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Restaurant Desiderata (closed)

Restaurant Desiderata

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Behind the historic Old City brick walls lies Desiderata, a richly decorated restaurant at the five-star Royal Square Hotel & Suites that enchants by its antique luxurious interior and sophisticated atmosphere.
Desiderata is situated in a spacious cellar beneath the hotel, and atmosphere pervades the restaurant at every level. Guests are surrounded by delicate glass ornaments and expensive furniture fit for royalty. Pristine and polished in every corner, the interior boasts genteel tableware, exquisite cutlery, white tablecloths and freshly ironed serviettes.
On the way to their table, guests are able to see the centuries-old feature of a water well, now beautifully and carefully preserved under glass. On occasion, the sophisticated setting is perfected by live music from a gently tinkling piano, light jazz musicians and talented singers.
The impeccable, highly attentive service cannot be faulted. The knowledgeable waitresses and waiters can describe each dish and make recommendations according to your tastes, as well as pointing out the perfect wine or beverage to accompany your meal.
Desiderata’s experienced and award-winning chef Māris Astičs is a rising star. He manages to make every dish a memorable mini-masterpiece. Māris has just created the restaurant’s new wintertime menu, which puts a fine accent on fresh local ingredients. The emphasis is on innovative and modern European cuisine, which, given the standard, is surprisingly not expensive. Some dishes that have been popular on previous menus can also be specially requested if they are available, such as a wonderful appetizer that features succulent duck breast smoked in Māris’ very own handmade smoking box, lusciously combined with blue-veined cheese, a sweet cherry sauce and lettuce leaves. Among the main dishes, try the sublime fillet of local pike-perch with truffled green-pea purée, legumes and a dazzling crayfish white-wine sauce. Māris is a well-known presence at Riga Central Market, which he visits every morning to secure the best and freshest produce, including meat and fish. Desiderata’s desserts are equally amazing. The eight-texture chocolate cake with banana cream and peppermint oil, doused at the table in a hot chocolate sauce, has to be experienced to be believed. The sauce melts a layer of crisp chocolate on top, creating a hole in the center, the liquid chocolate then flooding over a selection of fresh berries.
Contact the restaurant to book a table on evening. Awarded “Best Restaurant in Latvia 2010”, Desiderata never fails to delight its guests.

• Every day from
  12.00 till 24.00  
• Wide choice of wines
• Individual hall for business-lunch
• VIP place for 4 persons
• We take orders for small seminars,
  presentations and banquets up to 70 persons
• Organization of private parties
• 50

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Fillet of local lake pikeperch with truffled green-pea purée,
legumes and crayfish white-wine sauce
Wild duck breast and confit of leg
with Jerusalem artichoke purée and red cabbage
Eight-way prepared–chocolate cake
with fresh berries, banana cream and warm chocolate sauce

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