Finnish Cuisine at JUURI Restaurant | Helsinki, Finland | If you are interested on sampling some of the traditional Finnish delights, with a modern interpretation, then I would recommend you visit JUURI Restaurant during your visit to Helsinki. I came over and enjoyed a lovely dinner. The specialty of the restaurant are the SAPAS.
Sapas are an authentically Finnish hors d’oeuvre, handmade according to Finnish culinary traditions. At their kitchen they transform Finnish gifts of nature in an innovative manner to suit modern tastes. In addition to Sapas you may savour main courses, which have been prepared following the same philosophy. I went for the fix menu with recommendations by the Chef (EUR 45 plus drinks, with the option of wine pairing for extra EUR 25). My options were: Mushrooms Creamy Warm Soup, Carrot casserole with goat cheddar creme and Beetroot loaf with Brussels sprouts.
With my sap as, I tried a local Cider. Yes ladies and gentleman, I LOVE Cider, is out on the open. Some people call it the Champagne of the masses, shame on me then, but I truly enjoy a good Cider. This one in particular was rather dry and with a sour side.
The food was so tasty and interesting. For my main course I tried the Pike cake, with creamy Scandinavian hash and pickled cucumber. This time I moved to a glass of French Organic Sancere. Nuance, Sancerre, Vincet Pinard, Loire, France.
Dessert options where multiple and very tempting, but I am a big fan of Cheese, specially when traveling around the world, discovering new local offers. In this case, a selection of cheeses from Finnish small producers with red onion and gooseberry jam
To finalize and get ready for the cold weather outside, a nice cup of Mint Tea. And I mention this, because it is SOOOO nice when a restaurant gets it right. Dear restaurateurs, this is the way to serve tea, avoiding those dreadful tea bags. Kudos to JUURI.
My only comment with JUURI, while very friendly and cozy, I felt service was a bit too slow, despite restaurant was full, they still need to make the flow happen, avoiding waits of more than 10 minutes in between dishes. The ambience on low lights and candles, is very informal, with the feeling of being hosted at a local Finnish home. Great sampling of Finnish delights with a contemporary take. www.juuri.fi for more information or bookings, which are strongly advised. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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