In this episode, we’re a restaurant called Hello Stranger which is built into a classic nightclub spot very close to the central railway station. This relatively new place is known for cocktails and relaxed atmosphere, but I have to say, the food delivered nicely.
In Hello Stranger, I was joined in this episode with Jaakko Vilèn who is one of the few very original Helsinki natives I’ve had in my show, which naturally made the things interesting. My previous guests have had interesting stories about their reasons to move into Helsinki, but Jaakko had perspective on why to come back after spending some years abroad.
Jaakko works now for nCino, which is an interesting story in itself, both from how to get recruited during Corona point of view, but as a company too.
Menu we enjoyed here was the Hello Stranger tasting menu, which had a really colorful starter with shrimp, simple Miso soup along with an amazing main course of fish and desert (creme brulee with coffee). The plates were so beautiful and tasty, nothing was left to be desired.
While Hello Stranger restaurant has been around only a while, it is made a dent in the Top 50 list. Now it is sitting at 35th position, but I guarantee it is going upwards.
To read more about Jaakko’s employer and potential jobs he and them are posting in Nordics, head over to https://www.ncino.com/
Personally, I’d rank this as one of the restaurants I’ll be visiting and enjoy because of the venue, food and vibes. Loved it.
Ps. I should warn you that this episode talks about Rugby. With all its traditions, it is one of the most interesting sports - rough and classic, just like Hello Stranger.
This is a blog/pod about eating in the very finest of Finnish restaurants located in Helsinki. You can follow the journey also via instagram at @helsinkieats2020