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“Very ambitious and interesting chef's menu at Särkänlinna” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Sarkanlinna

Restaurant Sarkanlinna
Sarkansaari, Helsinki 00130, Finland
+358 (0)9 1345 6756
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Ranked #145 of 1,016 Restaurants in Helsinki
Cuisines: French, Scandinavian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Description: Särkänlinna provides a magnificent premise for any kind of function from elegant weddings, private parties to romantic island dinners in Helsinki.The Sarkanlinna menu is influenced by Nordic cuisine, and you can taste the best seasonal Finnish ingredients in the dishes of this summer restaurant especially famous for its traditional crayfish parties.
Helsinki, Finland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Very ambitious and interesting chef's menu at Särkänlinna”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We had the chef's menu for two, and this turned out to be one of the most interesting dinners we ever had. The chef for this summer prepared very special courses, with sometimes surprising combinations of ingredients that worked very well together. Among the five + two extra dishes especially memorable were a cold soup combining manna porridge with cucumber and a fantastically tender and tasty goose. And the desserts -- first one had mushroom icecream, which sounded crazy but worked really well, and second one was a really beautiful combination of among others flower petals and rose icecream.

Also the service was working really well. Great cudos for the young ambitious chef, he might still go far.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Perfect Helsinki dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The concierge at the Fabian Hotel suggested this restaurant. He said it was somewhere he took his wife every five years! And we now know why it's such a treat. Getting there on the boat was a nice little adventure to start the evening , and walking up to the old prison past the resident geese and their chicks was lovely. The restaurant itself is unique and very attractive and there's a view of the sea from every window. We chose the Chef's menu which consisted of six beautifully presented, extremely tasty courses - two starters, two mains and two desserts, with a little spoonful of beetroot and goats cheese to whet the appetite. The waiter and waitress were very attentive and pleasant and seemed genuinely to care that we enjoyed ourselves - which we did, immensely! It wasn't cheap - but we felt it was very good value for such an enjoyable experience.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Espoo, Southern Finland, Finland
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67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Summer business dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Shared a table with party of eight. This restaurant is on an island called Särkkä few minutes ferry ride from the pier at Kaivopuisto park. Location is of course beautiful, especially if the weather is good and you can enjoy the experince to its full. Restaurant is on the top floor of a old ammo warehouse, used also as prison at some parts of its history. Restaurant floor is tilted 14 degrees, which you will definitively notice at least when coming in (maybe not anymore when leaving the place). Menu is focusing on two set menus of three courses and one bit more extended tasting menu if everybody on the table agrees to stick into it. Same courses are also available from the ala carte with few additions. Wine list is quite short and not most inspirational, some safe choises are available. But again, I would recommend to move from current high margin wine pricing into more towards fixed margin scheme to allow people to select highger quality wines with a bit more reasonable pricing. With wine list like this, you might end up enjoying (not?) very average wines with quite a high price. Food is ok, service is great. Boat trip fee (6 euros) per person is added to your bill automatically. Some extra mile and this place could improve the price / overall quality a lot. Menu at the restaurant's website was not the same offered at the table.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Helsinki, Finland
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15 restaurant reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great food, lovely surroundings and attentive staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We had an excellent evening at Särkänlinna. The boat ride took about three minutes and from the pier it was only a short (and idyllic) walk to the restaurant. Great atmoshpere inside and nice views on Helsinki and the sea. The service was fast and very friendly. I had a three-course meal and my husband had a five-course meal, but the dishes were served in a good pace so that we were always able to eat at the same time. Do try the starter platter, it was very very tasty.

The only downside is that it is quite pricey, but youo do get good food and a great location for it.

The fare for the boat will be added to your bill automatically so you don't have to worry about having cash for the boat.

Be sure to walk around the island before or after having dinner.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great views, great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This restaurant is one of the many restaurants that are accessible by regular ferry service. Good food..!!!

Visited July 2013
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