Restaurant review: Pirate Helsinki – Christmas buffet 2014

20 12 2014

Santa Claus -

Santa Claus at Pirate Helsinki

Traditional Finnish Christmas buffet usually includes freshly salted fishes, roes, Christmas ham, casseroles and rosolli (beetroot, pickled cucumber, apple, carrot and whipped cream). Restaurant Pirate Helsinki serves instead of “basic” christmas food many rare delicacy traditional dishes.

Pirate Helsinki served 6th time Christmas buffet in cozy and vivacious athmosphere. This was our second visit in a row. Decision to reserve table was made right after our first visit last year.

Again, one of the most famous Finnish chef’s Markus Maulavirta, was helping in the kitchen.

Markus Maulavirta -

Menu is unfortunately only in Finnish but it includes for instance herrings, roes, smoked fishes, game dishes and different type of side dishes. For dessert you can choose Finnish cheeses and sweet desserts.

Pirate Christmas restaurant menu -

Only dish served to the table, first on the menu, Mushroom-truffle soup, was delicious.

Soup at Pirate  -

All other foods and dishes were on the buffet tables. Because of the wide selection of dishes available, I am not going to bore you by writing detailed description and review of each piece of food tasted. Instead, picture is worth of thousand words.

Pirate buffet - reijosfood.comPirate buffet -

Smoked Salmon at Pirate -

Main courses at Pirate -

Dessert Buffet at Pirate -

Buffets can be insidious, you can eat too much and you notice it only after you have finished dinner. But if you decide just to taste small pieces of each food, then you can survive.

Pirate manages well in serving Christmas buffet dinner. In the summer time going is more simple but as relaxed.

One + more for the overall grade, if wine list would have been as luxorious as buffet. Three white and red wines do not necessarily pair with all available savory foods. We had for white wine Petit Chablis, which is enough “neutral” for most of the dishes. Of course beer would be one option as it is quite common drink with christmas time.

Petit Chablis

See you next year again!


Merry Christmas -

Pirate – Etusivu.



8 responses

24 12 2014
Lilly Sue

Yum! Looks like a fun dinner! Have a Merry Christmas!

24 12 2014

Thanks for reading! Merry Christmas!

21 12 2014

awww, this is such a christmas-y dinner as it’s supposed to be… hahaha! lovely!

21 12 2014

Food was excellent! Lot’s of Christmas decoration at the restaurant. Merry Christmas!

21 12 2014
Debra Kolkka

It looks wonderful. I hope you have a great Christmas. Thank you for your reviews.

21 12 2014

Food was great as well as athmosphere. Thanks for comment and Merry Christmas!

20 12 2014

That is a positive review for a buffet. Most buffet I’ve reviewed have fallen short.

21 12 2014

Yes, everything was fresh!

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