We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Well presented but real quality Food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Aito

Aito
Museokatu 29, Helsinki, Finland (Kampinmalmi)
9 4544303
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #30 of 1,009 Restaurants in Helsinki
Cuisines: European, Scandinavian, Contemporary
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Kampinmalmi
FINLAND
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Well presented but real quality Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Its a very nice small quite restaurant and the people really are very service minded too. There menu is very well chosed and the quality is very good value for money.In the spring and summer a nice walk to the center of Helsinki

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

57 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    32
    21
    3
    0
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Helsinki, Finland
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“(Genuine) Finnish Food can be good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We have visited Aito a number of times, last time before Easter with Italian friends. As always, it was a genuine and nice experience all around. Food was very good, wine recommendations spot on and service excellent. It was particularly nice to be able to show our Italian friends the quality of Finnish food these days - they were genuinely impressed with the quality of ingredients (salmon, lamb, dove), the standard of cooking with nice modern twist and the friendly and impeccable service. This time we skipped the dessert,but the two-course menu was very good and good value for money (in line with similar places of this standard, even slightly less).

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Helsinki, Finland
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Very good indeed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Excellent experience in every way! The place is nice and small, the food was delicious and the service both flexible and friendly. Very good and thought through wine recommendations. I personally also like fixed prices for a two or three course menu and thought the food prices were reasonable and the wine package very much so.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Finland
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“It's Real”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Usually you either get the food or service right - in this restaurant you'll get both. Specially the service feels so smooth and effortless. The problem is that you'll expect this level of service everywhere after you've been here.

Prices are reasonable considering food quality and taste, service is excellent. The menu change every ~6 week, so if you want to spend your money on a great restaurant experience every now and then, this is the place in Helsinki region to go. Try the wine package with the menus also, and remember to make the table reservation in advance. It's quite booked at evenings.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Helsinki, Finland
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Simple yet innovative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

I've been eyeing this restaurant for a long time but been a bit turned off by the name ("real" or "genuine" in English), which in my opinion is kinda too obvious for a restaurant of this style. Well, it turned out you shouldn't judge a restaurant by its name... We got two Chef's Menus for the price of one (booked via TableOnline.fi, the offer's valid until Valentine's Day) which meant that the price-quality ratio was just spectacular. Even the normal price of 52 euros (+ 5 euros for the cheeses) is very reasonable considering what you get for your money.

So, what do you get? Five courses: two starters, two mains (optional cheeses) and a dessert. The starters we got were pike ballotine and venison carpaccio, and both were lovely, but I liked the pike maybe a little better because that was honestly the first time I've tasted pike that was neither bland nor overly seasoned to hide the, um, blandness typical for the kind of fish. Also the sides were clever and delicious. The main courses were burbot and lamb shank, and they were both brilliant. The lamb shank was just unbelievable: lamb shanks are generally my favorite meat already, but the one I had yesterday was still even better than I could imagine. The South African Pinotage paired with the lamb made the whole experience even better.

The cheese plate is written on the blackboard as "a pair of cheeses" and that is exactly what it was: two pieces of cheese, a well known Finnish blue cheese called Peltola Blue and a brie called Valma from the Kolattu farm. We also got a piece of Aito's rye crisp and a dollop of tomato compote which tasted curiously like cloudberries. What a brilliant combination.

The dessert was a baked alaska, which seems to be getting back in fashion and I can't complain - I mean, it's a perfect combination of fresh and sweet, warm and cold. It had a tiny pear compote on the side as well as some orange jelly/marmalade type thing in a shot glass. Accompanying the dessert was a small glass of German dessert wine, which had a lower alcohol content than usual, and it made the freshness in the food stand out even more.

All in all, we paid a bit under 60 euros per person for all of this greatness (the menu for half the price, halved wine menu, cheeses and coffees) and I have to say I can't imagine a better use for money. Even if we didn't get the deal from TableOnline it would have been totally worth the money. I think this became my favorite restaurant at the moment. Aito's menu changes about ten times a year and the next time it'll change around February 18, so that's when we'll probably visit again.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Aito also viewed

Helsinki, Southern Finland
Helsinki, Southern Finland
 
Helsinki, Southern Finland
Helsinki, Southern Finland
 

Been to Aito? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Aito, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.