Being a passionate home cook myself I still love to go out to eat once in a while. To experience new flavours, get some inspiration, and spend quality time with my loved ones. I'm not a big fan of takeout. For me enjoying the restaurant's atmosphere and eating food on proper tableware fresh from the kitchen is a big part of the experience. Maybe it's because I really love to cook myself that I have really high standards for eating out. And since I really do spend a lot of time in my kitchen it's really good to get out of there once in a while.
I feel so happy and blessed to live in Tallinn - holy city for vegans - the place with endless opportunities. Today almost every self-respectful restaurant and cafe in Tallinn has some kind of vegan option. You can get literally everything in vegan version - vegan junk food like pizzas with vegan cheese, burgers, pastries... we even have a little raw vegan cafe called Toormoor in the new hip Balti Jaam Market. Of course the situation can be better because there still are places that don't even offer soy milk as an option with coffee, but the general picture is really good compared to other Estonian cities. And I think that every little vegan cafe - or even restaurants - that care enough to put vegan options on their menu should be praised.
Even though I really love Asian food and one of my favourite places to get vegan sushi or don-bowls is Sushi plaza, I must say that my all time favourite full vegan restaurant is Vegan V in the beautiful UNESCO World heritage Old Town. Of course it's the only vegan restaurant that truly lives up to restaurant standards. Many other places may also have amazing food, but this is the place I recommend going if you truly search for a restaurant experience! Even the restaurant itself is a sight to see. But be sure to book a table ahead, because every time I have gone there it's been packed!
We have had a few family birthdays, few dates, a couple of get-together's and I'm dying to still go back! The food there really is amazing. Lately I went there for a Women's Day lunch and had this beautiful Caesar's salad. Being a former Caesar's salad addict I truly must say that this is the best I've ever had (Vegan V recently wanted to remove it from the menu, but I hope this will not come to pass)
The strong second place goes to Noodle Box in Telliskivi. It's the most authentic South-Eastern Asian food I have ever tasted. If you're looking for strong spices and new flavours then this is the place to go! The food is ridiculously good and priced very well. I must admit, since it's so affordable we like to go there quite often - but that's only a good thing! Places like Noodle Box help to dispel the myth that vegan food has to be something expensive and simply consist of a bunch of salad. The interior is of course characteristic of the Telliskivi Creative City - bare and functional if I may say so!
Like I said there are so many amazing vegan restaurants, or restaurants that have vegan options in Tallinn. So it was really hard not to mention them all in one post! I would love to hear some feedback from you guys: Which one is your favourite restaurant and would you like me to make more of those restaurant posts?
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