Barbecue: Do it yourself ;)
In many places around Finland you have the chance to use barbecue places somewhere in the woods or other nature areas. These places are for free and even fire wood is provided. Only your food you will have to bring with you.
Favorite Dish: Sausage and steaks :)))
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Pannupizza: Pizza and Cidre
This was an inexpensive, clean, and good restaurant. The picture is of my brother and I celebrating his arrival in Oulu (he also works at Nokia). I did not really care for the Finnish beer however a good substitute was the Apple Cidre.
Favorite Dish: Local Apple Cidre! There are two or three types of apple cidre based upon the alchohol content. I drank the strongest brew because it was "sec" and not as sweet as the others. The pizza was good too!
Restaurant Istanbul: Delicious Turkish food
Restaurant Istanbul was referred to us by locals as a great place to eat Turkish food in Oulu. The town, as most Finnish cities, has several kebab joints that serve washed out junk food version of Turkish cousine.
This place, however, is completely different. We enjoyed an extremely well done set of meals on their sunny patio, watching people walking busily in between Oulu's shops. The service was courtesy and fast, also check out worked flawlessly timewise. Restaurant's location could not be better, it's in the intersection of two pedestrian streets, facing Stockmann.
The only but is the price. Main courses are hovering around 20€ each and there is no lunch menu.
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Uusi Seurahuone: Almost excellent
Uusi Seurahuone is the poshiest restaurant cluster in Oulu, renovated with big money in an old building next to the market square and harbour. There are several restaurants and a couple bars in the complex.
The main restaurant, Uusi Seurahuone, is located on the former inner yard that has been covered with a glass ceiling. Old red bricks are still visible on the walls and the whole redevelopment combines new and old in a stylish manner.
The food is good, but not maybe excellent. The service is not always on par with the rest of the experience. It is courteous and swift, but human touch is missing and waiters don't look like that they would do anything (and I mean anything :) for the customer.
Overall, if you are having business lunches or dinners in Oulu, this restaurant is a good and safe choice. For more intimate occasions, consider smaller scale with better service.
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Tomo: Tasty sushi
Tomo Sushibar is a small scale sushi restaurant in Oulu, nearby Rotuaari. The place was deserted on Wednesday evening, so we were a bit hesitant to order anything. Fortunately we did, as the sushi was an extremely pleasant surprise -- it was tasty, imaginative and inexpensive.
The restaurant itself is a mix of Japanese sushibars and western modernism. Overall quite nice place and I could envision myself spending some time with good friends and good sushi. The service was swift and as already mentioned, the price was decent.
Hopefully the restaurant can survive, as there is not enough good sushi restaurants in Finland -- especially outside Helsinki.
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Kauppatorin Kahvila Makasiini: Café in old wooden warehouse
During summertime, the best place to enjoy the busy shoppers of Oulu market square is Kauppatorin Kahvila Makasiini -- a café carefully built inside an old wooden harbour warehoure.
The patio is the best place to be on sunny days, and the interiors have cozy charms while its raining. The café serves various coffees, cold drinks, home made pastries and small snacks. The price and quality ratio is excellent; our sweet rolls with soft drinks for three were a little bit more than 10€.
Rosso Oulu: Best finnish pizzas
Plenty of restaurants found here. We chose the italian Rosso Restaurant found at the city centre. It was great and quite good value.
Favorite Dish: Fantasy RUIS-pizza is great, try it. 4 toppings of your choice, less than 10 euros. And it's some sort of an finnish mix of an italian classic dish.. :) oh well.
Amarillo: Good enough fusio-Mexican
Amarillo is a centrally located fusio-Mexican restaurant and night club on Rotuaari in Oulu. Amarillo is a chain of restaurants around Finland, operated by the co-operative S-Group. Usually (and as in Oulu), they can be found at Sokos Hotels.
Amarillo has a wide variety of menu items from the both sides of the Tex-Mex border. Some portions have got influences from Lousiana and Missisippi cooking.
The food is okay, not superb but really worth the cost. They do not offer any specific lunch list, but you can order anything from the menu. Service is good and personal, sometimes a bit slow.
Pikku Thai - Little Thai: Spice up your life
Oh get it mild in here, if you are not willing to sweat! Pikku Thai (Little Thai in English) is definitely pro what comes to using their spices. I do like food hot and spiced and usually choose the level two what comes to hot, but here even the number one is well... very spicy. Poor Honey of mine chose the level three, because usually he is able to digest that easily.
So, I watched him sweating and tearing that octopus dinner... But the food is great. Very yummy actually. And the lunch time special is only 6,50 €....
Favorite Dish: Vegetarian ones with coconut.
Advent Church: Vegetarian 'Restaurant'
Because this is Oulu, there aren't any good vegetarian specialized restaurants around. I mean Oulu is a relatively large town in terms of Finland but on the other hand, things come here slower. A lot slower actually.
So no good vege places yet. Any coming, we shall see. But there is this hidden treasure kind of place, where you will get good vegan food with low price. Daily meny with soup and lunch, you will get both with the price you pay. 5,50 euros, but 4 for students, unemployees etc.etc.
Favorite Dish: The restaurant is hosted by Advent Church, but don't be alarmed, it is just a restaurant attached to a church. No need to read bible, unless you don't want to.
Open on weekdays until 17 = 5pm. Daily menus and other info you will find from www.etra.fi
Flavour Palace: Very Tasty Chinese Food
Flavour Palace is an ordinary looking Chinese restaurant located in the centre of Oulu, near Rotuaari walking district. The place itself is very typical Chinese restaurant in Finland; a little tacky interior, wide variety of foods and efficient service.
One thing set this place apart from the others: taste. The name of the restaurant really describes the food; no bland basic Chinese food served in every corner of the country, but fully flavoured and spicy food that really tastes extremely good.
The price is a little bit below compared to Chinese restaurants in Helsinki, probably in par with the local competitors.
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Cafe Bisketti: The Best Café in Oulu
Cafe Bisketti is by far the best café I have encountered in Oulu. The cakes and buns are big enough to cater for the whole day (and maybe big part of the following one), the selection is excellent, the service is swift and prices are decent. The location at the Rotuaari walking street is superb, too.
The place may get crowded during busy hours and sometimes Bisketti gets too noisy.
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Nohandra: Our 'local' low budget place
Well, I don't think is is the place you are looking for a fine dining, but it is quite close to where I live and me and my roomie end up here once in a while. It is a pizza/kebab/everything place with lunch starting from 4euros. So good for student budget.
Favorite Dish: Well, Hanna prefers pizza. I try to change the portions everytime. Pizzas are pretty good. Ask more of garlic.
Ravintola Pannu: Cozy and nicely decorated restaurant
Pannu was one famous of its pan pizzas, but now it has much more to offer too, but pizzas are still good, I have heard. I think this is the nicest place around here what comes to decorating and atmosphere, the wooden tables, design lamps and changing art is what I prefer. This is a good place for a date but they can also easily arrange business meeting with long tables on the center.
I would name this to be on TOP3 restaurants in Oulu. It is popular among everyone, not too pricy and offers very good food with great variety.
Favorite Dish: I like many of those, goat cheese salad was great. Their strenght is to have wide range from vegetarian to beef, to pork, to birds, sometimes even to buffalo. Plus then pizzas and wines. Menus are also available in English too.
Istanbul Oriental: Turkish Food
If you want very good food and central location and you are willing to pay a bit extra, Istanbul might be your choice then. This restaurant has a good reputation and old group loyal customers, not without a reason. Bahri, the owner, has done an excellent job building and maintaining this restaurant over years and years. It is definitely one of those places, where you go to have a good food and great service.
Istanbul has won many prices in Garlic Eve festival for its great developed garlic portions and especially for the vegatarian ones. Plus Bahri, the owner, has the titel of Maître Rôtisseur.
Favorite Dish: I like the garlic ones. All of them I guess;)
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