How is it possible that it is Thursday again? The time is flying so fast and I cannot believe that in few days I will stop working and move to Netherlands. I am super exited, but I have so much to do that it almost seems impossible to do everything before going. But instead of stressing about everything, let`s enjoy another TBT and go back to Tallinn once again. I have one must go restaurant there, and I don`t want anyone to miss it, so today I am taking you back to amazing (perhaps also iconic?) F-hoone restaurant.
The past years in Tallinn there has been a lot renovation going on around the city, and many old factories and other buildings have been transformed into super trendy restaurants, shops, art galleries and another kind of cool places. One of these areas is Kalamaja area in Tallinn, which has now been popular already for a few years. It is filled with small restaurants, trendy hotels, cafeterias, shops, events and everything between. I remember that area very well from the past, as my grandfather was working on that area for many years in a sock factory. I have also spent numerous food shopping trips there with my grandparents, as one popular food market was located there. So for me, it is truly amazing to see, how the area is changed, and get a new life.
Between Kalmaja district, city centre and Pelgulinn there is probably one of the most popular new area called Telliskivi Loomelinnak. There you can find studios of local designers, small shops, pop up -shops, restaurants, bakeries, outdoor flea -market in the summer and a lot more. And here, in Telliskivi there is “iconic” F-hoone restaurant. The restaurant has been super popular ever since it was opened among locals and tourists. I visit this restaurant every time I am in Tallinn, as the quality-price combination is best in town. At least in my opinion. The menu changes often enough, and every time there is an amazing option made from local, fresh ingredients. And now few examples of what have we been eating there.
The starter plates for two are just amazing. This one in the upper picture is from last summer, and this year it was totally different.
The selection of bruschettas is AMAZINGLY delicious. Last year it looked like in the picture above, and this summer it has been with green olive tapenade, roasted aubergine, walnut cream and coriander, roast beef and creamed porcine mushrooms and bell pepper and goat cheese.
I like how they follow also “trends” and last summer they offered naked furgers, so burgers without the bread. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that many were avoiding carbs that time, so it was a nice option for those. And I have to say, it was fulfilling enough even without the bread.
This is the started plate from this summer. I felt it was more build around cheese this time, and even though it is planned for two, it was just enough for three also.
Vegetarian options are good in F-hoone, and I have to say this quinoa salad with falafels has been one of my favourite dishes I have tasted this summer.
Last year furger (F-hoone burger) was served with this amazing “white” bread, and last time I visited it was served with dark bread.
They have a selection of foods made in grill also, and the grill is actually located outside in a small separated building. Which by the way has nice architecture also? Try example Chicken shashlik, it is amazing!
You can also go to F-hoone for drinks, breakfast, cafe and cake or for lunch/dinner with a bigger group. Just try to remember, that this restaurant really is one of the most popular once in Tallinn, so if you go there example Saturday lunchtime, you may have to wait for some time. And the price level is really something I keep wondering every time. Last time we were 3 persons and we ordered a beer, starter plate and three main dishes which totally cost us little more than 40€, so basically nothing! And I always compare the prices to Helsinki, so I know we would never be able to eat that good with that price.
The interior is so nice, and I like how they have put together so many different elements. And it actually works really well when all the chairs and tables are little different, and bringing the feeling of old days.
They do take reservations, so that is a good thing to do especially if you know advanced you are going there in a special time or with a bigger group. So then you won`t end up waiting in line and get a table for sure.
I hope you have already tested this restaurant, but if not, please do it next time you are in Tallinn.
And as I cannot be creating recipes too much this autumn in my temporary home in the Netherlands, I decided that I will be posting restaurant and cafeteria adventures this autumn from around Europe instead. I will mark in the end the price level with coin bags in the end, and also I will be giving carrots (instead of starts) to each restaurant. And why did this restaurant get 4 and not 5 carrots? Well simply because the service sometimes is slow due to the popularity, so this is not a place to eat if you are in hurry.
Telliskivi 60, Tallinn / Estonia
Open: Mon-Sat 09.00-00.00, Sun 09.00-22.00