Mannerheimintie 3 -5
We read about this in our guide book and couldn't resist trying it out. It is indeed touristy but fun and gave us a chance to try some Finnish country food. The place decorated with stuffed deer , and cowsmand a tractor or two and lots of farm house gear from long ago . I had the venison with mashed potatoes and a thin gravy ...it was great . Pat had the sausage and potatoes which was equally good. I had a glass of the cranberry wine it was strong and good...sort of like port. dinner and drinks for two came to $75.00.not bad for Helsinki.
Favorite Dish: Liked the cranberry wine.
The question marks in the heading, the first one is easy. Zetor is name on tractor brand coming from Czechoslovakia, very well known here during 60 and 70's. They still manufacture those but with different standards if you know what I mean.
But back to restaurant, we used to have a Rock'n Roll band called Leningrad Cowboys. They even had a common concert with Russian Army Singers and were using funny clothes, cone hair and long black shoes. Definitely they had fun when performing and they (mostly Sakke Järvenpää) planned the decoration to this restaurant.
Difficult to define, but let's say it is local, Finnish restaurant, at least they use Finnish materials. But the decoration is a parodies of Finnish old movies and countryside, as Tractor and tractors are saying.
Check the web pages, you understand better what I mean, they say there that they are "The official sponsor of all tractor men and tractor women since 1991"
Sun - Mon 12.00 - 24.00 (Kitchen all hours)
Tue 12.00 - 03.00 (Kitchen 12.00 - 02.00)
Wed - Sat 12.00 - 04.00 (Kitchen 12.00 - 03.00)
Favorite Dish: You can have reindeer, rainbow trout, beetroot, blinis and my recommendation Pro Karelian Hot Spot (containing beef, pork and lamb with boiled potatoes, lingonberry jam and pickled gherkin. Or if you are brave take grilled liver (served with mashed potatoes, root vegetables, lingonberry and pepper sauce), one of my favorites also.
Potatoes are served here everywhere I think that those are one source of our survival here in cold north circumstances.
This is your chance to get a feel of what finnish ordinary food is.. Some well-made dishes.. great food that will leave a smile on your face! The interior is nicely done with a rural theme with tractors and all..
Favorite Dish: The meatballs and blueberry pie were great and left me wanting more!
Very special atmosphere with funny decorating. Very popular - mostly among tourists so you find crowds of them there. this also makes the prices a little bit higher. Sometimes crowded and hectic. But a nice place to have a beer or two. Don't miss to hang around in the early evening.
Favorite Dish: beer
I only go here when have visitors in Helsinki and when I want to take them to see a local, untypical Finnish place. I have been here many times but unfortuantely the menu and quality have dropped, they do not have anymore Kalakukko and even my favourite rye beer is not available anymore.
Zetor restaurant was recommended to us as a good place if you wanted to try Reindeer.
With only one night in Helsiki well it had to be done.
The atmosphere is very cool. Similar to german I'd say in character. The menu are designed as if they are newspapers
Favorite Dish: I went the Reindeer. I'd have to say it was only OK. Nothing flash. Not a generous helping.
Other meals on the menu seemed to be a it more substantial. Perhaps I'm just a bit harse due to being used to western style big portions.
Rudolph was great. Sorry kids it's not my fault Santa's christmas presents may be late. Blame the chef. He cooked it for me.
A bar with tractors?! Different, we thought! And then there was the gold-panning paraphernalia on the walls of the restaurant - I confess, I couldn't resist stroking the reindeer skin next to our table repeatedly!
The menu is traditional Finnish food, updated for every season, and there's a pretty wide choice, including locally caught fish. Selected dishes are even organic. The pea and ham soup, apparently a staple of the army diet, comes in a tin canteen! There's also plenty of the lovely rye bread to go around, and even a home-made rye beer.
The waiters are attentive without hovering, although when it gets busy you may have to wait a little while between courses - this is no bad thing, if you're going for all three, you need a while to let the main settle before attempting one of their delicious desserts!
Favorite Dish: Reindeer with oven cheese - beautifully cooked meat, and the baked cheese goes with it and the potatoes surpisingly well. A real treat.
Zetor is a Czech tractor factory, situated in Brno. Production commenced at the remnants of the metal foundry Zbrojovka in 1946. Since then more than a million tractors have been produced and sold world wide.
The Helsinki "branch" has never produced nor sold a single tractor. It is a pub / restaurant designed to make cowboys, dairymaids, peasants and tractor lovers feel at home. Design is said to be based on ideas of members of the band / frequent guests Leningrad Cowboys. This was the location of my second VT meeting, and the first one on the januar 2006 road trip. We had a great time! Being urbane did not prevent me from enjoying the ambience, and the company of the road trip gang and the local VTers made it even better :-)
I don't have any pictures of myself "driving" the in situ tractors, but there is one on Brad's Helsinki page and in the meeting gallery.
Sunday - Monday: 3 pm - 1 am
Tuesday: 3 pm - 3 am
Wednesday - Friday: 3 pm - 4 am
Saturday: 11 am - 4 am
The kitchen, which prepares delicious finnish meals, is open until 30 minutes before closing time.
zetor restaurant is owned by a member of the finnish band "lenningrad cowboys" and is a rather odd but very nice place to spend an evening.
the restaurant is dominated by old soviet zetor tractors that are all over the place between the tables where you are eating.
one of the many odd things about the place is that the menu is posted on tetrapak cartons.
i thought that was a cool way to present the food.
If you want to get a culture shock and a glimpse of the idyllic mental image of old times Finnish countryside, go to restaurant Zetor. The restaurant is famous for its traditional Finnish meals, very funky decor, and really odd menus -- you have to be careful to understand what you are ordering in reality. Fortunately, the waiters are glad to help.
The decoration is worth of a few mentions. The place looks sort of a old Finnish barn and there are several real tractors (Zetors) used as tables. The walls are covered with Finnish countryside memorabilia that probably does not open to you unless you have a native Finn explaining the nuances.
As a sidenote, the food is also good.
Zetor is located on a prime spot in Helsinki center, between the railway station and Stockmann department store.
We visited Zetor on New Years Eve; it wqs busy and the atmosphere was very festive. There is of course the restaurant area, along with the bar and a good sized area for dancing. I have to admit that it did appear to have a mature clientele, but all the same it was good fun.
Interesting design concept, but mind your head for low flying tractor parts and buckets.
Favorite Dish: Steak, chips and salad
Zetor was mentioned in every guide book that I had on Helsinki, so we decided to give it a try. The restaurant is large, but the seatin area was quite small...the remainder of the place was used as a bar. The restaurant is tractor themed and, as such, the restaurant has a rather rustic feel. The menu has something for everyone on it...and it is also a quite interesting read. Each food item has a story describing it.
I are a Karelian stew with potatoes and it was excellent. Very much like American pot raost and potatoes. My father had green pea soup, which was a meal in its own right.
Prices were what you might expect in Finland. Higher than you might expect, but I felt the food was worth it.
It's not much for people who really know how Chinese food should be like, but atleast it's run&owned by Chinese...
Zetor is something you really can't describe... Just go and drop in to see the lovely ond tractor!
Favorite Dish: Any chichen dish really, the spicy ones.
Quite a unique place, with three tractors in the restaurant. Its a Finnish restaurant as i said in the title. Its reasonably priced and the food and service was great. Very central.
It is also a popular pub in the evenings, mainly people over 28.
The decoration is worth the pictures !! There are deer heads on the wall and it's like they've been hunting them just the day before and just for you!
Before you leave don't forget to pass by the toilet ! We don't know about the men's but in the ladies there are interesting pin-ups pictures ;o)))))
and of course the staff was very nice ! Kiitos !
Favorite Dish: DEFINITELY GO FOR THE MEATBALLS! It's delicious. It's a typical dish in Finland and it's very rich. It comes with mashed potatoes and beetroots.