From the White Guide Nordic 2018:

Sea Horse

Fine Level 61
Food rating:23/40Service rating:12/20
Chambre separéeWheelchair accessVegetarian dishes
  • Address: Kapteeninkatu 11, 00140 Helsinki
  • Phone: +358 (0)9 628169
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  • Seats: 148
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 10:30 AM-midnight, Fri 10:30-1 AM, Sat noon-1 AM, Sun noon-midnight. Closed during Christmas and Midsummer
  • Directions: See Google Map underneath
Sea Horse

The good ol’ days

The word on the street is unanimous: “fried Baltic herring and meatballs”. These are the signature dishes at Sea Horse and they have been on the menu since the days when it was little more than a seaside tavern. Nowadays, with its white napkins and tablecloths, it’s hard to imagine the drinking orgies that took place within these olive-coloured walls. Riimihärkää, Finland’s version of beef carpaccio, comes rather too thickly sliced on a bed of mushroom salad, but together with the capers and pickled red onion, the delicate taste of the beef holds its own. World-famous Napue gin from Kyrö Distillery in the middle of Finland goes down surprisingly well with the meat, leaving you with a rather pleasant tingling tongue. The cabbage rolls are doused in thick, dark beef gravy, topped with sweet lingonberries, but they are a little overwhelmed by the neighbouring side of vinegary beetroot, and turn out to be somewhat bland. A pick-me-up in the form of an organic syrah from Chile is a little spicy and does a balancing act with all that acidity. The joint is frequented by Asian tourists along with artists and rock musicians from a bygone era, now greying but still sipping their Koskenkorva (Finnish hooch) shots, while the Swedish-speaking group in the back room shouts “Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah”! Sea Horse is, without doubt, iconic...

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