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    Places to eat in Helsinki 5/6 - Gourmet food

    by eriste Updated Feb 8, 2015

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    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

    Demo
    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.

    Olo
    at Kasarmikatu 44
    has one star at 2011 2012, 2013 and 2014 .

    Ask
    at Vironkatu 8
    has one star at 2014.

    Chef&Sommelier
    at Huvilakatu
    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.

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    nearly all the city centre restaurants: Eating out on a Sunday?

    by gordonilla Updated Jan 29, 2015

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    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.

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    O'Learys: A sporting bar dinner

    by gordonilla Written Jan 27, 2015

    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.

    Exterior Interior (1) Interior (2) Sizzling Chicken Fajita Chips and Dips

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    Stone's - Beer & Burgers: Gastropub

    by gordonilla Written Jan 27, 2015

    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.

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    Kiila Bar & Grill: A first floor dinner venue

    by gordonilla Written Jan 27, 2015

    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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    Iguana Mannerheimintie: Fast and Enjoyable Food

    by gordonilla Written Jan 25, 2015

    I had passed the bar often over the years. I decided that this would be a good place for dinner after reading the menu. It was quite acceptable for the type of facility.

    You order and pay at the bar.

    Favorite Dish: Chicken Fajitas and an extra portion of chips.

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    Story: In the Vanha Kauppahalli (old market hall)

    by gordonilla Written Jan 24, 2015

    I knew that the Old Market Hall had started to bring in new businesses and trading activities. This was my first visit to Story. It is located in the one crossover/cut through from one market stalls to the other side.

    The staff are young and professional; there were many regular customers present during my visit as well as a number of hardy winter tourists.

    The Market Hall as a long history.

    Favorite Dish: Coffee of course; they also have a reasonable lunch menu too!

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    Strindberg: In the heart of the City

    by gordonilla Updated Jan 24, 2015

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    It appears as if some resolution has been found to the lease renewal issues which the café had experienced previously. There is a refurbished group and first floor café and restaurant. It is much smaller than when I first visited the venue. It is still good and enjoyable.

    In the summer, you can sit outside and enjoy people watching as the citizens and tourists walk along the Esplanade.

    Favorite Dish: Coffee and excellent cakes.

    Old front entrance of Cafe Strindberg the interior upstairs (1) upstairs (2) upstairs (3) library

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    A city centre Chinese restaurant

    by gordonilla Written Jan 24, 2015

    I had passed the restaurant many times over recent years, but this was my first visit to eat. I have to say it was an excellent choice after a day out in the cold and wind of a chilly Helsinki in January.

    The restaurant seemed busy, and it looked like an after work venue for couples and colleagues. It had a very fast throughout put of food, so no long delays waiting on the kitchen staff.

    The staff speak Finnish, English and the Chinese staff speak Chinese too.

    Favorite Dish: I had an excellent chicken ad vegetable soup - it was warm and thick. Just what I needed. I had Kung Po Chicken and boiled rice as my main course.

    They have a good and broad menu.

    Exterior Interior (1) Interior (2) Chicken and Vegetable Soup Kung Po Chicken

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    Tarvaspää Café and Restaurant: Cultural and Quiet

    by gordonilla Written Jan 24, 2015

    I appreciate that this restaurant has an Espoo address, but I have included it in both Helsinki as well as Espoo. I had travelled by tram 4 to the Munkkiniemi terminus stop and then made the walk to the restaurant and museum.

    I have been here several times, in winter as well as summer. In the winter it is much quieter and very welcoming and of course warm!

    Favorite Dish: They offer a range of hot and cold menu items. I tend to have coffee and a pastry when I visit. It is often a good place to sit and read in the winter, to ready yourself for the walk back to the tram or bus stops which are some distance from the location.

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    Places to eat in Helsinki 4/6 - How about Finnish

    by eriste Updated Nov 12, 2014

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    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 85 countries and could say that finnish food is mainly not worth to mention in any way - not as good and not as bad.

    Sea Horse 17.11.13 Baltic sprat 16,50 Euros
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    Fazer: Die for chocolate

    by lina112 Written Aug 17, 2014

    Our cousin visited Helsinki few years ago and recommended places to visit, shopping and of course chocolate Fazer, the most famous chocolate in Finland.I love chocolate and we stopped in the supermarket and bought som chocolate bars. At the airport before take off we stopped at duty free and bought more chocloate. There is a Faze Café at Kluuvikatu, where you can have a meal and buy more chocolates, we did not stopped but sure next time will do.

    my chocolate bars at home
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    Siwa supermarket: Another option

    by lina112 Written Aug 17, 2014

    We stopped a couple of time at siwa to buy some food for lunch and dinner, one day at sumenlinnan and another near to St Henrys Cathedral. They sell sandwich, crips, soft drinks, salads, pizza slices, pastries, etc. It´s a good option when you can not find a place to eat.

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    Starbucks at Stockmann: Frappuccino time

    by lina112 Written Aug 17, 2014

    The first days of the trip were very hot and very high humidity, so we had to be very well hydrated. We stopped a few times to drink up some starbucks frappuccinos. The first day we caught the time drinks and went to Esplanade to enjoy the people and the music. The second day we stopped was raining so we were inside enjoying the rain fall. I recommend the frappuccino chocolate cookies, delicious.

    Los primeros dias de viaje fueron de mucho calor y de muy alta humedad por lo que teniamos que estar muy bién hidratadas. Paramos un par de veces en starbucks para bebernos unos frappuccinos. El primer día vez nos cogimos las bebidas y nos fuimos a esplanadi a disfrutar de la gente y de la música en directo. El segundo día que paramos estaba lloviendo por lo que nos quedamos dentro disfrutando de caer la lluvia. Recomiendo el frappuccino de galletas de chocolate, delicioso.

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    Market square stall: Lunch time

    by lina112 Written Aug 17, 2014

    Eating at market square is a good option and value of price. The stall are full of food and you can choose between local and international food. We had batter-fried prawns and fried calamari with a soft drink. We took the food and went to esplanadi where we had a fantastic time.

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