Restaurant review: Rikhards Gastropub – Second visit 2014

1 11 2014
Rikhard's Gastropub - reijosfood.com

Rikhard’s Gastropub

Our second visit was 6 months after opening. This review focuses on Menu of the day, which two of us tasted. The price for menu is 49€, which might open up door for Michelin Bib Gourmand label.

If you want to read more about restaurant and last visit please click Rikhards | Search Results | Restaurant and wine epicure

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A la carte menu included most of the portions, which were on it 6 months ago. From starter or snacks section Chicken wings and New potatoes with Haugesund herring had dissappeared. It is a pity, because can not remember better tasting wings anywhere.

Had to start the dinner again with POP CORN which last time was pleasant surprise. The consistent excellent quality of this delicious apetizer was still there. Seaweed and chicken skin served with sesame, soy and truffle sour cream is a perfect combination.

Pop Corns - reijosfood.com

Menu of the day included for starter Mussels, for main course Beef tenderloin and for dessert sweet dish.

Moules in white wine sauce with thyme, garlic, cream, bacon and butter were scrumptious because of sauce and add-ons. Mussels are enjoyable anyway, but when they are cooked in a stock or more like a soup, they really make your mouth drooling. You can buy this portion also as main course, which is one option to enjoy shell fish.

Starter was served with ”friend fries”, garlic mayonnaise, spicy peanut butter sauce, and toasted rustic bread.

Mussels - reijosfood.comDinner table at Rikhards

Main course Beef tenderloin was served with French fries, green beans seasoned with bacon, Béarnaise sauce and fresh green salad. Amount of meat was extravagant. I can not remember that would have ever got so huge amount of beef tenderloin or any other meat anywhere.

After eating that pile of meat with delicious bearnaise sauce and glass of red wine, dinner could have ended there. Therefore no pictures about dessert although had to, of course, eat it.

Beef tenderloin at Rikhards - reijosfood.com

 

For wine we chose WIN WIN from German weingut von Winning. Elegant bouquet and balanced taste paired well with mussels and codfish.

Waiter at Rikhard's - reijosfood.com

Riesling at Rikhards - reijosfood.com

Two of us had Torskrygg for main course. Picture on the left is from last visit and on the right from this visit. Excellent dish again, maybe the sauce included now some lactose, as it was left away.

Torskrygg at Rikhards - reijosfood.comTorskrygg at Rikhards - reijosfood.com

 

Food at Rikhards Gastropub was again excellent. You get with only 49€ excellent gourmet dinner, if you choose Menu of the day.

Service was again professional and polite. Gentlemen serving us did great job and get special points for outfit.

Had to improve grade even though scores were high already last time.

It seems that Restamax is actual owner as restaurant webpage is now located on their pages.

REVIEW: FOOD 4,5/5 – SERVICE 4,5/5 – OVERALL GRADE 4+/5

Rikhards | Ravintola.fi

 





Restaurant review: Rikhards Gastropub – Chef Hans Välimäki is back!

13 05 2014

Starters at Rikhards - reijosfood.com

2 Michelin star chef Hans Välimäki is back in business with new restaurant concept. Restaurants were opened early May in the same building where Chez Domique located.

Välimäki is fine dining restaurant with only 8 seats and Rikhards Gastropub more casual place, but with a touch of gourmet. As we received early warning that bookings can be made, we managed to get table less than two weeks from opening of Rikhards.

Decoration of Rikhards Gastropub is like name indicates; pub-styled, masculine and a little bit gloomy. Customers had not yet totally found restaurant, as there were empty tables in the late evening.

Restaurant Välimäki was behind closed doors, but it seemed to be booked-up. 1st Tasting menu with wines costs there a little bit over 300€ per person.

Rikhards Gastropub - reijosfood.comRikhards Gastropub - reijosfood.com

For starters decided to try 4 different portions: ”BAGNA GAUDA” Tarragon & watercress dip w/ season’s vegetables à la Master Ducasse…, ”POP CORN” Seaweed & chicken skin served with sesame, soy & truffle sour cream, SPICY CHICKEN WINGS (HV´S CHICKEN BASKET) Served glazed with kimchi mayonnaise. “Sticky fingers…” and NEW POTATOES WITH HAUGESUND HERRING New potatoes, dill butter & herring caviar.

Waiter suggested to start with “Pop Corn” which was brilliant idea. The dish, you can not get in any other restaurant, was extremely interesting; tasted like pop corn but fortunately impossible to find out taste of chicken skin. Eaten with fingers this starter with dips was excellent. “Pop Corn”, would say is more or less appetizer, because you do not seem to eat anything, threfore it requires another starter to accompany.

Then we tasted herring caviar with potatoes. Caviar was hidden under the potatoes and “oh boy” it was delicious. Must have been smash hit on May Day lunch! As starter has three potatoes, you would not necessarily need to order any other starters.

Then chicken wings, suitably spicy and not too sweet; with mayonnaise really scrumptious combination. Ended starters with fresh vegetables; again the dip was excellent.

Pop Corn at Rikhards - reijosfood.com

Haugesund herring at Rikhards - reijosfood.comChicken wings at Rikhards - reijosfood.comBagna Gauda at Rikhards - reijosfood.com

For main courses we had ”BANGERS & MASH” Salsiccia sausages with potato mash, cucumber & gravy of course… and TORSKRYGG A Swedish classic: codfish seared in brown butter, egg, shrimps, horseradish & velouté sauce w/ dill & mussel.

Three big, luscious and suitably flavored Italian sausages where on the top of mashed potatoes. Must say that if you want to eat all three, take light starter. One mistake was that cucumbers were forgotten, which made the portion look really simple.

Codfish was also delicious. However, the amount of sauce could have been smaller. It seems that main courses are quite sturdy, which suits to the concept.

Bangers & Mash - reijosfood.comTorskrygg at Rikhards - reijosfood.com

After Salsiccia sausages (could not eat all three) and codfish still had to try desserts and ordered KAKKUPALA Piece of cake with the sauce you wish and ICE CREAM & SORBETS.

Lemon tart (Kakkupala) was perfect, especially meringue made in the restaurant kitchen, was great. Ordered first toffee ice-cream, but as it was too salty for dessert and got vanilla ice-cream instead.

Lemon tart at Rikhards - reijosfood.comToffee ice-cream at Rikhards - reijosfood.comVanilla ice-cream at Rikhards - reijosfood.com

Food in Rikhards Gastropub is excellent. Hans Välimäki fills the bill which might be quite high due to his previous success. Without those two small slip up’s (forgotten cucumber and toffee ice-cream), food grade would have been close to 5.

Service was professional and polite. I have seen too often hypocritical, over-lively service leaving sometimes feeling you are treated like a child. Here it was better.

Overall grade would be higher, if pub interior would be more soft. And when confirming reservation, restaurant mentioned that table is reserved for 2 hours, which is quite short time for aperitifs, 3 course meal and coffees. 2 1/2 hours would be worth of 4,5 out of 5.

REVIEW: FOOD 4,5/5 – SERVICE 4+/5 – OVERALL GRADE 4+/5

http://www.rikhards.fi/

 





Restaurant reviews in Helsinki 2014 – many new restaurants opened, many closed

13 01 2015

It is time to summarize restaurant year 2014 in Helsinki by reijosfood.com!

Many restaurants visited, not enough many, but below you can find reijosfood.com TOP “dozen” ranking of visited restaurants. All reviews are opinions of at least two diners. Bon appetit!

Lamb at Demo - reijosfood.com

Demo

Pil red wine at Demo - reijosfood.com

Demo

Demo 14+

Pastor, Rikhards Gastropub, PureBistro and Havis 13,5

Pirate, Copas y Tapas, Strindberg and Ragu 13,00

Gastrobar Emo, Yume and NJK  12,75

Whole list can be found at page “Restaurant reviews – rankings”

Demo proved to be real Michelin star restaurant and took the first place, food and service were perfect.

Pastor with Peruvian cuisine, Rikhards Gastropub and Italian restaurant Ragu were opened 2014, which means that there is still place for good restaurants in Helsinki. But Rikhards informed just recently that they are renewing concept and will reopen in February 2015.

Pekka Koiranen at Pastor - reijosfood.com

Pastor

Starters at Rikhards - reijosfood.com

Rikhards Gastropub

Vitello tonnato at Ragu - reijosfood.com

Ragu

Havis and Pirate offered excellent Christimas Dinner and Christmas Eve experiences and improved rankings a lot due to that. Visited Havis restaurant twice last year.

Salmon at Havis - reijosfood.com

Havis

Pirate

Pirate

PureBistro and Gastrobar Emo continue with right path like Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants should be.

Perch at PureBistro - reijosfood.com

PureBistro

Rainbow trout at Emo - reijosfood.com

Gastrobar Emo

Copas y Tapas has Spanish touch and Yume serves delicious Asian cuisine.

Tapas plate at Copas y Tapas - reijosfood.com

Copas y Tapas

Salmon at Yume - reijosfood.com

Yume

NJK is summer island restaurant worth to visit due to building and location.

NJK - reijosfood.com

NJK

Lamb at NJK - reijosfood.com

NJK

 

From last year TOP list Spis, Muru and Farang were not visited but need to do that 2015! Already hungry?

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2013 rankings were (*restaurant has closed):

1. Spis 13,50

2. Gastrobar Emo and Grotesk Winebar* 13,25

3. Glogatan 4*,  Meche* and Muru 13,00

4. Farang  12,75

Year 2012 results can be found from blog page Restaurant reviews – rankings.

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RESTAURANT REVIEWS – RANKINGS

12 02 2011

reijosfood.com

reijosfood.com focuses on evaluating restaurants when it comes to food served, service, etc. Hopefully you can utilize these reviews some day when you are planning to dine in a restaurant you have not visited before. Reviews are subjective but always at least from two person.

Most reviews cover restaurants in Helsinki, but some of the restaurants visited during vacations might end up here. Suggestions are also welcomed!

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Review scales are: 1 = avoid this restaurant; 5 = excellent

Maximum overall score is 15 points (5+5+5) for food + service + overall grade

 Ranking 2014 in Helsinki, Finland (November 5th)

1. Demo 14+

2. Havis, Pastor, Rikhards Gastropub and PureBistro 13+

6. Copas y Tapas, Strindberg and  Ragu 13

9. Emo, Yume and NJK 13-

12. Savoy and Töölönranta 12+

14. Pastis, Presto and Faro 12

17. El Greco, Blue Peter and Alberga 12-

20. Minos 11,5

21. Bronda 11+

22. Grotesk 11

23. Lumbini and Salutorget 10,5

25. Goce (closed)  and Toscanini 10-

26. Kaarna 9

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TOP “5” Ranking 2013 in Helsinki, Finland (final)

1. Spis 13,50

2. Gastrobar Emo and Grotesk Winebar (closed) 13+ (shared place)

3. Glogatan 4 (closed), Meche (closed) and Muru 13,00 (shared place)

5. Farang  13-

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TOP “5” Ranking 2012 in Helsinki, Finland (final)

1. Farang 14,00

2. Demo 13,50

3. Copas y Tapas 13,50

4. SPIS 13+

5. Havis 13,00

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Lamb at Demo - reijosfood.com

Lamb at Demo – reijosfood.com

Tapas at Copas y Tapas

Tapas at Copas y Tapas – reijosfood.com

Farang_2

Starters at Farang – reijosfood.com

PureBistro - reijosfood.com

Fish at Pure Bistro – reijosfood.com








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