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“A memorable evening”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ask

Ask
Ranked #37 of 1,470 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Scandinavian, International
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A memorable evening”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

We booked this dinner before the Michelin star was awarded and were very pleased to have been guided so well by tripadvisor reviews. Would love to give five stars but the experience was not quite as thrilling as Chef and Sommelier and was slightly more expensive. Overall though a joyful evening based around wonderful in season ingredients. Would return in a heartbeat, no question. Excellent cuisine and passionate, engaging staff.

  • Visited April 2014
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Helsinki, Finland
2 reviews
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“An amazing dinner that made ingredients sing - but not for tea drinkers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014

My high expectations were exceeded over an 8-course dinner at Ask. I was aware of the cosy atmosphere on a quiet street just outside of the centre of Helsinki, having visited the locale twice when restaurant Luomo started there. But I could find almost no fault in anything else, either; the food used a combination of everyday ingredients lifted to perfection and some rarer accents which made dishes fresh and interesting. The wine package was exquisitely matched to the meal, and the sommelier was very helpful in explaining the wine choices and each wine's origins. The textures and techniques made every course a discovery. It wasn't just that some courses were memorable, we thought that all save for one (which was still pretty good) were just about perfect.

The only downside to the meal was the lack of respect towards tea drinkers, which was evident from the poor choice of teas available, as well as the otherwise excellent serving staff's lack of knowledge about the basics of tea. We were served something that was supposed to be black Assam, but tasted rather awful - it turned out that it was a seasoned black Assam (I think the seasoning must have been "old teabag paper"). All other "teas" we were offered had either seasoning or were not teas at all. To make it worse, we had heard the serving staff lecture other tables enthusiastically about the various single-origin coffees on offer, and how they were ground and brewed to exactness. We expected tea to be given at least a fair attempt... And it was, of course, the last thing we had.

With the demise of Chez Dominique, this restaurant is up there in the battle for the best place in Helsinki. A well-deserved star. I'll bring my own tea next time.

  • Visited June 2014
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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Excuisite menu and matching wines”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2014

Barely managing not to go overkill in fine dining, Ask is one of the few high-end restaurants in the Nordics that time and again impresses me. Rare, earthy ingredients served in innovative ways and supported by one-of-a-kind wines, this restaurant's dishes simply invite customers to marvel the chef's genius and skills. Especially the preparation of fish is extraordinary! The service is smooth and friendly. If you choose the long 8-course menu, prepare to dine for over four hours.

  • Visited April 2014
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Another 5 star meal!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

Zanders managed to squeeze me in at the last minute during a visit from London.

Over a year has passed since my last meal and things have only improved (if it is possible to better the best).

Great service with the wine pairings and innovative local flavours. Congratulations on the Michelin star and Finnish awards. Definitely deserved based on my recent experience.

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Thank David G
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Finland
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“Wonderful food, lovely restaurant with friendly service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

Excellent, tasty food with well matching wines and friendly service. All the courses were prepared with greatest care and passion and were beautifully presented. I loved the way how the chef himself served the courses and introduced them with pride and in very friendly manner. It should be noted Ask uses organic ingredients from small producers.

This time we had the four course menu, but next time (there will definitely be the next time!) I will choose the 8 course alternative just because everything was so excellent. I highly recommend Ask, if you appreciate excellent, well prepared food.

  • Visited March 2014
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