Had a very good corruption dinner at restaurant Saari, located a few hundred meters from the mainland in the Helsinki harbor.
Waited for the ferry for a while, getting hungrier by the moment. The ride’s not cheap, but fortunately the cost is appendable to the restaurant bill.
The restaurant is definitely a slow food place, the three course meal took almost four hours to finish. And not because of us slow eaters, but of non-rapid arrival of dishes. Not that we really minded, the evening was beautiful and warm, company good and discussion lively.
And there was absolutely nothing wrong with the food either. Started off with a selection of appetizers – a set containing first fresh potatoes of the season, and the first bear salami ever. Had pike perch for the main course, overcooked just enough to ensure easy removal of skin and accompanied by an appropriately spicy potato cake. Capped the meal with a glass of ålvados, a finnish (or actually Ålandic) take on calvados, a bit sharp of taste, but having enough of apple aroma to be worth the name.
All in all a pleasant experience – and the difficulty of securing a table is explained by the environment and food. I’ll be back. Perhaps already this summer.