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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