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“Wonderful food and staff”

Restaurant Chef & Sommelier
Ranked #63 of 1,552 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed November 18, 2013

Everything you read about this small, intimate, restaurant is truly accurate. There were 8 courses available and we choose 4. When the staff presented the courses they explained what they were and what they contained. The ingredients were fresh (organic) and some of the vegetables were picked by the owner at local farms. The dining experience lasted almost 3 hours and when we walked away we were definitely not hungry. Truly unique and special about this restaurant is that the owner visits each table and talks with the guests. We even had a tour of the very small kitchen. If you are looking for a truly unique dining experience, this is the place to eat. Reservations are a must and should be made weeks before arriving.

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

This is the restaurant that I booked my trip to Helsinki around.
From the moment we walked it, all expectations were met and exceeded.
Handwritten wine list full of amazing small batch wonders. The Sommelier offered excellent guidance and antidotes on his favorite wineries.
Chef Laukkonen came to talk with us and served us vegetables that had been picked from one of his gardens that morning. He told us the inspiration for his carrot dish and the sauce from the carrot greens. I was inspired by his passion and skill with raw ingredients.
Every course and glass of wine were in harmony. The dessert to coffee were the perfect endings to a memorable evening. This meal continues to be my top choice and an inspiration.

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Reviewed October 16, 2013

We had a four course dinner here with my husband and loved it. Chef & Sommelier serves delicious food set beautifully. The taste mix in each portion was pure and offered us nice surprises here and there. They really love food and making it and it shows. You can feel how they know their ingredients and know how to honor each of them. It's just the right amount of fine dining without being pretentious or too much of everything.

The service is even better than the food, if possible. The whole staff is so friendly and capable. They really know their stuff. You can get service at least in Finnish, Swedish and English.

My favorite foods were root vegetables with different mushrooms (with a few cranberries, yum!), turnip with salvia butter (stole that from the husband :-) ) and black currant sorbet that was served as extra. I ended my meal with a nice talk about tea - the sommelier knows not only wines but teas as well.

I'm going back.

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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Everything we read about the restaurant was justified. We contacted them prior to leaving Australia and they managed to find a date that suited us both. The restaurant is very small and although we were arriving late from Stockholm, they were happy to accommodate us. We relied on the recommendations made by the staff for both food and wine. What was particularly impressive was the quality of the cooking and service despite the Chef being absent at a promotion in Tallin. We were given the menus and the waiter went through every dish in detail so there were no surprises. Their dishes are all organic and the vegetables are grown by the restaurant. Upon delivering the food, the waiter then went through the dish while it is in front of you and explained everything on the plate. As we are interested in wine, a similar process was followed by the Sommelier.

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1  Thank Rex06
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Cannot praise the restaurant highly enough. We have just finished a 3 week holiday in Scandinavia which included meals also at Geranium and Relea in Copenhagen and at Frantzen in Stockholm - but this meal left the rest for dead (at one fifth of the cost of some of the others). We have never met a chef who has been so involved in the produce and able to treat it with so much respect and classical techniques to produce stunning dishes. We ate the chef's 7 course tasting menu which combines the base menu with the extra vegetarian dishes. We loved the engaging conversation with the chef about the produce and why he has done what he has done with it. Highlights were the salad from the restaurants kitchen garden (who needs 46 ingredients indeed), the chanterelles with root vegetables, the lamb 4 ways and the blackcurrent ice cream. Each dish highlighted the central ingredients. I would travel out of my way to come back to Helsinki to eat here again. The wine match was outstanding also with each wine working in perfect harmony with the main dish.

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