Wine & Dine guide

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Lo­cated on the main street of beau­ti­ful Tallinn’s Old Town, just 100 m from the Town Hall, the lux­u­ri­ous bou­tique CRU Ho­tel is set in a 15th-cen­tury mer­chant’s house. The ho­tel houses an el­e­gant, yet cozy restau­rant which of­fers a wide se­lec­tion of in­ter­na­tional dishes, spe­cial­iz­ing in French and Es­to­nian cui­sine.

Restau­rant CRU is lo­cated on the ground floor and has a great view on one of the busiest streets of the Old Town. In­spired by the his­tor­i­cal at­mos­phere of the amaz­ing Old Town, Restau­rant CRU aims to strike a bal­ance be­tween clas­sic and mod­ern cui­sine, mak­ing any culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence truly time­less. Its two main rooms have been ren­o­vated to the orig­i­nal plans of the 15th cen­tury build­ing, cre­at­ing an au­then­tic feel­ing of the late Mid­dle Ages.

Even though the Old Town is al­ways flooded by tourists and the restau­rant could care less about the qual­ity, but th­ese guys do care a lot. Su­perb ser­vice, fan­tas­tic food with lo­cal in­gre­di­ents and cre­ativ­ity, an at­mos­phere which could ei­ther be taken as ro­man­tic or for­mal, de­pend­ing on your oc­ca­sion.

The ser­vice is fault­less and Restau­rant CRU serves one of the best Es­to­nian break­fasts in town. The a la carte menu is small but suf­fi­cient, all with some in­ter­est­ing com­bi­na­tion of fla­vors. Most of the goods come from lo­cal farm­ers and have very high qual­ity.

The head chef of the restau­rant Dmitri Haljukov rep­re­sented Es­to­nia in the fi­nals of Bo­cuse d'or (also called the Olympics for Chefs) in Lyon in 2015. CRU'S Chef Pavel Gur­janov was the Chef of the Year in 2013 and re­ceived first place at Baltic Culi­nary Star Cup.

When in Old Town, pay a visit to CRU. Book­ing a table is easy – ei­ther via in­ter­net or by phone +372 6140085. The ad­dress is 8 Viru, Tallinn.

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