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Finnish restaurants show their class

By Peter Marten, April 2011

Photo: Young Rascal Inc/SavoyTop of the world: The venerable restaurant Savoy, founded in 1937, commands a view over the greenery of Esplanade Park and the rest of downtown Helsinki, including the Lutheran Cathedral.

A luxurious new coffee-table book weighing only 1,650 grams (3.6 pounds) reveals Finland’s best dining experiences. Classy Finnish Restaurants takes you from Helsinki’s Michelin-starred establishments to converted country manor houses. See a selection in our slideshow.

Classy Finnish Restaurants (Young Rascal Inc) leads off with an intro by Finland’s culinary top dog, chef Hans Välimäki of Helsinki’s two-Michelin-star Chez Dominique. He relates a brief, engaging history of Finnish cuisine, from the Russian era in the 1800s to the present.

Then the book launches into a photogenic parade of 52 of the country’s most esteemed eating establishments, including the five Helsinki restaurants that possess Michelin stars (Chez Dominique (2), Demo, Luomo, Olo and Postres).

The reader travels the length and breadth of the country, each place getting its own article with plenty of colourful eye candy (décor, diners, dishes and more). Taste a sample in the slideshow below.


A visual feast from Finland

All photos (except Tertti’s Manor) courtesy of Young Rascal Inc and the respective restaurants

Sipuli (Onion) Hugo Wanha Laamanni (The Old Lawyer) Maxill Salutorget Savoy Tertin Kartano (Tertti's Manor) På Kroken (On the Hook) Rafla Bucco Näsinneula

Note: Click the first photo to begin the slideshow. "Next" and "Previous" buttons appear in the top corners when you roll your mouse over the photos.



Young Rascal Inc, publishers


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