Restaurant Grön comes up at the top very often whenever someone remembers their favourite restaurants in Finland. In Episode 7, we finally get an answer to get why it is so popular.
I was joined in Grön by the CEO of City Group, Ilkka O. Lavas. Ilkka was just taking his break for holiday, so he was relieved and definitely enjoyed the meal as much as I did. City Group is largely serving the restaurant industry through services like Syö-viikot and TableOnline, which I am a heavy user of. We’ll cover how City Group survived through the Covid-19 crisis that hit the restaurant scene really bad.
Grön, the restaurant is rated 5 on the Top 50 list position.
We went for the 4 course menu that comes with potential extras (we took one, “Kuusenkerkkä icecream”). The menu was amazingly balanced and it used wild herbs just like the concept promised in every single dish. The dishes were wild herb asparagus soup, beef tartare, perch head, kuusenkerkkä ice cream and finally rhubarb candy ice cream. My guest Ilkka enjoyed a matched set of non-alcohol drinks with the menu, which were mostly juices of seasonal veggies that were spiced up with herbs of various sorts.
This was amazing, and certainly an interesting experience in the world of wild herbs. I’ll certainly remember this meal for years and will be recommending this to a lot of people - but especially it will be a one to remember if you want to enjoy or experience wild herbs.
Grön Sommelier Toni Fer shares his view on what makes this restaurant amazing.
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