We visited here during a Midsummer getaway to Helsinki and wanted a nice meal out for my girlfriends birthday, this was not the original restaurant that we had booked but as that plan fell through we had to look for an alternative and found this one and what a joy it was that we did!
We are strong believers in that when we go away we like to try to be as traditional to the local culture as possible so after reading on one of the brochures that this was a traditional Finnish restaurant we were very eager to give it a go,everything about our visit from start to finish was superb.
Upon arrival as we did not have a reservation it was a little busy so we sat out in the garden and had a nice quiet drink before the waitress came and brought us to our table,it was located downstairs and when you go down it's like you are walking back into time,it's just great,you walk through a long wooden hall that resembles a lumberjack lodge with little alcoves on each side that have tables for 2 tucked away in them with miners lanterns on the walls and little candles on the table creating a romantic atmosphere and pleasant setting.
The tables are wooden and made from logs as is all of the pots/breadboards etc which kept things very traditional,it was also nice that all the waitresses dressed in peasant clothing which really added to the feel of things.
The staff were very friendly,efficient and always on hand to help,the food was absolutely delicious and the menu selection was vast and very appetizing.
We had a mixed local delicacy platter to start with which included things such as beetroot smoked salmon, reindeer tongue and more and it was delicious.
Our mains included vendace (small fish) with mash and vegetables and reindeer with turnip and berries and it was one of the best meals we had ever had.
The wine and beer was also very good.
All in all we found the prices to be reasonable when you consider that it is Scandinavia and its renown for being higher than other desinations so this was fine.
If your looking for a traditional restaurant that offers fantastic food with good service and a great atmosphere in a central location then look no further than here, I promise you won't be disapointed.
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