In episode number 28 we fine dine restaurant called Gaijin (stranger in Japanese). This restaurant was founded by Tomi Björk back in the day, and has been listed spontaneously as favourite place by many of the people I ask for their favourite places to go out in Helsinki.
This episode features the CEO of Demos Helsinki, Juha Leppänen. Demos Helsinki is a world leader consulting agency and think tank for governments and cities who are looking for ways to do things better. I really enjoyed this dine out with Juha so much as I got to talk through all my future scenarios, that I almost forgot to enjoy the food.
The food was very enjoyable though, even if this restaurant has fallen down to position 45 in restaurants Top 50 list. During our visit, we had a fresh menu list, from which opted a Vegan line-up called Sapporo.
Sapporo menu served the following dishes:
AKAMISO PUMPKIN ‘TACO’
KALE & CARAMELIZED ONION `GYOZA´
SMOKED LOCAL TOFU, CORN & WAKAME
TEMPURA OF THE DAY & YUZU
GRILLED CELERIAC SKEWER & KIMCHI BUTTER
PAN FRIED SILKEN TOFU & MUSHROOM X.O
ROASTED CABBAGE, CAULIFLOWER & KOMBU
LIQUORICE & LEMON MOCHI
Out of the menu, we really enjoyed the Kimchi butter Skewere most. Over all, it needs to be said that the vegan menu really worked nicely and we did not miss a bit of Fish or Meat. This serves a as a great reminder that you can do sustainable without compromising on the quality of food.
Gaijin probably is a bit low on the Top 50, as it is at 45, but then again, it feels okay after going through all the options in Helsinki.
Gaijin comes highly recommended for anyone who wants to organize a party or a good dinner that is well organized.
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