11th restaurant of HelsinkiEats podcast was Sikke’s, which is located in Tehtaankatu, not too far from the Punavuori and Eira hoods. Not really sure what part of town this is, but as Sikke Sumari, one of the owners explained - this has been in restaurant use since 1930s. Sikke’s is (as Sikke Sumari explains) a “Kuppila”, a good old fashioned restaurant that serves good food.
I had the pleasure to eat here with Harri Nieminen, a colleague from the past, who has pushed forward as a service designer (currently as director in Kuudes Kerros). He is one of those people who has great taste, which makes him really good in what he does. Kuudes Kerros offers a range of service design, interior design, brand design etc related services - basically anything you might need for your design needs.
This great Kuppila didn’t let us down, it gave us good options to go easy on meats, while letting us still have great experience. Menu was basically 3 courses and we ended up choosing very different compilations, except for a side dish of Feta cheese with cucumber, which we shared. I had beef tartar (somehow, it is difficult for me to avoid it), risotto (with italian pork) and pavlova. Harri enjoyed seasonal vegetables, broccoli and fruity delish as a desert.
Food was not failing one bit, it was simple and traditional food made fresh with some seasoning and novel methods. Clearly, you don’t need to make this complicated to make it tasty and complicated.
I’d recommend this for either a good dinner out with family, friends or a spouse-to-be. The interior and experience alone is worth spending time and relaxing in here. Service was great and we felt welcome in this restaurant.
You’ll also hear a quick comment from the other co-owners of Sikke’s, the one and only Sikke Sumari.
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