Restaurant number 12 HelsinkiEats visits is Spis, a restaurant near Punavuori that I really had no clue about in advance. Obviously all the restaurants in top 50 list are great, but it is experiences like this that make you really happy - having no expectations is the best way to make yourself happy about the outcome. Spis is at position 44, but I dare say, it deserves to be higher up on the chart.
Timo Kemppainen (currently helping Lexly) took the time to enjoy the restaurants 6 course tasting menu with me, and I must say, it was really amazing to see Timo after a while.
Spis made enjoying to food very easy as they started with amuse-bouche and ended with petit four. We took the six course menu and a recommendation for the wine, and none of the dishes let us down.
In the menu, there were soup with al dente veggies (peas, carrots etc), a cold salad with cucumber and rye bread, duck (amazing dish this was!), sous vide made salmon, and finally veal in two ways for the main course. This all was topped and mixed with intermediate courses cleansing the palette and finishing of with home made ice cream.
Did you know that Tove Jansson used to live in this building? Yes. One of them dishes was inspired by Moomins (haha, loved it).
This is something that every Finn willing to explore something better should go to. The food is simple, rooted in Finnish culture, but very very well made. I’d rather recommend this than Gaijin or Farang (and I do like them too). So, this is for everyone. Great cost/value, absolutely.
You’ll also hear a quick comment from the Chef of Spis, Antero Aurivuo.
Ps. Lexly just announced that they are live in Finland for some legal documents we all could use. Why not give it a spin at http://lexly.fi
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