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“Average” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Elite

Elite
Ranked #105 of 1,453 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Scandinavian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Kampinmalmi
Helsinki, Finland
Level Contributor
16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2012

This old fashion restaurant near our home (about 100 m) has saved rather well the old art deco artistic athmosphere of the prewar times when it was frequented visited by famous authors, painters and movie stars. I usually went there regulary for having two beers at the bar or in the outdoor nice terrace in summer times. We have of course eaten there a lot of times because it's so near, but on the whole the food is not much to talk about. Herrings with mushed potatoes or vorschmack are perhaps the best choices.
The service varies, sometimes correct and rather fast, sometimes irritating slow going. If you are in the neigbourhood, order something small and have a look of a kind of Finnish reality with it's good and dull sides.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
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English first
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2012

Found this restaurant and it was distinctly average.

nothing to complain about, but then nothing to make you want to go back either.

Fairly basic.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank AJWW4764
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Sweden
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great food and interesting decorations”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

This place is a must if you like traditional food from Finland and Scandinavia. You are also surrounded by interesting paintings on the wall and the interior like stepping back in time.
Try for example the mixed fish platter and you are introduced to typical food from the Nordic countries.
The resturant is not in downtown but it is only a short walk through some safe areas.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank wasabi69Sweden
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Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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79 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“overrated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2012

Ok, I love Mika Waltari and perhaps during his time, the food was great but now ... it was indeed disappointing last night when I sampled their pike perch and lamb shoulder dishes (Seahorse does an infinitely better job at cheaper prices!). The lamb portion as a main dish could not satiate an appetite of a 55kg person who would've had to walk 25 min to this ravintola from her hotel; I kid you not, it was only 4 dainty mouthfuls. Where are the greens? a few thin strips of carrot does not a "veg" portion make. But the ambience was old world charm and the doorman was such a sweetie and so genial. A pity. Go for Ravintola Seahorse for better local dishes at better prices.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Samantha L
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Ambato, Ecuador
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
“Traditional dining”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2012

Place where Finnish artists (e.g. author Mika Waltari) used to dine and having no money pay their meals with their works. Traditional Finnish treats. Lunch a good bargain.

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