Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Helsinki

There are 4 different Michelin-starred restaurants in the Finnish capital (each of them awarded with one coveted star). Offering new Nordic cuisine, each one still has a different touch and a signature of its own. Thepickytraveller visited all of them during the last year.

Restaurant Olo
Restaurant Olo

Location/ambience

  1. Chef & Sommelier. Hidden in the posh district of Eira, on one of Helsinki’s most beautiful residential streets (Huvilakatu) close to the sea, this (very) small and charming restaurant has a warm atmosphere with herbs growing on the window sill.
  2. Demo. Centrally located with a bistro-like ambience. Very pleasant dimmed lighting!
  3. Olo. Facing the harbour and close to the Senate square, Olo features a more classical up-scale setting.
  4. Ask. Classical setting for restaurant Ask as well, in the beautiful area of Kruununhaka.

 

Huvilakatu
Huvilakatu

Food/wine

  1. Olo. Not easy to set up a Top 4 in terms of food but with a long and elaborate tasting menu associated with clever wine choices (go for the premium pairing) presented by a passionate sommelier, Olo clearly is the no. 1 in this category. The dishes are very sophisticated, yet down-to-earth. Great quality of products (of course) and wines from small wineries (mainly whites, in harmony with the current trend). High-end Nordic cuisine at its best.
  2. Chef & Sommelier ex aequo with Demo. Refined Finnish gastronomy with local and organic ingredients for Chef & Sommelier, a bit more international touch for Demo. Both offer good wine pairings, with a slight preference for Chef & Sommelier’s list.
  3. Ask. Local and organic ingredients are predominant here as well. A lot of greens.

 

Restaurant Ask
Restaurant Ask

Value for money

  1. Chef & Sommelier. Provides a great experience at a surprisingly affordable price. Very recommended if you are looking for a tasteful Michelin-level meal but don’t want to overspend!
  2. Olo. Heftiest check by far… But very worth the price.
  3. Ask. Clear price structure (a short menu and a long menu) with a decent amount of dishes (actually quite a lot of them). Portions are small and delicate.
  4. Demo. Not overpriced, but too many different options to choose from.

 

All in all, if you have to choose a restaurant from these 4 and are not repulsed by the price, go for Olo. Otherwise Chef & Sommelier is a strong option. Special mention to restaurant Kuurna, not Michelin-starred but a very nice hidden gem featuring simple and tasteful Finnish cuisine in the Kruununhaka district.

 

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