My husband and I were in Helsinki during the festival in August. On Friday night we decided to have a meal in the Strindberg restaurant. The restaurant was located upstairs while the café was downstairs. We had not made a reservation for the evening. Upon entering the brightly lit bar area we were taken with the décor. The bar was decorated to resemble a library or living room with many books on the shelves surrounding the room. The restaurant was through to the front of the building. The colours were warm and welcoming. The floor was light wood and the tables had checked clothes on them.
We entered the restaurant and were welcomed by a person on the desk. We explained that we did not have a reservation. We were told that although they were busy they would find us a table, which they did. It was in a pleasant location. We were handed menus and the wine list. Our server, Nelli was very knowledgeable regarding the wines on offer to accompany our meals. We accepted her recommendation and were pleased with our selection. The menu had a limited choice but for us that was better than a long list of pre-prepared meals.
Our food was brought to us presently and looked delicious. My husband enjoyed his choice of liver and onions with mashed potatoes while I tried the local delicacy of fried Baltic herring with mashed potatoes with lots of butter. We both enjoyed our dinners. My husband had a desert consisting of frangipane with a glass of sweet Sauternes wine. We finished our meal with coffee which was delicious. The bill for our meal including drinks came to 104 Euros which was in keeping with Helsinki prices for food and 4 glasses of wine. The staff were very friendly and cheerful.
The toilets were on the same floor as the restaurant and were clean and well maintained. The Strindberg restaurant is easily reached from Esplanade Park. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone wishing to experience Finnish dining in homey surroundings.
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