In Helsinki, beautiful design does not stop with the food. We enjoyed a meal at popular gastronomic restaurant, Olo, whose menu boasts first class ingredients from small Finnish producers. It was a special meal because John and I were celebrating our second wedding anniversary, always more enjoyable when spent together in such an amazing European capital.
I began my meal with a signature cocktail from their list. We relaxed and took in our surroundings - a warm, muted and efficient room that allows you to feel comfortable and focus on the food. And for good reason - the dishes are delightful. We were asked to choose between 'Matka' ('The Journey') with 9 courses, or 'Retki' ('Shorter Way'). We chose this six course menu to be paired with wines.
I cannot remember the names of all the dishes and the menu lists only ten ingredients and their origins to whet our appetites. The wines included selections from a variety of regions, including Australia, Austria and France. Each dish was inventive and complex, with perfectly balanced flavours. Dessert was fun - we were first presented with a fresh blueberry and lemon dessert, followed by the aroma of cinnamon with a warm, spicy Finnish apple concoction in a pot. Just when we thought we were finished, handmade mini-popsicles appeared for a sweet end to the evening.
Olo Restaurant and Bar is located at Kasarmikatu 44 in Helsinki's Design District (ola-ravintola.fi). After a romantic meal, retreat to the comfort of your suite at Klaus K Hotel for more beautiful luxury in Finland's capital.