From the White Guide Nordic 2018:

Smyg Helsinki

Fine Level 68
Food rating:27/40Service rating:13/20
BarChambre separéeBar menuWheelchair accessVegetarian dishes
  • Address: Eerikinkatu 2, 00100 Helsinki
  • Phone: +358 (0)10 3228 147
  • Web:
  • Seats: 120
  • Opening Hours: Mon 11 AM–3 PM, Tue-Fri 11 AM-midnight, Sat 1 PM-midnight.

Dining in the secret garden

Smyg used to be called Sinne and was the second location of the renowned Porvoo restaurant. Now Janne Aaltonen is running things on his own with Chef Karri Davidson. The charm of the place relies much on the back room, a three-storey-high space now decorated with greenery that they call The Garden. It’s something for other restaurants to envy. The menu relies on domestic produce, fish, game, vegetables (especially spring “primeurs”), and wild berries. The result is usually inventive and tasty. Lamb pastrami is delicious with Jerusalem artichokes prepared in two ways. But the flavour of smoke in the pheasant is a bit overpowering. The panna cotta has a hint of thyme and is accompanied by wild-tasting bilberry sorbet. In the centre of Helsinki the competition can be tough, even though at lunchtime there are enough customers to go around. In the evening Smyg has tried to attract a new clientele by dining without the lights on, as is now the trend in some cities. In the dark room guests are presented with a menu they have no say over. Pay as you like. The events have been surprisingly popular and are planned to continue come the dark season...

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