Riina, the mother behind Minato, is a Finn, but she is no ordinary Finn, because she has already chalked up 17 years in Japanese restaurants in Japan and in Helsinki.
Minato Sushi was born out of a passion for rice and raw fish!
You will find Riina in the kitchen, while Tuomo stands behind the counter serving customers.
Riina has been “washing rice” for half her life and has learnt her skills from Japan, and your experienced Japan-Traveller correspondent can confirm that her standards are indeed high.
Tuomo, the man behind the counter, is a DJ, record label boss and open-minded chef.
Their common journey began at the legendary “Raku-Ya” restaurant where Riina cooked and Tuomo ate. Through “Sushibar + Wine” and a few other twists they decided to set up a restaurant on Kalevankatu.
Minato Sushi combines Tuomo’s Lappish uncompromising ambition with Riina’s iron-handed skills.
The food here, is delicious and meets the required standard for Japan, nothing less… Their menu is limited but uses excellent local and imported fresh fish. Portions are generous and reasonably priced.
The fish go hand-in-hand with a reindeer and a couple of other great Finnish delicacies. Quality is not compromised and waste is minimised. First-class quality for them means properly cooked rice, fresh and high quality ingredients, and carefully handmade sushi. Ecological and sustainable solutions are plant-based or made from recycled material.
“Minato” in Japanese means harbour – fresh fish, hard work and a bit of a rough stone, and that is a good description of the owners, the location and the restaurant on the ground floor of a 100-year old house in Hietalahti, Helsinki.
Minato Restaurant is found on Kalevankatu 55, 00180 Helsinki | 010 419 2980