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Gaijin

Restaurant Gaijin is the brainchild of Tomi Bjorck and Matti Wikberg. It is their second restaurant.

Gaijin Helsinki

Gaijin offers unique flavours from Japan, Korea and northern China, with a delicious modern touch.

The restaurant is in the stylish Bulevardi at number 6. I dined alone so I can’t show you a variety of meals, only mine. For my main course I ordered salmon with Asian flavours. I can’t come to Helsinki without ordering salmon.

Gaijin Helsinki

Dessert was a liquorice and almond cake with icecream…perfect.

Gaijin Helsinki

I will definitely return to Gaijin with others. They do excellent dishes to share.

 

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El Fant is a welcome addition to the food scene in Helsinki.

El Fant Helsinki

The decor is clean and bright and the food looks delicious.

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

I ordered the blueberry porridge and liked it so much I went back the next morning and had it again.

El Fant Helsinki

The carrot cake was also good and the coffee, from a local roastery, is  excellent.

El Fant Helsinki

I’m sure El Fant will do very well.

Find El Fant at number 3 Katariinankatu, not far from Senate Square and the harbour.

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Havis

Havis is a pretty nautical style restaurant beside the Helsinki harbour.

Havis

The interior is very elegant.

Havis

Havis Helsinki

I chose the Havis menu. You can have 3 or 4 courses. I decided on 3, leaving out the cheese course.

First came an amuse bouche. I can’t really tell what it was, but it was delicious.

Havis Helsinki

Mushroom soup followed and was also very good.

Havis Helsinki

I really like Arctic char, which was the reason I chose the menu. It was served with scallops, potatoes and fennel sauce.

Havis Helsinki

Dessert was sorbet with muesli and white chocolate served 3 ways…yum.

Havis Helsinki

Helsinki has many good restaurants to choose from…I would go back to Havis any day.

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On a recent visit to Helsinki I returned to Nokka for another delicious meal. They specialise in pure, fresh ingredients sourced from small Finnish producers.

Nokka Helsinki

This time there was an available table in the beautiful dining room.

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

They have an open kitchen.

Nokka Helsinki

…and a great cellar.

Nokka Helsinki

We had the lovely French waiter who served me last time and the food was every bit as good as I remembered.

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

I’m sure this won’t be my last visit to Nokka.

http://www.ravintolanokka.fi

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Dinner under the Helsinki Sky happened for the second time this year. Long tables covered with white tablecloths are lined up along Pohjoisesplanadi.

Helsinki

1,000 people come with their dinner, forks, knives, drinks, set a place at the table and enjoy the company of others under the beautiful Helsinki sky.

Isn’t this a great idea? Get your picnic basket ready for next year.

 

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Taste of Helsinki is a culinary festival, which takes you on a journey through the gourmet flavours of the city. Finland has some amazing food and this was a chance to try some delicious food by Helsinki’s best chefs…and have some fun along the way.

Perhaps we should all be making plans to be in Helsinki for the feast next year.

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Ashcan Cafe Jugend is set in a beautiful Art Nouveau building at Pohjoisesplanadi 19, beside the Information Centre.

 

Aschan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

The building was originally built in 2 phases between 1815 and 1827 for Russian born merchant Yegor Uschakoffin for residential and commercial use.

In 1904 it was renovated by architect Lars Sonck as a bank. This is made obvious when you see the carvings at the entrance.

Ashan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

 

Aschan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

 

The banking hall has 3 naves and vaulted ceilings. The rich ornamentation, decorative paintings and stone sculpture were designed by Walter Jung.

Aschan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

Aschan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

 

Aschan Cafe Helsinki

 

 

 

The beautiful painting in the domed section was done by Wilho Sjostrom in 1916.

Aschan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

Aschan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

The interior is so beautiful the food almost takes second place, but there is a good selection and it is reasonably priced.

Aschan Cafe Jugend Helsinki

There are outdoor tables in warm weather, but I can’t resist the lovely interior.

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