To describe the creamy crawfish tail soup (€ 6.90), the menu says that the bigger the fish, the thicker the broth. For old Estonians, a soup was good if a spoon stood upright in it. Make sure you test whether it does!
This is what a piece of the best pork chop in a crispy coat (€ 13.80) looks like when brought to the table.
The coating is indeed crispy and the slow-cooked meat under it is extremely tender. Plus a good portion of sauerkraut, marinated pumpkin and ginger-stewed carrot.
Such food will make even the dourest Estonians merry! The prices of entrees range from € 12.50–21.50.
The holiday delicacy of Estonians – a whole oven apple (€ 5.20). An old recipe with tiny additions.
The prices of desserts range from € 4.50–5.20.
Glad Estlander is a good reason to hang the ladle at home up for a moment and remind yourself (or find out) what and how Estonians have eaten in the past.