New Hospital-Themed Restaurant in Latvia Has Diners Checking In for Treatment
A new hospital-themed restaurant has opened in Riga, giving visitors the experience of dining amid operating tables, hospital beds, and leggy nurses. Owned by a group of local doctors, Hospitalis serves up hearty Latvian standards in flasks and operating room dishes and pours trendy cocktails into beakers and test tubes. It goes without saying that the place is gimmicky as hell, but it also speaks to just how far the Baltic country has come since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. I moved to Riga the following year, when there were very few notable restaurants. The most prominent new eatery at the time was a joint called Parsla Burger ("Flake Burger") that served insipid little slabs of beef on waffles instead of bread. Still, it was always packed. The jury's still out on the quality of the cuisine at Hospitalis, but it's nice to see that the city's restaurant scene has matured to the point where kooky new ideas like this are taken seriously.