Restaurant Vinkkeli – Really classic Finnish cuisine, and a must to reserve a place in paradise…

My wife and I decided to be at their entrance at 17.00h sharp, when they open for dinner on a Saturday afternoon. Rumor has it that they have a few tables for latecomers, who don’t have reservations. Well they do most days except Saturdays, but when they saw that we were hungry and keen to taste their delights, they gave us a seat at the bar.

One drink later and a long chat with the owners and their waiters got us a seat that was booked for 20.00h. We were happy and they were obviously pleased to have 2 extra guests for dinner.

Their menu is always rather short but really well-rounded with top quality fresh products that are prepared and served by excellent professional cooks and staff.

And professional they are in the strictest tradition of Finnish cuisine. The best and one of the oldest restaurants in Helsinki is called the Savoy Restaurant. It is on the top floor of one of the best looking buildings in Helsinki and has by far the best selection of food and wines in Helsinki. It is large and expensive, and very formal. It should be on my list, (I even proposed to my wife there), but they do not need any help from FinnishNews. It is on every global list of the world’s best restaurants…

But the reason I mention it here is because the owners, cooks and managers of Vinkkeli, have all been working there and want to maintain the high quality and impeccable atmosphere of the Savoy at Vinkkeli. The only difference is that this restaurant is owned and run by the same entrepreneurs who have made a tremendous investment in getting it right.

My wife and I ordered the classic Scandinavian starter, Toast Skagen, (shrimps on toast with dill and mayonnaise) – delicious with local fish roe. Nothing can beat their presentation and taste. It was perfect.

As a main course we could have had lavaret ( a local white fish) with peas and honey beurre blanc sauce or grilled portobello with green beans, but we chose duck confit with marinated red cabbage.

The duck was crispy on the outside surrounded by juicy tender duck meat. It was cooked to perfection…

We always skip deserts, but some lucky people get to try them. It is the price you pay when visiting so many places…

If you are in Helsinki for a short or long visit this restaurant is a must. Try booking, and if that does not work out get there early!

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