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“splendid setting; (mostly) excellent food”
Review of Noa Restoran

Noa Restoran
Ranked #23 of 1,015 Restaurants in Tallinn
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 24 July 2014

It is hard to beat sitting on the terrace of Noa on a sunny summer day, looking over the bay to Tallinn. The setting of this restaurant is splendid and comfortable, the young (good looking) service crew is very good and solicitous, the menu concise with dishes divided into three price categories of Euro 6, 12, and 18 and a diverse selection.
And those dishes are (mostly) excellent, but there are a few minor lapses that should not happen at a restaurant of this caliber, such as serving under ripe tomatoes in the organic tomato salad (the accompanying pumpkin pesto was fabulous), using the same sauce (wine and butter) for both pastas, and evoke a déja tasted feeling with dishes as diverse as the smoke fish salad and the pulled pork with fish roe and cucumber.
I did not expect salmon in the smoked fish salad (simply because it is such a ubiquitous offering that I only order that fish now when I know it is wild caught). The yuzu vinaigrette was perfect with the variegated salad ingredients, including wakame (great to see that wonderful Japanese sea vegetable broadly used now). We greatly enjoyed the octopus pasta in a rich wine and butter sauce, the fresh pasta and the baby octopus perfectly cooked. The pulled pork salad brought strands of moist, tender meat and lots of cucumber, the tiny rubies of fish eggs served more as a visual contrast than a gustatory one.
Marvelous again: the banana roasted inside its peel in whiskey, with eucalyptus ice cream - novel and oh so good. After that, a text-book espresso macchiato and a grappa from Fontanafredda made for a lovely coda to the meal.
Food is 4.5 stars, my quibbles come from the fact that this restaurant comes with great advanced praise and accolades, so expectations are high. In any case, highly recommended and worth your excursion to Viimsi beach (the 1A bus stop takes you right to the restaurant, the stop is Merivälja).

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Thank Epices6
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

This has been far the best experience I have had with restaurants in Estonia. Everything was perfect: the food, the service, ambiance (particularly the view). As we were there for a lunch time in July, the place was pretty empty and the service fast. I had gazpacho, beef tartare, and josper banana - small portions but 5+. My friend was happy with "Bonfire pork". I also liked the simple pricing policy with three categories: everything was either 6, 12 or 18 euros.

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Thank hetman
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Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

This place has open not long ago and is very IN at the moment. It's all about the view and people watching. To last one to the point of becoming annoying and making service and food secondary.

Service has lots of room for improvement. Waiters don't know the menu or wine/drinks list. They had no idea if there was any martini in the house. Couldn't advice on any dish. My husband wanted his entrecôte medium rare, the waitress said they didn't have it - either medium or rare. As if it's something you have, not cook to the client's wish. And waiters have serious issues with English - close to non.

The food was delicious though, except for that poor entrecôte. I would recommend beef tartar and pork for the main dish.

Dishes are divided between 3 price ranges: 6, 12 and 18 euro.

And of course if weather permits, have a table outside. It's all romance here. Finally the amazing seafront terrace on the Tallinn dining scene!

It's far from the city center, so you'll need a taxi to get here.

Reservation is a must.

2  Thank Anastassia N
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Very attractive surroundings in this newish nicely appointed restaurant
Great view of the bay (and it helped that it was a beautiful day)
Service and food very good
Child friendly

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Thank Maurice D
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

If you are adventurous enough to try interesting menu and you value a beautiful atmosphere, Noa is the place to go! Located only few meters from the sea, the restaurant has probably the most romantic terrace in Tallinn. The design of the terrace is very smart - different levels guarantee that the beautiful sea and city panorama can be enjoyed equally from the most of the tables. It's a perfect place to enjoy warm summer nights and even though it's a bit out of the city centre it's definitely worth to visit. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful too and thanks to the big windows facing the sea, one won't miss the view even if sitting indoors. The food we had was great, those who love fish will be definitely happy about the variety of fish dishes in the menu. I had the chanterelle pasta, which was absolutely delicious. All my friends were happy with their food too. Since we were with four people we tried all desserts, which were lovely. My personal favourite was "chocolate and berries" - the name sounds like nothing special but the dessert contained pieces of chocolate brownie and pieces of chocolate mixed with cherries, strawberries etc and on top of all that soft and creamy chocolate ice-cream. I strongly recommend :)

Thank Aira75
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