Estonian food trends are born at NOA Peakoka Pool (NOA Head Chef’s Hall)

Last year, NOA Peakoka Pool was awarded with the title of the best restaurant in Estonia. Did it ease off this year? Not an inch! Knives are still sharp there and the most recent creations of Estonian cuisine boils right in their pots. It seems that the Chef Tõnis Siigur’s abilities have no limits, although the opening of restaurant Tuljak took its toll this time. 

 The most bright-minded persons of Estonian gastronomy are in action in these four restaurants managed by Tõnis and his partners Martti Siimann and Marko Zukker. It can safely be said that Estonian food trends are born right at NOA Peakoka Pool. 

 It is quite usual that the pupils of this restaurant move on to other restaurants and higher positions, but the restaurant’s level is unaffected. The work of Tõnis has an additional admirable outcome. Cooks who have worked with him and moved on to somewhere else do not just reproduce what they have learned but develop it further. Still, no apprentice threatens the master’s own level. It looks like a matter of formalisation to win back the title of the best restaurant next season. Unless the masters do not open another restaurant meanwhile.

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The chart is prepared in two different parts. The judgement criteria are different for both parts.

First, 50 best restaurants are chosen from among approximately 1300 and the selection is based on the votes of the key workers of the restaurants.Each voter compiles a personal list of 7 restaurants that he or she thinks are the best in Estonia. The voters must have visited these places and the list cannot include the voters’ employers or restaurants related to their personal property. 

The restaurants that have been included in someone’s top 7 are invited to cast their votes as well. Each restaurant can appoint up to three of their most important employees as their voters: one member from the management team, one member from the kitchen staff and one member from the service staff. 

Taking part in the voting is strictly voluntary, not obligatory. The top 50 of Estonian restaurants is made up of restaurants that win the greatest number of votes. 

This is followed by a second round where food media representatives give their judgement. There are 30 of them: 12 from Estonia and 18 from abroad. Each restaurant is judged by 6–8 different judges, half of them from Estonia and half from abroad. 

The judges visit the restaurants anonymously. The judging is conducted by the method developed by the Swedish restaurant guide "White Guide" over a number of years. A total of 40 points can be given for food (17–21 satisfactory cuisine, 22–27 good level cuisine, 32–35 distinguishing cuisine, local top class, 36–40 brilliant cuisine, international top class). 

A total of 20 points can be given for drinks (8–10 satisfactory, 11–13 good, 14–17 distinguishing choice of drinks, local top class, 18–20 international top class). 

A total of 25 points can be given for service (8–12 satisfactory, 13–17 good, 18–22 local top class, 23–25 international top class). 

A total of 15 points can be given for milieu (5–7 neutral, 8–10 equal to the rest of the experience, 11–13 gives additional value to the experience, 14–15 is worth coming for by itself). 

The chart is formed based on the points given for food. If these points are equal, the sum of all scores will be considered. If these sums are also equal, the position in the chart is shared.


Flavours of Estonia is a programme that was launched in 2008 to support the development of culinary skills and introduce Estonia as a land of good food. 


Flavours of Estonia Today offers new real taste experiences to people who hold good food in high regard. Good food and matching drinks available right here and right now. Prepared in cooperation between the chef and the sommelier (barman, barista). With the best skills and knowledge. With the aim of offering small but carefully selected delicious delights every day. The offers are renewed every day. If you want to keep up with them, visit our website  or our Facebook page.