Episode number nine of HelsinkiEats was taking place in the bistro-setting of Baskeri & Basso (or Basbas as it is equally well known as). Basbas definitely is one of the gems of the Helsinki restaurant scene, so this was something I had been waiting for.
I was joined by Dmitri Sarle, the multi-talent working with startups as an entrepreneur. He is also the Founder of ArcticStartup, the media/platform that has done so much good for fueling entrepreneurship in Finland. This conversation was one of the most interesting ones thus far, because we were mostly talking about Dima’s latest “venture” of sorts, as he is building a movement that is called Earthians. You’ll have to listen in to find out what it is about, as I’ll not be able to do it justice with the limited set of words in this blog. I'll just say that this Earthians is definitely something to keep an eye on, if you .. that is live on Earth. I have been thinking about it a lot after this conversation.
Anyway, this amazing restaurant is ranked at position 2 in the Top 50 restaurant list so it’ll not be surprising to hear that the food was amazing. However, I feel that this place earns its merits by the fact how it takes the atmosphere to a whole other level with how relaxed and enjoyable the venue is.
Menu gave a few options, but essentially recommended a 2 + 1 +1 menu, where first starters were kinda shareable, the next one (middle course) and the main course was for each to enjoy. We took some grilled vegetables, Salmon sashimi and Beef tartar for the first two, then Pasta/Risotto for the middle course. For mains, I went for Reindeer and Dima took a pretty amazing looking dish with Octopus. Our menu was topped off with amazing chocolate cake, which I’d rank definitely as the best dessert thus far (although, there’s some serious competition from other places). Anything you pick will be delish!
This place is definitely hard to get a table from, but definitely worth the pursuit. Great for any sort of chilled night out with amazing food and wine.
You’ll also hear a quick comment from the other co-founder of Basbas, Niki Thieulon.
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