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I have eaten here several times over the years and never been disappointed. This time around we wanted to enjoy the New Years Eve dinner there, but unfortuntately the place was fully booked for the evening, so we had to opt for an early meal....The day before we were informed that there was a cancellation,and we could switch to a later hour. Nice showcase of customer-centricity.
As it was a packed night, the regular a la carte was replaced by four set menu’s. This was a good solution to secure timely service and happy diners. We had some fantastic blinis to start with, followed by arctic char (exquisitely fried) with mashed potatoes and root vegetables, while the vegetarians selected mushroom risotto, and sweet potato with goat cheese - both really tasty. Blueberry pie was a nice way to round up the meal.
The service was extremely friendly, and personnel apologetic for being slow (due to being so full) - which we did not even notice. The interior is fun mix of traditional lapland, fine dining, and some cheesy paintings on the walls.
We went to this place based on reviews on TripAdvisor, and the food was surprisingly delicious!
The place was really cute in a rustic way, and our waitress was really friendly and nice.
I got the king crab soup and my husband got the salmon...soup. They were both delicious, though the king crab soup tasted more like lobster bisque (not complaining here!). For main we got the steak and king crab as we were not feeling adventurous with the reindeer meat. It was delicious and the sauce was tasty, however they served prawns instead of king crab and I wish they had told us that earlier. for the dessert we got the blueberry cake with ice cream and oh my, it was the best blueberry cake I’ve ever had.
Overall we had a great dining experience here and would highly recommend this place!More
We decided to visit restaurant again after summer break, we craved for amazing prawns and reindeer burger, but to our surprise menu has been changed and these two amazing dishes are not on it any more. I think Petronellas pulled reindeer burger was best in...Lapland. So instead we went for some pepper steak, which was cooked perfectly, but did not go well with some red sauce and vegetables on the plate. The plate just didn't look interesting.
Service was very good but you can see a change, specially if you visited restaurant before, mostly in food.
I hope that reindeer burger and prawns will be back on the menu.More
There is dish called snowgrouse, reindeer chops and elk tenderloin. This this dish has pork (bacon) as well but it isn't mentioned. I complained about it and recommended to make changes to the menu as there is a lot people like me who eat only...wild meat and informed about muslims who don't eat pork either. No refund and the menu remains still the same, even I filled feedback form on their website.
Otherwise atmosphere & service was nice and wine recommendation was great!More
Thank you Petronella for the dinner, delicious food and beautiful Lappish atmosphere. I visit Saariselkä yearly and Petronella is on the must visit list.
My favourite is Lappish cheese candy with cloudberries, definitely a unique dessert to taste.
We visited in the restaurant 5.9.2019 when it opens for a season. The food and service in so amazing.
After delicious tastes we decided to visit next day as well. Unfortunately that was our last day in Saariselkä, so we didn't have time to...taste whole menu. But this gives us a good reason to travel to Saariselkä.
The location is a little remote from hotels, but even after long walk in the nature during the day it is a worth of taking few more to visit in this restaurant.
I can truly remommended this restaurant.More
Date of visit: September 2019
Vipeh1, Head waiter at Restaurant Petronella, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2019
Thank you so much for your nice review!
It was so nice that you visited our restaurant!
Hope you have safe trip home and you are more than
welcome to visit us again.