Helsinki, the capital of Finland, has been seeing a lot of new restaurants come to the scene especially in the last few years. Because of this each day there is a new one opening and an old one closing down so favourite lists like these may change really quickly. Even so, here is a little list of my favourite Helsinki restaurants to eat at. Enjoy!
My absolute favourite – Restaurant Yume
This Asian restaurant located in the same building with Hotel Kämp (one of the hotel’s restaurants) has been my favourite from the moment I walked in for the first time in the Spring of 2015. I’m not even saying that Yume is my favourite just in Helsinki, because it’s my favourite in the whole world!
Telling you what the menu includes is pretty pointless, because they keep changing it according to the seasons, but there is at least one staple food that they never get rid off, because all of their regulars have explicitly told them to keep it – the Thai Pork Ribs. Anyone who has ever tasted them says they are the best ribs they have ever had. It’s hard to argue with that. In addition to the ribs my personal favourites are their different sushi rolls (you can expect the ordinary kind and also some that have a lot more variety) and also the Hot Stones -portions with for example beef, tuna and tofu that you can fry on the table yourself by using a hot stone.
Food itself isn’t enough to make a restaurant special, so of course there has to be something else to it. The staff is the best of the best. They are really professional, but warm and friendly at the same time. They always remember our allergies and preferences immediately when we come in and they treat us like friends. I love going here each and every time because of the hospitality.
Price: € € € € (above average, we usually pay around 160 – 200€ for two when we eat here including drinks)
Location: Kluuvikatu 2, Helsinki (city center)
Open: Tuesday to Saturday
Best Burgers – Naughty BRGR
I’ve tried burgers in Helsinki in many places, but I rarely get the feeling that I need to return to those places to have more. That cannot be said about Naughty BRGR however (sorry, webpage only in Finnish), because I’m actually ordering takeout from there approximately 4 – 6 times a week (yeah that’s a lot). At the moment I happen to be on a diet, which doesn’t allow carbs that much, so I’ve found the perfect food in the form of a protein style burger, which is wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun.
This restaurant’s approach to food is simple and delicious, but don’t expect to go here for a fancy candle lit dinner for two. Naughty is for eating, not for long talks about life. The sweet potato fries are best I’ve had and my current favourite burger has got to be the Cuban Frita with hotsauce, a fried egg and a beef patty… or two. Remember that you can add more meat and bacon into your burgers if you so choose.
Price: € € (expensive compared to McDonald’s, but cheap compared to normal restaurants, about 10 – 15€ per burger)
Location: Lönnrotinkatu 13, Helsinki (city center)
Open: Tuesday to Sunday (you can also use the food delivery app Wolt to order like I do)
Best Meat – Restaurant Grotesk
At first I came for the cocktails, but then I found the meat. Grotesk cocktail bar is absolutely one of my favourites, but I’ve also started to realize the great food of their restaurant. It’s meant for meat eaters, so in all seriousness I wouldn’t recommend this for vegetarians.
The meats are delicious and tender, the service is good and the price is right, so what more could you ask for? Oh, and don’t forget the amazing cocktails and the best “normal” fries in town (three times fried!). Just went there a week ago, had a nice steak, some sparkling wine and a GT – paid 55€, so not bad. And the service was excellent. Also note that at the moment Amex Platinum members are getting a free bottle of wine, but in the future it might change for a discount percentage of the end bill or something similar.
Price: € € € € (a bit pricier than average)
Location: Ludviginkatu 10, Helsinki (city center)
Open: Tuesday to Saturday
Best Salmon Soup – Brasserie Kämp
And here is another entry from Hotel Kämp, but this time it’s their French brasserie -style restaurant. I happen to like many items on their menu, especially the Kämp Burger, but they also have something I usually don’t eat anywhere – great salmon soup. Also if they happen to have waguy-beef on the menu, like they sometimes do (unfortunately pretty rarely), take it!
This restaurant is not all about the food and great service, but also the special ambiance. It feels like being transported back in time and place into Paris or somewhere in Middle Europe. I also choose a table next to the big glass windows on the terrace, so that I can watch all the people and occasional beautiful car pass by on my favourite street in Helsinki, Pohjoisesplanadi. I often come here to write my blog, because I know I won’t be disturbed, I get great service and at the same time good food and drinks.
Price: € € € € (above average)
Location: Corner of Pohjois-Esplanadi and Kluuvikatu, Helsinki (Pohjoisesplanadi 29, city center)
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