Restaurant Töölönranta combines the distinctively natural Helsinki landscape with a restaurant atmosphere. The contemporary Finnish architecture and design, surrounded by the unique landscape of Töölönlahti bay and park, makes restaurant an oasis almost in the center of city. Especially dining at the terrace is relaxing experience. Bar area has been developed to lounge type of port of call with soft lounge music.
Got the table under the awning which is more convenient place that sitting under the trees. For aperitives ordered glasses of Freixenet Mia Rose wine, which should have been more chilled as the wine is medium dry. You also get some foccacia bread to the table after you place the order.
For starters we had Seared king prawns with fennel and TASTES Sesame salmon with dill mayonnaise, King prawn with fennel and Cured beef with rocket lettuce and parmesan.
Prawns were really scrumptious and fennel paired with them perfectly. A little bit less salt and portion would have been bull’s eye.
You could pick three different tapas size of portions from six options if you choose TASTES as starter. When it says king prawn, there is really only one king prawn but prepared same way as first starter. Sesame salmon was also excellent as well as cured beef. Maybe the pieces of meat could have been thinner.
In Finnish restaurant you must choose fishes if you have not already done so. For main courses we chose Lightly smoked salmon warm potato salad and creamed morels and Chargrilled lavaret with spring vegetables and new potatoes, Beurre blanc sauce.
Salmon was tasty with potato salad. Found some sand in morels which is not so nice when you bite them. Luckily only one time.
Lavaret or whitefish is propably most common fish in the summer time at Finnish restaurants and it always tastes good. Simple portion with potatoes is like Finnish summer.
For desserts Fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream and Ice cream portion.
Finnish strawberries are delicious but these are the last days to get freshly picked ones. And when it is warm summer, what suits better than ice-cream? Chose tiger ice-cream which has hint of orange taste.
Wine list is fairly short and chose Printz von Hessen which has quite typical young riesling aromas and taste.
Portions are elegantly laid out and tasty. Several waitresses serve you, there does not seem to be named tables for them.
But best of Töölönranta is the terrace which has excellent location surrounded by nature but so close to the center of city. While walking to the restaurant you can admire cultural buildings like Helsinki Music Hall, Finlandia House and Opera House and at the same time observe birds enjoying of Töölönlahti bay.
And at lounge bar you can enjoy aperitives, digestives or just cold drinks in order to relax and make your day perfect.
Good reasons to give high overall grade. Of course dining inside is also enjoyable because of large windows but prefer terrace in the summer.
REVIEW: FOOD 4/5 – SERVICE 4-/5 – OVERALL GRADE 4,5/5