According to the restaurant’s website, the premises were mentioned in the scripts in 1293 as the most ancient wine-vault and festival place of the Riga City Council! It is a favorite tourist spot, a lot of tourists would frequent this place to take photos. However, do not mistake this place as a tourist trap.
As I descend the candlelit stairs, a strong sense of suspense and anticipation came over me; this being my first experience in a medieval-themed restaurant, I was in awe by the décor and authenticity – vaulted ceiling, terracotta and wooden flooring, wall niches with decorative items and candles, banners, square and rectangular wooden tables, Savonarola style chairs and rustic chandeliers. It’s like being taken to another era. The whole restaurant is lit with candles only, giving you a strong sense of medieval times. The waiters wore medieval time outfits.
Each dish on the menu has a short historical story to it. The prices are slightly on the high side. I ordered the sea bass stuffed with cheese and horseradish served with a side of barley and lentils (€ 15), and a pumpkin pie (€2.70). Bread wrapped in linen was served as I waited for my food. It was quite fragrant with a hint of sweetness. The food was served on a charcoal ceramic plate. The presentation of the sea bass was simple and honestly not appealing. I would have preferred it to be a fillet instead of a whole fish. The overall flavor of the dish was bland and drab; it lacked seasoning. The pumpkin pie was decent.
My waiter was cordial, attentive, and always had a smile on his face. He would come periodically to check on me. Being in Latvia for almost two weeks, he was the friendliest and most smiley waiter I’ve encountered. He deserves a waiter-of-the-year award!
Overall, I highly recommend this place for the experience.
Telephone: +371 67 220 356
Opening hours: Sunday to Monday (12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.)
Address: Rozena iela, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia