New Menu Nordic by Peeter Pihel is available on Silja Line and Tallink’s fine dining restaurants from September 19, 2018 until January 9, 2019.
Menu Nordic is, for the first time in Tallink’s history, designed by an Estonian chef. Peeter Pihel’s five-course menu includes authentic Estonian flavors and ingredients from the forests, meadows and waters of the country. The menu also respects traditional cooking techniques and is dedicated to the centenary of Estonia. See the menu at the end of this article.
Chef Peeter Pihel has made use of traditional Estonian recipes as well as new recipe concepts in the menu design. The menu is based on characteristic Estonian raw materials and dishes, which have been enhanced by new and unexpected tastes from the surrounding nature. The menu delivers pork, whitefish, cod and quail combined with seasonal vegetables and roots.
– Menu Nordic’s raw materials and flavor combinations are very simple. The objective is to emphasize every ingredient as such and not suppress them with excessive flavor combinations. For this reason, the plate has only up to 3-5 different elements, explains Pihel.
The cooking techniques used range from salting to smoking, and slow-cooking in a traditional hay box. In some dishes the traditional ingredients have been replaced by other options providing contemporary features to the cuisine. Peeter Pihel believes that all of the choices in the menu give justice to Estonia’s culinary art of today.
Vegetarians and vegans have been specifically designed a three-course menu where meat and fish have been replaced by different vegetables such as black roots, ground artichoke and kale. The five-course Menu Nordic, designed by Peeter Pihel, is served on the Helsinki-Stockholm route and on the Stockholm-Tallinn route in the fine dining restaurants until the 9th of January 2019.
The five-course menu with wine costs 118 euros and for patrons 109 euros.
Photos: Ideal Helsinki, Silja Line. English edition: Mirja Honkanen
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