From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Eteläesplanadi 20, 00130 Helsinki
- Phone: +358 (0)10 322 9388
- Web: www.ravintolabronda.fi
- Seats: 250
- Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11 AM–2 PM, Mon-Wed 5 PM–00 AM (kitchen closes 10:30 PM), Thu–Sat 3 PM–2 AM (kitchen open 5-10:30 PM, snack menu available), Sat 12–4 PM (kitchen closes 3 PM).
Family-style modern brasserie with a trendy elegance
The celebrity chef duo of Tomi Björck and Matti Wikberg are the creators behind many of Helsinki’s beloved restaurants, and Bronda is the flagship. The restaurant is delightfully spacious and airy, with a stylish interior. A large bar welcomes diners but the real eye-catcher is the floor-to-ceiling wine cabinet that separates the bar from the dining room. Wine is also the big focus of the beverage menu and the wine pairings are competent. The selection of beer, however, is short enough for the server to recite the list out loud. The menu is a bit unfocused and mainly influenced by Italian, Spanish and French cuisine and all of the dishes are elegantly presented and served family style. In the snack section, the green-lipped mussel with shallots nicely combines ocean and herby flavours with the crunch of sweet breadcrumbs on top. The finger-licking good baby back ribs are less elegant but incredibly tender and served with flavourful sweet and sour pickled red cabbage. The meal finishes on a high note with a tiramisu topped with a scoop of coffee ice cream. The bitter flavours from the coffee and the dark chocolate ganache create a well-balanced dessert with the smooth mascarpone cream. The service is alert, warm, and professional, but at times the dishes arrive faster than we can finish them. There’s a strange lack of communication between the kitchen and the floor – especially noticeable as the entire service crew is carrying walkie-talkies...
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