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“Dinner as a form of art”
Review of Spis

Spis
Ranked #65 of 1,552 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Scandinavian
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Tasty food, fresh ingredients and cosy service. Wine prices are decent.
Reviewed September 1, 2012

We found this restaurant by accident when looking for something nordic and authentic. The restaurant itself is very simple, charming and intimate. The restaurant has menu a la carte and something called a surprise menu. We decided to try surprise menu that leaves up to the chef what to make for different courses. There are some options how many dishes you want to have, we picked 5, which was perfect. They had guest chef so that day all dishes from that menu had flowers in it. The food was very unique, amazing presentation, staff was very knowledgable and professional. Great attention to details, even plates and cups were unique. We had great time and unforgettable food experience! I definatelly recommend this place!

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Reviewed August 29, 2012

I had a beatiful dinner there, service is delighting with care of all the details.
On 29/08 a new cook start so they have a new menu.(menu changes 10 times/year). He will change after 4 weeks.
Maitre offers great vine suggestions within their limited but great selection.

I didn't expect this high quality service in a so small restaurant that can seat ~16 people

- Offered an entry with fresh small carrot and other vegetable on mayonaise mushroom sauce
- Offered Ice cream flower taste - delicious
- Entry: Pumpinks on goat cheese and cream
- Wild fish (pike perch) on freh vegetables and polypoly sauce - delicious
- Offered "Smakling Spis" and candies made with pollen

Two corses with two glasses of very good wine for 58 Euro.
The 4 additional tasting two as entry and two at the end are offered.

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1  Thank Ccanzia
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Spis is a really small place (I think they can seat maybe 18 people) with a friendly staff and an inventive menu. We had the four-course "surprise menu" (but if you look at the menu ahead of time, it's short and so there aren't that many surprises) with wine pairings. The written menu descriptions (Cucumber and cheese, Chanterelle and leek, Whitefish and lettuce, dessert was "Peas and pancake" -- a sort of culinary pun) only hint at the complexity on the plate. Don't expect fancy china or white tablecloths, but the service was flawless.

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1  Thank Jeff940
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

We had a reservation at Spis for 6 people, and received excellent service and delicious food over the course of our meal, including for those in our party with food restrictions. We chose the 6 course surprise menu for the table, with wine pairings. It was nice to be able to choose how much wine to receive (from a taste to a full glass). The hands-down favorite dish was a chicken dish - phenomenal.

The space is quite small (18-20 seats), but cozy. Reservations highly recommended.

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1  Thank KeineRader
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

We have eaten in many Helsinki restaurants in the past few years and the dining culture is generally creative and of very high quality. However, the meal we had in Spis was quite exceptional even by Helsinki high standards. They combine stunning ingredients with flair and creativity to produce sensational dishes. Quite simply some of the best food we have eaten. The front of house staff were friendly and helpful and the atmosphere in the room was relaxed. It is only a small place and so making a reservation would be wise. We would not hesitate in recommending Spis to anyone interested in creative cooking.

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1  Thank EnjoyTravel200
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