Opened in 2020 right before the pandemic, Kest was a long awaited addition to Latvia’s gastronomic scene. First, it was to be opened by Maris Jansons, one of Latvia’s most talented chefs, after leaving a very reputable Riga’s establishment. Second, Kest with all of its fine dining aspirations was not going to be opened in the Capital City of Latvia, it was to be opened in countryside – Cēsis, one of the most charming and creative towns of Latvia about 100 km from Riga. Since the opening, Kest has not only proved itself as one of the real suspects for a Michelin star outside of Riga, but also managed to help raise the foodie reputation and culture of dining outside the Capital city. A five-course menu in Cēsis? Why not! And look at their wine & drinks programme! Over the years it has grown from an ugly duckling into beauty queen – it contains a hugely popular drinks’ pairing programme and a medium size wine list any Capital city restaurant would be jealous of. Curated by somm Anna Račila, it’s literally loaded with an array of styles, vintages, philosophies and invites you to stay in Cēsis longer than you might have expected. The good thing about Kest – once you’re finished with your five-course meal, check out the, let’s call it’, Dark Surprise Room right next to the main dining hall. You’ll like it so much, you’ll never want to leave (especially after a couple of their very inviting cocktails).

Kest’s suggestion: Cocktail "Meadow" (The Botanist gin, Italicus bergamot liqueur, linden flowers, meadowsweet, chamomile, lime juice).

Our choice: It’s go big or go home at Kest, so we’d choose something as rare as 1993 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne straight from domaine (for a budget you’d never be able to have it anywhere in Europe)!



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