Niklāvs is situated in Rīga’s Old Town in a building that once housed the studio of a well known 20th-century Latvian painter, Niklāvs Strunke, which inspired the name of the restaurant “Niklāvs.” The bright interior is enhanced with paintings of Niklāvs Strunke and of other Latvian artists.
Niklāvs serves mainly traditional Latvian cuisine, including some European dishes. The restaurant offers a breakfast buffet, brunch buffet, business lunch on weekdays, and a la carte menu. In addition, there is a featured menu every month – Head Chef’s specials – which is a selection of 4 dishes using locally grown farmers’ produce and ingredients, including wild vegetables and berries picked by the head chef herself, giving customers a taste of seasonal produce. Reservations can be made online.
There is a small pavement terrace outside for dining. It was a beautiful day, so I opted to sit outside. Their pavement terrace is connected with the restaurant and shops along that row, so non-customers can walkthrough, which I found distracting.
I went for the 3-course business lunch for 7.50 euros. The 2-course meal is 5.50 euros.
My waitress was a bubbly young woman. There was a liveliness to her tone of voice.
The starter was a refreshing salad with a simple yogurt dill dressing. I love the vibrant colors of the salad.
The main course had middle eastern flavors. The chicken, drizzled with a savory tomato sauce, was fall-off-the-bone tender. The bulgur had a mild buttery, nutty flavor, a delicious accompaniment with the chicken and sauce.
The dessert was caramel pudding. The texture resembles a blancmange with a sweet, creamy flavor.
I had an enjoyable lunch and would return to try more elaborate dishes on the menu.
Telephone: (+371) 20019156
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 22:00 p.m.
Address: Grēcinieku iela 2, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia