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“For french food lovers - a must.”
Review of Restaurant Pastis

Restaurant Pastis
Ranked #53 of 1,693 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $47 - $71
Cuisines: French, Central European
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 15, 2013

The founders of the super-popular restaurant Muru opened Pastis in April 2013. The concept is straightforward french cuisine with supreme ingredients from local producers. In other words, un bistrot. A rave review in the local paper with their bavette d'aloyau (flank steak) as the centerpiece encouraged us to try it. Pastis is booked some 4-6 weeks ahead, but they keep a couple of tables free during lunchtime for passers-by. You can call 20 minutes before you go and they will hold a table for you. Even more probable is that if you care to eat at the bar, you are likely to get seated with no advance notice. The atmosphere is indeed bistrot-lively, waitresses shuffling around and as the place seats only about 40, the setting is very lyonnais. We had escargots as starters and the flank steak as the main course. Escargots were perfect, albeit a dish hard not to master. The flank steak was delicious and tender. This is probably the most tasteful cutting of beef, not often found in Finland and not the easiest to prepare this well.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

A new restuarant in town.

Pastis is a small restuarant with charming interiors...simple yet tasteful. Thankfully the restuarant ( unlike its more famous cousins!)follows a simple policy of keeping some tables open for walk in clients..( love it! Just imagine when you are in a mood for a good dinner and you are cannot get a table!)
Food was excellent, portions were right... strangely I found a potatoes in the side dish of the mixed kind( did'nt feel the same in the palate!).
Creme Brulee is excellent.. must try!

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Thank cic92
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Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

Service in this restaurant is excellent: friendly and caring. Atmosphere is just right for a bistro. We had smoked salmon to start - very good. For main dish I had vegetarian crepes with champignons. It was too greasy and capris and olives did not match very well with the crepes. I was disappointed. Petits fours were interesting, some quite good. Wine was excellent, quite costly. I liked the place, service was best ever and they even sold us their delicious tapenade to take home. I could go there again to try another main dish.

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Thank Kilkki
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

This place opened at spring 2013 as a sibling for another well known good restaurant.
The food is Fenno-French style, without too much hassle on details, but most on quality and good prices (for the customers).
I would recommend the chicken, which feeds 2-3. This price indicated (around 38 EUR), is for the whole bird, not for each mouth attacking it. And all the foods surrounding that, wines along, will make really nice evening.

Pastis also serves very nice lunch on weekdays (1130 -1400, local time).

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Thank apl42
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

Excellent French bistro food with attentive service. Good wine list, we had an Austrian pinot recommended by our server. Price was reasonable for Helsinki.

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Thank swanfall
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