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Merimiehenkatu 18, Helsinki, Finland
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Ranked #16 of 1,016 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Japanese, Hawaiian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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  • Danish first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Saariselka, Finland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A small Hawaiian restaurant in Helsinki's punavuori. Easy to miss, we almost walked past it luckily found it in the corner of albertinkatu and merimiehenkatu. I'm glad that we had reservation cause otherwise we would left hungry. We had splendid starters consisting dumplings( loved them), beef tataki(also good) and snow crab croquets (good but weakest of these three). Mains were... More 

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Vantaa, Finland
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144 reviews 144 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

When we reserved the table i did not know what to expect, i had seen reviews that said the place is overhyped. I have to say, it is not. Wow! The place is like a hidden gem located at Punavuori, Helsinki. Place is really small reservation is really needed if you want to visit the place for dinner. I orded... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The menu is amazing, hard to pick something from there. I take the salmon teriyaki and it was super good. For dessert some chocolate brownie that was to die for. Remember to book, its hard to get a table there.

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Paris, France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Very nice place where you'll discove plenty of recipes and exotic flavors. Impressive cost/quality ratio for the nordic countries.

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We liked both starters and mains. The service was professional and above Helsinki standard in general.

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Helsinki, Finland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Hoku is one of my favourite restaurants in Helsinki. Really like the food there. It is a smalla place and maybe not that cozy. They could improve that easily. But please go and eat there!

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New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Found this place on here and decide to switch up dinner. We were tired of all the Scandinavian food. This place did not disappoint! The waitresses were super friendly and kind. And recommened some great stuff. I had the salmon and my dad had the pork belly. Both were loved! Small place though so on weekends you may need a... More 

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Espoo, Southern Finland, Finland
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96 reviews 96 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

For quick and light tasteful lunch at Helsinki, Hoku is highly recommended. Place is small, so lucky to get a table during the lunch hours. Selected Salmon Teriyaki, which was brought to the table within ten minutes from order. Very tasteful and excellent crips structure, lovely spices.

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London
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a unprepossessing neighbourhood restaurant that we would have loved to adore, given the fabulous reviews. But we found it merely adequate. The edamame were fine, with a bit of chile, but not outstanding. The pork belly was tender and flavoursome, with added cabbage that hardly seemed like kimchee. The gyoza my husband ordered could have been had at... More 

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Cham, Switzerland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Hoku is an excellent small Japanese restaurant in the design district of Helsinki. The restaurant menu is refreshing and unusual (e.g., beef neck and pork belly were on offer when we visited) with great flavor. For those looking for the normal and boring sushi experience, pleasure will be found elsewhere in Helsinki - it has plenty of sushi restaurants! The... More 

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Address: Merimiehenkatu 18, Helsinki, Finland
Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Southern Finland  >  Helsinki
Cuisine: Japanese, Hawaiian

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