Vivo’s: Loved it!
The location of my apartment was ideal when it came to having food and drink “on the doorstep”. A bakery 5 minutes away and a mini market next door to that.
A place I went back to is Vivo’s. It’s Lebanese. I’d gone in for lunch one day and had a superb chicken shawarma. Freshly made carrot juice to go with it.
The service was friendly and quick too.
The second time I only had coffee and baklava, but it was excellent as well. The same friendly and helpful (the menu board is in Finnish) staffer.
Favorite Dish: The shawarma. Fresh and filling.Related to:
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Kauppatori: Al Fresco
I had Sunday lunch at the harbour market. Whitebait, veggies and rice. €10 the plate.
You just choose from what's on offer and pay, then take your paper plate to the tables alongside.
Great food. Great fun. No fuss.
(For those who don't know, whitebait is tiny little fried fish eaten whole.)
Favorite Dish: I loved it all!Related to:
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Ravintola 3 Liisaa: Out of the way!
This was somewhere I was taken by friends - it was quite pleasant, but very local. I was surprised by the interior and their menu. It was very enjoyable and the food was good.
It was a little unexpected as it did not seem to be a street where you may expect to find a decent local restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Good menu, you should find something you want to eat.
Le Petit Cafe: On the Boulevard
Came across this when waiting for a tram; I was the only customer in the café. It was clean, modern and had a very unique smell of coffee and spices.
I have seen people visit this in the summer, but it was a warm refuge during a winter visit.
Places to eat in Helsinki 1/6 - Introduction
In my tips 2, 3 and 4 of total 6 I trie to describe restarurants where I have been and which are worth while to be mentioned. They are all places where people eat with their own money.
If I have not visited a place for a long time I delete it and bring it back later if there is a reason.
Also if a restaurant is not more worth while to mention it is deleted from the list.
The most expencive courmet places in tip 5/6 I have not visited.
Several restaurants are closed 4-6 weeks between last week on June and beginning of August.
During the midsommer fest weekend at the end of June (near 24.6) at least half of the restaurants are closed and propably also near by half of the population is out. In the year 2016 it is 24.6 to 26.6.
At Christmas time 24.12 to 26.12 most places are closed - 24.12 allmost every restauran.
In tip 6/6 there are restaurants with hade some problems with their previous owners. The first one was originally added 5.7.2005
Places to eat in Helsinki 6/6 - to Berlusconi
1) For the benefit of Silvio Berlusconi news from 6.-7. July 2005 at Helsinki. An Italian Restaurant Nerone has been closed for a while at 17 of June 2005 because of serious continuing problems concerning hygienic and cleaness. It was closed by the order of health autohorities. Based on todays afternoon newspaper some food poisenings have occured and the situation of the kitchens cleaness was catastrophic. The toilet and making food were in close connections. The tools making food were dirty (never cleaned ???) etc. And that was not finnish food in Finland. It is an Italian restaurant serving italian food.
July 2005 it has been reopened.
Now all the problems concerning hygienig and cleaness are fully solved ant the place is now of course absolutely clean (or ... ??? ... how about after some months ?).
I was there once a few years ago (nothing special but OK) and survived without food poisening.
The restaurant has changed the owner and staff and still exists at July 2015 and has nothing to do with the original except the name.
2) Similar problems problems concerning hygienic and cleaness have occured with some other places.
- 2005 and earlier with a greece restaurant "Athanasios Kreikkalainen ravintola " at Iso-Rooobertinkatu - solved. But it was anyhow later closed.
- Pizza place Mare Chiaro Secondo , finnish owner and cook, had problems in 2005/2006 but was reopened. A new owner also since about 2012.
- Another example but not at Helsinki is a chinese restaurant at the city Turku where they used in the year 2004 carbage (fruits and vegertables etc.) from near by supermarkets carbage box for their food.
3) One Restaurant where you either were satified or go to court was Lehtovaara. One customer with a bigger group was unsatisfied, gave a complaint to the restaurant and got no responce. The complaint was put into Internet and now (June 2005) Lehtovaara was demanding compensation of 80 000 Euros (of course it wont work).
Probably also this one has a new owner 2015 compared to 2005 but I have not been there.Related to:
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Places to eat in Helsinki 2/6 - Lunch buffets
Rax Buffet, two in Helsinki, Aleksanterinkatu 11 and Turunlinnantie 6 Itäkeskus, if you are really hungry.
Salad, soup, lasagne, chicken, several pizzas, coffee etc. as much as you can eat.
Price 9,95 Euro
Ice cream with extra price 2,00.
Perho, Restaurant of the School for Hotel and Restaurant staff at Mechelininkatu 7 .
Lunch buffet monday to friday 9,30,- Euros
Oriental lunch buffet which have existed for many years :
Ani, Telakkakatu 2/Hernesaarenkatu 5, Turkish 9,90 Euros , Saturday&Sunday 12,50 Euros
Manala, Dagmarinkatu 2,
Lunch buffet Monday to Friday, with soup and salad buffet, coffee and dessert 9,90 Euros.
At the same place also nightlife, open until 4.00 A.M.
(At the same block are located Jazz Restaurant Storyville, Museokatu 8, music from 22:00 p.m. and St Urhos Pub which was a legendary Pub some 25 years ago. St Urhos Pub is still popular but nothing special any more. Meals are also available there.)
Hotel Restaurant Buffet monday to friday (sometimes also saturdays):
- Arthur, Hotel Arthur, Vuorikatu 19. Lunch buffet, year 2015 for 11,90 Euros
There are several Sushi buffet places for example Restaurant Konnichiwa at Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 21 , 15 Euros, weekend and evening 19,50 Euros
Several other lunch buffet places can be found from Monday to Friday.
All lunch buffets are cheeper from Monday to Friday then food in weekends and the price is usually around 10 Euro
My favourite place based on last visits at the moment from above is Arthur (last visite June 2015)
Some weekend brunch places :
-Aito, Museokatu 29, Sunday, 29 Euros, small place for slow eating
-Kuja, Hakaniemenkatu 7, 19 Euros, small place
-Mercur, Ruusulankatu 5, 19,50 Euros - big selection
-Töölön Sävel, Runeberginkatu 40, 20 Euros
Places to eat in Helsinki 4/6 - How about Finnish
Wieninleike (originally Austrian Wienerschnitzel) or Lihapullat (Meatballs) or Hernekeitto (pea soup originally Swedish I suppose) could be considered as normal Finnish food.
Traditional foods are Läskisoosi, Kalakukko from Savo , black sausage musta makkara from Tampere, dark brown dessert Mämmi (which looks more like output then input) etc.
It's easier to find non Finnish food. Some restaurants ruled by Asians etc. may also offer something like Finnish food.
What you get from hot-dog stands at evenings open 8:00-9:00 p.m. until 4:00-5:00 a.m. or so can be something like Finnish evening or night snack.
If there is a big queue or aggressive looking drunkards late at night avoid that one for a while.
Otherwise try one and get something not just Hot Dog and with a lot of spices.
There are some lunch bars but not quite in the Centrum where the food is maybe home cooking style. They close usually at the latest 19:00 p.m. and maybe don't serve alcohol except maybe level III bear which is still about normal European alcohol strength, IV A beer is a little bit stronger. At the name or in the window there can be Baari, Kahvila , Lounaskahvila, Kotiruokaa . Food is a little bit cheaper than in Restaurants, menu is only in Finnish language and could be that the staff speaks only Finnish.
One tradtional finnish restaurant since the year 1934 is Sea Horse at Kapteeninkatu 11. Their "paistetut silakat" fried baltic Sprat was in the old days a "world famous" cheap giant portion. It is still rather big and price is reasonable in finnish price level - 16,50 Euros at November 2013. It is maybe the best "paistetut silakat" in the city. Sea Horse has been yearly voted as one of the top 50 restaurants in Finland. 2011 it was number 35 and 2012 number 29 . The price level is still for people who eat with their own money. Inside it looks about the same as it did 40 years ago with white table cloths. Good lunch from monday to friday 9,50 Euros. Door man is keeping the garderobe (maybe except warm midsommer time) so there is 2 Euros extra per person for that.
Restaurant Aito at Museokatu 29. It has been voted as one of the top 50 restaurants in Finland. 2012 it was number 32
Restaurant Weeruska, Porvoonkatu 19
Some people like Silvio Berlusconi, Jacques Chirac and the serbian lead lady singer of the winning song of Eurovision song contents 2007 have been very dissapointed about finnish food. But did they really eated it or know what it is? Or do they even knew what they were saying? To get really finnish food in Finland it is not easy. McDonalds or other junk food and any ethnic food is easier to get. I have been and eaten in over 90 countries and could say that finnish food is mainly not worth to mention in any way - not as good and not as bad.Related to:
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Places to eat in Helsinki 3/6 - Some possibilities
Nepalese - near by 30 of them. Start "bread" crisby & thin. With main food ( usually from metal plate) big Nan bread.
Worth while to try at least once.
Mt Everest Lapinlanhdenkatu 17,
Himalaya, Ratakatu 1 b
Some Indian Restaurants exist. Some are expensive.
India Tandoor near by Kamppi Metro station has 4-5 week end Dali offers like Chicken Curry, Vegetable Curry etc. for about 12 Euros - reasonable price at weekend.
Thai Restaurants over 30 of them.
One example is Kok Thai Runeberginkatu
Downstairs at Forum in Centrum Mannerheimintie several quick food restaurants , oriental, steak, junk food etc. Nothing special but OK for a fast food.
Many kinds of restaurants at Kamppi shopping center in city centrum.
At least 80 Chinese and all are about the same quality.
You probably want be very much thrilled but also not angry for their foods. If your satisfied with basic euro-chinese food they are all quit OK. But if you are looking for fantastic chinese foof I'm afraid you want find it in Helsinki.
Dong Bei Hu/China Tiger, Korkeavuorenkatu 47 , is quite popular and is at least little bit trying to give real chinese food .
Several Italian/Italian type restaurants.
Quite popular because of its food is Benjam's Bistro Dagmarinkatu - and practically no advertisement.
Villetta at Ruusulankatu 8 has been there for ages - owners have changed.
Don Corleone at Kamppi shopping center - maybe the best restaurant in there.
Some japanes - Kabuki (no visits lately) at Lapinlahdenkatu 12
Korea House, Mariankatu 19, the only Korean restaurant in Finland
African restaurants have been missing. in Helsinki. A African, Ethiopian, resturant Queen Sheba, Kuningatar Saba, is at Runeberginkatu 8, small place, reservation may be needed.
Pizzerias, hamburger places, kebab places
One very tidy small kebab place is Falafel at Caloniuksenkatu. It is over 25 years old and therefor most likely the oldest kebab place n Finland.
Eerikin Pippuri at Eerikinkatu is bigger and popular.
Tex-Mex places are many. Maybe the oldest place and worth while to mention is CantinaWest at Kasarmikatu 23
In 2014 there was a very large number os Sushi restaurants in Helsinki and new ones are opening all the time and some are closed. 42 Sushi places existsed at 7.3.2014.
Sasso: Northern Italian
Sasso is a Northern Italian restaurant in the chic heart of Helsinki. The veal chop and accompanying mushroom risotto were decent but the artichoke heart appetiser was mediocre. I know one should not travel to Helsinki to sample the best Italian cuisine but I really want emotionally ready for Herring on this trip (Mar 2015). The glass of Amarone was fantastic.
Places to eat in Helsinki 5/6 - Gourmet food
If you are not really hungry and have about 100 Euros extra only
for the meal try gourmet food. I have never tried the most excpencive places.
Six restaurants have Michelin stars in international Michelin restaurant Guide 2014
at Uudenmaankatu 9-11
has one star 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Postres - it was closed on October 2014. Now there is a new restaurant Pompier
at Eteläesplanadi 8
has one star at 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and was "rising star" restaurant 2007.
Luomo - it was closed on December 2014
at Vironkatu 8
has one star at 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
at Kasarmikatu 44
has one star at 2011 2012, 2013 and 2014 .
at Vironkatu 8
has one star at 2014.
has one star at 2014.
The next one was closed at the end of October 2013:
Chez Dominicue, at Rikhardinkatu 4 has one star 2003 and two stars 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Restaurant Emo at Kasarmikatu 44 is a new "Big Gourmand" place 2014.
Restaurant Boulevard Social at Bulevardi 6 is a new "Big Gourmand" place 2014
Restaurant Farang at Ainonkatu 3 is Michelin's "Big Gourmand" 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
Restaurant Gaijin at Bulevardi 6 is a new Michelin's "Big Gourmand" place 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Restaurant Pure Bistro Pohjoisesplanadi 9 is a new "Big Gourmand" places 2013 and 2014.
Groteski at Ludviginkatu 8-10 and Solna at Solnantie 26
were Michelin's "Big Gourmand" places 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Example of Gourmet from one (ex-Michelin star) restaurant from autumn 2002 : four course meal, each of them the size of a small ash try, a tea spoon for start soup of half a plate, only the main course filled the small plate. It coasted 89 Euros and was excellent quality but very little to eat.
Starting from over 100 Euros you might get a full 3-4 course meal in a gourmet Restaurant. Only one meal would start from 50 Euros.Related to:
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nearly all the city centre restaurants: Eating out on a Sunday?
This is a general tip about eating out in Helsinki on a Sunday night.
You should be aware that many restauarants and bars either shut early or do not open at all. So my tip to you is, if you are dining out on a Sunday evening - go early or eat in your hotel.
O'Learys: A sporting bar dinner
I was unsure where to eat, and was in the Forum Centre. In recent years, the centre has introduced a great many new eateries. I had not eaten at this one previously, so decided that I should try it out.
It is a sports bar and has a good menu too!
It was early evening so it was fairly quiet when I paid my visit - it was enjoyable and the food was good.
Favorite Dish: A sizzling Chicken Fajita and chips was my choice.
Stone's - Beer & Burgers: Gastropub
I visited the restaurant with a Finnish colleague, she was working across the street from the bar. I was surprised that we spent almost three hours in the bar. It was a good evening.
There is an upstairs bar, which is on ground level and then a few steps down there is a large cellar type restaurant area.
Favorite Dish: I had an enjoyable cheese burger and then an upside down cheese cake.
Kiila Bar & Grill: A first floor dinner venue
I had been shopping and decided to eat at Kiila. I had seen the name previously but this was a first visit. It was early evening and there were very few customers.
I was due to meet some friends, so I decided to just have a main course. The venue has free wi-fi and opens from breakfast through to dinner.
There is also a bar which is popular it seems.
Favorite Dish: I opted for the steak, and it was cooked exactly as I had asked; there are some interesting options on the menu.
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