From the White Guide Nordic 2018:


Fine Level 60
Food rating:24/40Service rating:12/20
Tables outsideWheelchair accessVegetarian dishes
  • Address: Kalevankatu 3, 00100 Helsinki
  • Phone: +358 (0)9 647 255
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  • Seats: 96
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 AM-1 AM, Sat 4 PM-1 AM

The Grande Dame of Finnish restaurants

Sticking to its lofty traditions, this restaurant has been a popular eatery ever since it was established in 1924. It’s withstood a world war and still maintains its elegance and high standards. The Art Deco interior with wood-panelled cubicles and chandeliers speaks of a lavish era. Just walking in makes you feel like you’re stepping back in time. The same can be said of the formal staff, whose years of experience are evident in the way they go about their business. The menu, too, doesn’t change much. While Wiener Schnitzel with mashed potatoes will always be there, they do go out on a limb with seasonal ingredients. The foie gras starter melts in your mouth and the sweet flavour contrasts well with the slightly tart pickled red onion on the side, but the predictable sweet wine pairing, Braastad Pineau des Charentes, is on the verge of overpowering the delicate dish. The grilled sweetbreads are crispy around the edges and soft in the middle but the veal that comes with them is a little tough and not as warm as it should be. Year in and year out, Kosmos is still a favourite for many Finns, if for no other reason but sentimentality and a yearning for times gone by...

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