Rozengrāls is difficult to miss if you’re strolling the streets of Riga. It’s on a very old street in the touristy part of the city, with a very big Rozengrāls sign and a member of staff stood outside in full Medieval costume, carrying lots of menus and trying to entice you in. Throughout the day visitors to the city gather around the entrance, intrigued about what’s behind the big heavy doors, that the man dressed in Medieval dress is stood in front of. We arrived at the restaurant at about 5:30 on the Friday night and had no wait at all, which was a real surprise as I’d read online beforehand that it gets super busy in the evenings. I think going for an early dinner helped though as we were able to get a table before the rush.
The entire menu was Medieval themed, so we had a fab time choosing what to eat. For starter we picked a Latvian take on garlic bread: fried rye bread with a delicious garlic sauce and it didn’t disappoint – the bread was absolutely delicious. Rye bread is a Latvian specialty and we can certainly see why the locals rave so much about it.
For our main courses, I ordered the chickpea and aubergine hot pot and Stuart had the roast pork. When you compare our dishes, I think Stuart had the much better deal as his pork meal was huge! The photo of him looking at the pork makes me laugh so much, as his face just shows pure delight. My vegetarian meal was tasty nonetheless, so I was still very happy with my food. I have to say that I was incredibly impressed by the amount of vegetarian options on offer at Rozengrāls. Latvian and medieval cuisine is very meat heavy, so it was fantastic to see an entire page of the restaurant menu filled with vegetarian options.