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“Cozy and very Finnish in an elegant way”

Restaurant Karljohan
Ranked #68 of 1,597 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $37 - $147
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Kampinmalmi
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Conveniently located in the market section of town but tucked away on a side street so is very private. On line reservations work well, and the setting is typical Scandinavian simple elegance. Wait staff is attentive and friendly and facile in English, probably other languages as well. Expect to pay 50 euros for a decent meal, but they had 3 prixe-fixe meals in that range that were nice with a mix of seafood and "turf" meat, although I was disappointed that they did not have reindeer that night. Very tasty and excellent presentation, but the wait time for food was long (very small kitchen), and the portions are more like appetizers, at best. You will not gain weight on their account! Overall, pleasant, relaxed meal in walking distance from the Sokos Presidentti Hotel.

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Thank occdocbill
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

I initially visited Karl Johan for lunch, based on the good reviews and reasonable prices. The restaurant offers 8 or so lunch options that change daily--the website seems to be updated very diligently with the next days lunch specials, albeit in Finnish only (Google Translate to the rescue!). Prices range from 10e-19e for entrees, and includes salad and bread (to which you help yourself next to the cashier counter after you have ordered). I opted for the sautéed reindeer with mashed potatoes and lingonberries, although I noted that the meatloaf was very popular with the large lunch crowd (which appeared to be mostly local patrons). My entree was excellent--the reindeer was flavorful and not overcooked--but the delicious poppy seed bread stole the show for me.

I enjoyed the lunch so much that I returned for dinner with my traveling companions. Dinner prices are steeper, but average or below for central Helsinki standards, I think. Our table had the reindeer starter, butternut squash soup, vorschmack, fish of the day (grilled salmon with dill sauce), and calf cheek. All of the dishes were done well, particularly the calf cheek, which was very tender. Of course, the poppy seed bread made a return appearance, this time accompanied by a tasty tapenade. The restaurant is not large, but there were only 3 or 4 other tables occupied when we went around 7:30 p.m. on a Wednesday evening in January, so we did not need reservations.

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

I was searching around Helsinki for a good local place to eat and not touristy. Stumbled upon this place based on TripAdvisor recommendations and it didn't disappoint. Food was excellent and the tasting menus were set a three difference price levels. Good representation of Finnish fare. Wines are reasonably priced as well. Place is small but consistent with the area. Recommendation granted!

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Thank Locovore
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Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

Yes let's a write my experience.
The dishes would like to seem dishes from super restaurant, with this small portion and good presentation but the taste is completely another thing. No savour at all. It is not worth a menu for 50 bucks.
Not good.

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Thank millyxxx
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Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

Used trip advisor to find my best option near where i was at the time and this very local gem came up. Blackboard menu in finnish (but the staff speak english as well) refreshed me enough to continue sightseeing in zero degrees.

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