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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Indulge Your Inner Design Hawk in Helsinki


2. Where to Eat

Seasonal Nordic cuisine and live piano music fill Savoy's modernist interiors.  

Feel like you’ve stepped into a private club at Savoy (closed for lunch on Saturday and all day Sunday), Helsinki’s classic restaurant since 1937, atop a 12-floor building with original modernist interiors by Finland’s greatest architect, Alvar Aalto. Seasonal Nordic cuisine, featuring dishes like braised turbot with black morels and white asparagus ($62), is paired with live piano music and one of the city’s most extensive wine lists.

Fill your table with Finnish sapas, small plates with traditional roots, at Juuri (closed for lunch Sundays), a rustic-chic restaurant with two small dining rooms. Highlights among sapas ($6) include smoked reindeer heart with rowanberry jelly and charcoaled marinated vendace with tomato brioche. More substantial dishes ($35) include poussin with parsley puree, crispy fried blood pudding, and smoky beer sauce.

Excite your taste buds at K17 Kitchen Cocktail (closed Sunday and Monday), a contemporary Nordic restaurant opened in November 2010. Choose between the all-white front area and the darkened dining room, where tasting menus (from $52) include dishes like whitefish tartar with potato crisps and dill mayonnaise, accompanied by a dill-infused gin and apple juice cocktail.

Published on Jun 29, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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