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“Probably Living Off Its Reputation”
Review of Elite

Elite
Ranked #99 of 1,628 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Scandinavian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Kampinmalmi
Reviewed June 8, 2012

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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Thank JustOneBoomer
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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.

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Thank TimFredrik
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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.

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Thank AJWW4764
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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.

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Thank wasabi69Sweden
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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.

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Thank Samantha L
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