We wandered into this place, looking for dinner our first night in Helsinki. A very friendly server showed us to a corner table, where we rearranged the seats so we sat at the corner rather than facing each other. I decided to try the reindeer, which was excellent. We had very good wine and a fantastic lemon dessert. Our service was not only prompt, but very helpful and friendly. She recommended their partner restaurant, Strindberg, which we tried the next night. But I really wanted to come back here, a very unusual thing for me to do, and we returned on our third night in Helsinki. Our server remembered us and showed us to "our" table. This time I had herring prepared three ways (she helped me choose three out of the possible six), with boiled potatoes, and it was wonderful. She said this is a typical Finnish summer dish. We asked about the building, which is very stately. The dining room has large columns, not at all bistro style. We had determined that it must have been a bank, since the restrooms are behind a vault door, and she confirmed that it had been a state bank, where her family had actually banked. It has been a restaurant for three years.
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