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“Great atmosphere, decent, horrible service.” 3 of 5 stars
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Paakonttori
Mikonkatu 23, Helsinki 00100, Finland (Vironniemi)
020 1234 800
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Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romance, Doing business
Neighborhood: Vironniemi
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“Great atmosphere, decent, horrible service.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011 via mobile

We had high hopes for this place based on the reviews. However, it was just OK. Our waitress seemed overwhelmed and made several errors, but couldn't admit them:
"Of course I brought you the wrong entree - the one you ordered is still being prepared!" Which makes about as much sense as her excuse for accidently charging us for 2 glasses of wine instead of one: "You ordered a LARGE glass - that's TWO glasses - duh!"

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
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English first
nottingham
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Central, elegant - but hidden away.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

The restaurant is in a far corner of the bleak square to the east of the central railway station. The entrance is not obvious, and nothing about the area prepares you for the elegance of the interior - once past the opulent bar, you're seated in a high-ceilinged Art Deco room, discreetly lit and spaciously laid out. Apparently the building is the headquarters of (I think) the Finnish Co-Op society, and I understand that it has nothing to do with the Radisson hotel next door; anyway, it's suitably grand. The food is Finnish, with only one or two dishes for vegetarians, but the aubergine risotto I had was perfectly acceptable; others in the party had fish dishes, which were well received. Prices (without wine or desserts) were moderate by Helsinki standards. Given the handsome interior, excellent value.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Italian doesn't get better than this”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

Wonderful service, excellent food, very agreeable ambience, worth every euro for a great night out.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Helsinki, Finland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“excellent menu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011

Food was fresh and very tasty. Atmosphere was nice and romantic.

  • Visited January 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very beautiful restaurant but the waitresses are a bit cold for my taste. Smile once in a while would be nice. Food is...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2008

Very beautiful restaurant but the waitresses are a bit cold for my taste. Smile once in a while would be nice. Food is delicious but a bit expensive. Location next to the theatre makes this a great place to go have a glass of wine after a performance. The waiter in the bar is nice.

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