Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar at Stockmann, Helsinki

6 04 2014

Champagne bar at Stockmann - reijosfood.com

Fazer 8th Floor restaurants at Stockmann include cafes, self-service food market, a la carte restaurant and champagne bar. In February 2014 Moet Hennessy and Fazer joined forces and re-opened the bar and named it as Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar.

Veuve Clicquot appears at the world’s most prestigious department stores such as Harrods in London, Oberpollinger in Munich and NK in Stockholm. Now, this luxorious brand is also present in Helsinki, at department store Stockmann.

Glass walls and elegant furnishing are almost the same as before, but yellow Veuve Clicquot brand color dominates now at the bar.

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Bar serves Veuve Clicquot champagnes by glass or bottle, but also offers opportunity for tasting of 3 different champagnes; Veuve Clicquot Brut, Veuve Clicquot Rosé and Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004, 4 cl’s each.

There was loyalty offer for Stockmann customers, which waitress did not know, when we placed the order. After checking she was willing to serve us. Would say that price/quality ratio was excellent!

Veuve Clicquot bottle and glass

Veuve Clicquot champagne - reijosfood.com

Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar at Stockmann is perfect place to drop by before dinner (notice opening hours which are the same as department store has) or relax when shopping till you drop.

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There are some snacks available but each of them include bread. Tried shrimps and manchego cheese but did not touch the bread. Some improvement for the snacks would be suitable as they are not at the same level as everything else at the bar.

Snacks at Champagne bar - reijosfood.com

http://www.fazer.fi/kahvilat-ja-leipomot/kahvilat–ravintolat/stockmann/fazer-8th-floor/fazer-champagne/

 





Champagne with ice – Moet Ice Imperial

9 06 2013

Moet Ice Imperial

One Tiny Champagne Bar is located in the corner of Stockmann opposite the Svenska Teatern. It has cozy terrace which serves breakfast and as name says champagnes. Do not try to order other sparkling wines because they do not have them. Excellent place to observe passers-by.

One discovery during Helsinki Samba Carneval was Champagne Moet Ice Imperial from Moet & Chandon. This champagne breaks tradition you are not allowed to drink champagne without ice. You must also flavor the drink with fresh mint and lime or orange zest.

Champagne is served in white class which again breaks traditions. Ice cubes are in specially designed white bowl as well as “spices” in separate pigeonhole. Also bottle is white, carefully styled ensemble.

Ice bowl

First impression was that this might be hit in the summer but it takes time to balance the taste. Maybe two citrus fruits are too much, lime seemed to suit better than orange. You also have to crunch mint because unbroken small leaf does not give enough flavour. Bar could add another mint leaf on pigeonhole which might also help. If you like lots of bubbles you may not like this champange because ice cubes naturally reduce them.

http://www.fazer.fi/Palvelut/Kahvilat-ja-Ravintolat/One-Tiny-Champagne-Bar/





Review of Stockmann Herkku dining spots

6 04 2013

Stockmann Aleksi in Helsinki is the biggest department store in the Nordics. Stockmann has several locations in Finland but is also growing in Russia.

Stockmann Herkku (Delikatessen) sells food products and groceries in each Stockmann department store. In other foreign countries where Stockmann operates, Herkku is called Delikatess (Estonia), Delikatese (Latvia) sekä Gastronome (Russia).

Biggest Stockmann Herkku is in the flagship store in the center of Helsinki. It also has couple of nice dining spots which we have planned to try quite long.

First spot was Meals Bar where we had few tapas and some fruit salad.

Stockmann Meals

Three different tapas were Parma ham, Chevre and Cold smoked salmon on rye bread. To be honest they were dissappointing goodies. Rye bread and Parma ham does not fit together. Chevre was too cold because all tapas were in cold place. Cold smoked salmon was a little bit dry. Fortunately fruit salad was fresh. You can choose from 2 white and 2 red wines, one cava and one champagne to pair your food.

Tapas

After tapas visited Coffee Bar serving different coffees, teas and some fondants but also some dessert beverages like grappa, cognac etc…Decided to order espresso, simmered green tea, grappa and few chocolate fondants. Must say these fondants were better than usually Petit fours are for dessert. Can recommend!

Stockmann Coffee Bar

Tapas selection at Stockmann Herkku varies day by day, so another day might provide better experience at Meals Bar. Believe fondants are always as good as they were this time.





2nd Starbucks in Finland, first in Helsinki

21 08 2012

Regarding to some sources (Markkinointi & Mainonta) second Starbucks should be opened at Akateeminen Kirjakauppa which is part of Stockmann Group. Biggest Akateeminen is located on the corner of Pohjois-Esplanadi and Keskuskatu. There are already two cafes in book store but Starbucks might change the situation.

https://reijosfood.com/2012/05/23/starbucks-has-opened-in-finland/

http://www.marmai.fi/uutiset/pelastaako+java+chip+frappuccino+akateemisen+kirjakaupan+kituvan+lippulaivamyymalan/a830286

http://www.akateeminen.com/

http://www.starbucks.com/





Viking restaurant Harald has opened in Helsinki

25 05 2012
CULINARY VOYAGE INTO THE PAST
Harald’s Viking milieu takes  on a voyage back to the age of the Vikings, where food and drink highlight the festivities. Restaurant operates already in Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Lahti, Oulu, Tampere and Turku.
In Helsinki Harald opened on 24th May and locates in Aleksanterinkatu 21 near Stockmann department store. The address is the same for Hard Rock Cafe but only HRC has entrance in Aleksanterinkatu.

Opening hours

Mon-Tue 11-23
Wed-Thu 11-24
Fri 11-01
Sat 12-01, Sun 13-22

http://www.ravintolaharald.fi/?lang=en

http://www.ravintolaharald.fi/yhteystiedot

You can gain some understanding of restaurant athmosphere by watching this ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en&v=EOgsxJvjj8c








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