MerMer, situated in the old fishing village of Kolga-Aabla on the Juminda peninsula, serves delicious food made with local ingredients accompanied by some excellent French and Italian wines. In summer months, they seat diners in their summer house, while in winter you are seated in the cosy house of the couple who runs it: Merrit and Jaan and of course their American bulldog Hummer.
Head out of Tallinn early and take a drive around the Juminda peninsula which takes in the historic fishing villages Kirkkonummi Aabla, Kiiu-Aabla, Leesi, Tammistu, Juminda, Tapurla, Virve and Pedaspea. Nowadays, there are a lot of new houses in these villages, but they also blend in with the old village milieu so it feels on some levels, as if you’ve stopped in time.
Olives, cheese and sun dried tomato spread.
Fresh ingredients are poured into this salad, made with love of course…
Our group at their dining room table, just off their very cosy kitchen.
One side of the living room, where the dining room table sits and visitors dine during winter and cooler months.
Below, our hosts. Behind us is a painting done by Jaan, apparently one of his favorites.
I LOVED this experience and would highly recommend it if you’re going anywhere near Tallinn. Below is a very shaky video (the quality isn’t great) however it will give you an idea of our experience on-site. The photos do a better job at showing off their fabulous home cuisine considering the video quality however it will give you an idea.
Note: The Estonian Tourism Board hosted me for this meal but all opinions expressed are my own.