Best known for its sapas, a sort of Finnish version of tapas, Juuri is a popular place for locals and tourists alike. Taking inspiration from Finnish buffet tables and Northern Mediterranean culinary traditions, Juuri was opened in 2004 to great acclaim. The menu revolves around traditional Finnish cuisine, with rich flavors and local ingredients. The sapas menu includes 13 dishes, such as smoked trout with roe and carrot, roasted lamb and beans and goat cheese with pea and red currant. As sapas are meant to be shared, you can order an assortment and enjoy a tasteful culinary experience as a group.
Ravintola Juuri, Högbergsgatan 27, Helsingfors, Finland, +358 9 635732
This elegant restaurant was established in 1933 and preserves the decor and menu from 1950s. The simple interior, with wooden furniture, white walls and beautiful paintings, create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Locally known as sikala, or pigsty, the nickname playfully reflects the big portions restaurant serves. Try the recommended meatballs or perch à la Mannerheim with horseradish butter and mushroom sauce.
Sea Horse, Kapteeninkatu 11, Helsinki, Finland, +358 9 628169
A modern Asian-fusion restaurant, Gaijin combines traditional Japanese and Korean dishes with flavors originating from the north of China. The restaurant is divided into four parts: the main dining room, with a warm and comfy atmosphere, dimmed lights and dark wooden interior; the lounge area, where you are invited to enjoy fresh cocktails; and a private dining room and terrace. The food menu was designed to be shared and mixing different flavors is encouraged. There are two tasting menus available for a wholesome experience.
Gaijin, Bulevardi 8, Helsinki, Finland, +358 10 3229386