Pastis was the second restaurant established by Henri Alen and company, and it is located in the Iso Roobertinkatu, in a peaceful, yet central part of Helsinki.
Pastis is ranked 34 of the Top 50 restaurants list, although it has every ingredient to be higher up. The restaurant is cozy, bistroesque, the food is amazing and the wine pairings work like a charm.
For this visit, I had a chance to eat out with Marjaana Toiminen from Ellun Kanat. She has an amazing resume and history in working with leadership positions in companies going through big transformations. Due to her deep expertise, it is no wonder she is now doing consulting with strategic foresight and thinking.
Ellun Kanat is a unique agency that helps companies think differently and see new angles to make the best of the transformation pressure they are facing with digitalization or any other threats. Their services include communications, strategic thinking and culture development amongst many other things. You can find more info about Ellun Kanat and their services from www.ellunkanat.fi.
We had two courses in this restaurant, I ate a beef tartar (as I’ve done now on several occasions) and then a great main course made from Zucchini flowers.
The food was great and served without a fault, so no wonder so many people recommend this alongside Muru, the sister restaurant of Pastis.
After a great meal it was easy to agree that Pastis is the place for slow dining where you enjoy the conversation, e.g. when hosting friendly parties (birthdays, anniversaries or otherwise). This venue is intimate and relaxed, while the food is impeccable.
Henri Alen shares a few words about the founding story of Pastis at the beginning of the episode.
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