Scandinavia in recent years has experienced a culinary renaissance with Nordic flavors being widely acclaimed around the world. Sitting alongside foodie destinations like Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm, Helsinki’s dining scene is peppered with fantastic restaurants that offer artistic cuisines and pay homage to age old traditions.
Juuri’s preserves the special features of Finnish food, making everything from scratch, not using any ‘semi-finished’ ingredients. The menu has become well-known for its Sapas selection (often described as Finland’s version of tapas). Allowing guests to share and sample an exciting range of flavors, visitors can mix and match dishes and enjoy plates like smoked reindeer heart served with apple and rowanberry and apple.
Juuri, Korkeavuorenkatu 27, 00130 Helsinki 09 635 732
Postres’ cuisine is founded on both Nordic and French gastronomy. Diners can enjoy plates such as endive with truffle and smoked pork belly, salmon with gooseberries and horseradish, and cod with barley and funnel chanterelles. These plates alternate on the concise, changing menu that is determined by ‘the rich Nordic seasons’. Proud of its European identity, the wine menu is filled with top quality bottles from the continent as well as a number of exemplary vintages from small wine producers.
Set in a building designed by architect Carl Ludvig in the early 19th century, G.W. Sundmans is a restaurant that exudes historic significance and sophistication. The restaurant describes its set course menus as a ‘journey of flavors’ and uses fresh, high quality produce that follows the seasons. Providing both lunch and dinner, the menu is full of international flavors and serves plates such as beautifully cooked venison with beetroot, poached salmon with fried scallops and fennel, and smoked pork neck with roasted celery and cream of celery. The restaurant’s wine selection has won multiple awards, and wine tastings can be organised in the atmospheric cellar.
G.W. Sundmans, South Beach 16, 00130 Helsinki, Finland +358 9 6128 5400