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“Excellent food”
Review of Gaijin

Gaijin
Ranked #33 of 1,584 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Japanese, Korean
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed February 12, 2013

Just had a tasting (the smaller one) some days ago. I have to say that the whole menu was excellent! The portions look rather small but after the third or the fourth one you start to feel rather full. The taste and presentation of the dishes is innovative and absolutely delicious.
The tasting menu is not so expensive, around 60€ but when you add some wine etc, your dinner starts to be quite expensive but worth every euro.

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Thank violas2012
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Make no mistake, the food is innovative and tastes very good. Unfortunately, the interior and service don't match. We were there with my wife on a busy night. The place was full at the time. Tables are packed very tightly so that you almost touch you neighbour. There's no privacy at all. Some tables are terribly located by the door, where it can get uncomfortable when cold winter air is flowing in. Some are right by a corridor with staff running pass you all the time. It is also very noisy inside.

We had looked at the menu on the internet and had pretty much made up our mind before getting in. We had no intention having drinks at first. However, the waitress brought us only the drink list (just one, because she had ran out of them) and used a minute to explain the drinks and highly recommended having them. Before we could comment, she was away and we were left with a single drink list. It took her 15 minutes to come back and hear that we are happy with water. When she finally brought us the menu, she used another minute to explain their tasting menu and "strongly recommended" it. Alternatively, she explained how we should have at least 2 to 4 starters per person and another 1 to 2 mains per person. While this may be customary, she sounded like a vacuum cleaner sales rep rather than a waitress in a top restaurant. Not tactful in any way.

Twice did we disobey her recommendations which didn't feel particularly comfortable, but saved us another 100€, and we were perfectly happy with what we got. In fact, the butter fish, scallops and mussels were excellent. Despite a busy night, they came relatively quickly so no problem with the kitchen.

All in all, you get a feeling that they are milking their clients the best they can by giving recommendations, that are hard not to obey, and taking way too many people in.

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Really enjoyed having diner here. Liked the interior and atmosphere a lot!

And then the food, fantastic! Crispy soft shell crab, sesame scallops, korean salad, dim sum with tigerprawns, spicy chicken drum sticks and my most favorite pork belly!
Don't forget the drinks like the asian style Mojito with ginger and the good deserts.

Prices were reasonable, but not cheap. Decided to not go for the menu, but picked dishes ourselves and because of that we paid less then if we would have chosen a menu and had plenty of food. Service was good, we only could not find a waiter when we wanted to leave and pay the bill haha! Recommand this place to everyone!

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Thank PureNien
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Fantastic modern Asian kitchen. The tasting menu is a great experience along with well balanced cocktails.

Thank Thomas B
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Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

Gaijin is now my default restaurant choice when I'm in Helsinki. Excellent food at Helsinki prices! The decor is all dark and moody and unless you book you often have to sit in the bar area. Tables are quite close together which makes for a good atmosphere but your conversations aren't necessarily too private.

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Thank Tony_Breest
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