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Review of Chef & Sommelier

Chef & Sommelier
Ranked #53 of 1,485 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Scandinavian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2014

We booked dinner here on the strength of Tripadvisor recommendations and by the time we arrived in Helsinki they had been awarded a well deserved Michelin star. The passion and ethos of the entire staff was invigorating and inspiring. The ingredients sublime and the innovation thrilling. Almost impossible to pick out highlights but the sorbet topped with kale was amazing and the salted butter pistache was unforgettable. I'd love to have somewhere with just a tenth of the joy and quality of this restaurant anywhere near home. The price was hugely reasonable by Helsinki standards too.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank deadyankee
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English first
Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nicht so gut”
Reviewed June 25, 2014

Tiny little restaurant that tries to be something, but they really aren't. There are much better restaurants in Helsinki! The food is the biggest dissapointment!

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank Su L
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London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Exquisite Organic Cuisine”
Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

I can't recommend this restaurant enough. Handled all food allergies effortlessly. Extremely well priced Michelin Star food - homemade, home grown produce.

Beautiful quaint restaurant that removes unnecessary "busy-ness" from dining and boils it down to it's basics- an incredibly passionate Chef and a well very knowledgable Sommelier.

Biggest treat of the evening was a " Tea" selection instead of a wine selection - a unique experience!

Thank you for a wonderful evening - we will be back.

Thank Eire_NiMhurchu
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“"Exceeded expectations"”
Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

Where to start..... we booked on the day of dining for the second sitting at 9pm. We were greeted be the sommelier and offered a glass of bubbles while we waited to be greeted at the table by the chef. The chef explained the menu and we decided on the "chefs menu" which was a chef chosen 7 course menu, we also requested accompanying wines (4 throughout all courses). We were here for 3 hours. Each dish was AMAZING and uniquely presented. Each course was presented by the chefs and explained in detail, their passion for fresh local produce was evident throughout. Well deserving of its michelin star! If you want a truly remarkable dining experience I recommend chef and sommelier!

1 Thank chris_melf
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Helsinki, Finland
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Finns can cook”
Reviewed May 16, 2014

Passion, authenticity, dedication, respect of the ingredients and hard work. These are the words that in our eyes, define restaurant Chef & Sommelier. You can taste them in the food like salt and pepper. The passion for the good, the absolute respect for the ingredients, the authenticity and honesty in the way they are prepared and cooked, the dedication and hard work toward one goal, and one goal only: to give the best possible culinary experience. It is reassuring that in a world engulfed by industrial junk food, chef Sasu and his staff give their absolute best, just to prove that at the end of the day, sheer quality always prevail. A Michelin star is testament of that. If like us and the many reviewers below, you believe that food is not a lost cause, then go. Just go. Perfect.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank SailaJerome
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