Tigu's founder, Kristel Randrüüt, had just returned to Estonia after living and studying in France. Back in Tallinn, she missed those simple local around-the-corner places, where you could gather with friends to enjoye nice wine and seafood. So she decided to establish a place of her own in the beautiful and historic residential area of Kadriorg in Tallinn.
Tigu opened its doors with the Beaujolais Nouveau party of 2006. Tigu became quickly popular with it's ouststanding seafood, varied choice of wines and homely service. Kristel herself was the chef, manager and sommelier all in one, while her son Sten helped with the dishes and simpler kitchen tasks, two waitresses were also hired.
“We want our guest to feel like they´re visiting a good old friend in France or Portugal”
Tigu means snail in Estonian and actually our restaurant has moved around the country many times. In 2013 we landed in the Old Town of Tallinn. Now Kristel herself is more of a visionary and a counselor, while her son is full time chef in the kitchen and the original two waitresses are running the front of the house.
While Tigu's location has changed over time, the team and the passion for great food has remained the same.