This is my first post in hopefylly long series of extraordinary hints for foreigners to survive in Finland.
So if you want to taste some ordinary finnish homecooking in Helsinki, head for restaurant Sea Horse at Kapteeninkatu 11.
Among those ordinary steaks and schnitsels there are some pearls on their menu. You might wat to try "Perinteiset lihapullat". A no nonsense serving of meatballs with mash and brown sauce.
Extremist may want to taste "Kaalikääryleet". Cabbage leaves stuffed with mixture of ground meat, rice and onion. Served again with mash and lingonberry jam.
If you fancy fish, go for "Rapeaksi paistetut silakat". Pile of fried small and crispy baltic herrings. To not stand out among natives, do not leave a crumb of fish on your plate. Eat them all, bones, fins and everything. Served again with nice mountain of mash.
Nice light lunch for two is big bowl of "Kermainen lohikeitto". Creamy soup with chunks of salmon, potatoe and onion. Big enough for two to share, just ask for the second plate. Served with toasted traditional finnish rye bread.
Dont count on fancy salads here. You may find ocassional slices of picled cucumber or beetroot on you plate, but that's all for veggies here.
The food is just like my granny used to make it. Simple, quite salty and crammed with butter. Maybe that's why we have a high rate of cardiovascular diseases he in Finland.
To get there just take tram 3T or 3B. Its a circular line.
If you still can eat some dessert, my advice is to take a stroll to "merisatamanranta", few blocks south to grab a cone of icecream, and and enjoy it at the marina there. (considering you are visiting at summertime).
Forgive me for my lousy english grammar.