From what I've read, this restaurant has been around since 1938 and used to be quite THE place to see and be seen in Helsinki and to find traditional Finnish food. My husband and I had dinner there last night as part of a group of 22 at a speakers' dinner organized by a conference he is attending at Helsinki University. The conference was arranged by graduate students so it was not unexpected that it was separate checks---but that's quite a lot to handle for 22 people! We arrived at 7:00 PM (the appointed time) and did not "escape" until 9:30 pm. No one had dessert or coffee because they were afraid to push their luck. Service was very slow and disorganized. Although the waiter took orders using a seating chart, he had to interrogate the group each time anything appeared from the kitchen or the bar to match it up with the right person. The restaurant was dealing with several groups, although ours was the largest. However, this is not an excuse for the confused service since it looked like all the groups had reservations so their presence should not have been a surprise.
My husband and I had a braised piece of lamb served with mashed potatoes and strips of carrot. It was quite uninspired, but edible.
We were staying at the Crowne Plaza hotel. The restaurant was a walk of just a few blocks, close to the National Museum. I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to eat here.
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