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The fairytale island of Katajanokka right in the heart of Helsinki is where you’ll find Nokka. Distinctive in its maritime atmosphere, it’s housed in what used to be a redbrick warehouse, beautifully converted and right on the seashore. You can’t miss it for the huge anchor displayed outside. Sit at the water’s edge in the open air, or cosy up inside, the mood is all about romance. Head chef Ari Ruoho has created a menu using the best of local ingredients. Try the Helsinki Menu which consists of bream from the Baltic, smoked and served with dill cucumber and rye, lamb from Bovik with thyme sauce, Finnish cheese and organic strawberries.
In another glorious area called Kruununhaka where Jugend and Classic architecture stand side by side, is Restaurant Ask. It’s small, it’s intimate and it requires a booking if you want to make sure to get a table. Small farmers and producers are the source of inspiration for Filip and Linda who own the restaurant, cook the food and serve it together with their trusty team. Most products are organic except for the wild and foraged ones and the menu is dependent on what is now, what is fresh and what the chefs feel like creating on that specific day. Closed for July.
What could be more romantic than an island setting, a short ferry ride from the mainland with your table set on primary rock with a expansive view of the sea? On the island of Sirpalesaari, there’s Restaurant Saari with its intimate, homely atmosphere inside and seating space outside, depending on the weather. Sit next to the porthole-style window and order some fish delicacies including slightly salted salmon with pine tar syrup followed by beef fillet on dark shallot sauce only to finish with a pancake with rhubarb, strawberries and Finnish ice cream.