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Sunday, 20 November 2011
We were struggling to find good, vegetarian food in Tallinn. There was no shortage of coffee shops and cute bakeries where we could get a snack, but a huge part of the restaurant scene is pseudo-medieval restaurants which try to recreate the feel of the olden days (with elk soup, and so on). Main meals for veggies are a little thin on the ground.
So it was with some relief that we discovered Lido. It's a buffet-style restaurant with everything laid out: pointing at food that looks good is much easier than trying to decipher Estonian menu descriptions. It's also cheap, and fresh, and full of vegetable dishes (along with plenty of meat options which I ignored).
In Tallinn, Lido has an upstairs floor in a modern shopping centre, a short walk from the medieval city. Huge picture windows look out over the Estonian national opera house, but the inside of the restaurant has been made up to look rustic, warm and inviting. The clientele was mostly local, and as tourists we were a bit of a novelty.
We later discovered that Lido is a Latvian chain, and we were happy to find a branch in Riga, too, with very similar dishes. Definitely recommended.