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Preatore: SILVER SERVICE

By Anita Kaze. 05.08.2008

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For dining at its finest, you can’t pass Preatore.


As befits the atmosphere of Jurmala, this restaurant’s image endeavors to emulate refinement and class. Silver service reigns supreme with attentive waiters in white gloves whipping off silver cloches to reveal your meal.

Although quite unassuming from the front within a quaint wooden building typical of the area, the interior contrasts in high-ceiling opulence. While already spacious and with a loft upstairs for more private dining, one wall is a huge mirror to make things seem even bigger. Dining by the fountain on the terrace is also possible, to watch those visiting the nearby beach.

Upscale atmosphere and prices created expectations about the food that were met. We tried a plump and juicy scallop starter (€12.20) and an interesting duet of stone-perch fillet, with one piece fried and the other steamed, served with powerfully flavored fennel (€22.30). For dessert, the carefully layered chilled marzipan cake was outstanding (€10). The international menu isn’t wide or adventurous, but what they have is prepared perfectly. A staggering array of very fine wines reflects director Ivars Kalniņš’ passion for the stuff.

Complimentary aperitifs and other touches leave no wonder why Preatore took first place in Jurmala Council’s category for Best Restaurant of 2008.




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