If you are visiting Aalto house and looking for a good lunch place, then you can't miss this one! If you are staying at Kalastajantorppa and need a destination to walk to, this is a good candidate.
Be warned though, it's not uncommon during lunch time that one has to wait to get vacant table as this is a popular lunch place. Not to get scared though, the wait is usually max 10 minutes as most of the people there are on their lunch break and eat as Finns do: Efficiently and fast :).
I have the priviledge of working quite near the location of La Cantine. 9 times out of 10, I have my lunch at La Cantine. Their lunch menu is very simple: 3 different salads to pick from or one dish that is different each day. The salads are Chevre salad, Chicken ceasar salad and Shrip ceasar salad. The Salads are good and big in portions. Having being a regular customer for a year (or more), there are not that many times that I recall eating same dish twice! (Where do they get all the ideas?).
One can tell that the owner loves cooking: The menu variation, the dishes that are anything but traditional Finnish lunch food, the way the food is put on the plates. The whole deal!
They have also a small selection of deserts (quality over quantity), of which my favorite is the brownie+ice cream.
Aside lunch time, they have afternoon/evening menu (except on Mondays). That menu usually have more choices than the lunch menu but is also more expensive (still fairly priced). The lunch without drinks is approx 10euro.
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