February 23, 2017

Helsinki Michelin Stars

The Michelin guide gave recommendations to the finest restaurants in Finland.

About the author

Joona Lehto

#heleats

Helsinki Michelin Restaurants

The stars have been published in the Michelin Nordic Guide 2017 and all of our Helsinki Michelin starred restaurants kept their stars: Restaurant Olo, Restaurant Ask, Chef & Sommelier and Restaurant Demo. Restaurant Gaijin, Restaurant Farang, Restaurant Boulevard Social and Restaurant Emo got the Bib Gourmand mention once again! Hoorray! Good job everyone. Below are brief introductions about the restaurants that got the stars.

RESTAURANT OLO

Stars: 1
Story: “We purchase our ingredients mainly from small and familiar domestic and Nordic producers that keep a high standard”.
Location: Pohjoisesplanadi 5
Open: Lunch Tuesday to Friday 11:30 – 15:00, dinner 18:00 – 24:00 Sat 18:00 – 24:00
facebook.com/RavintolaOlo
olo-ravintola.fi/en

RESTAURANT CHEF & SOMMELIER

Stars: 1
Story: “We are a restaurant that focuses on organic produce”.
Location: Huvilakatu 28
Open: Dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 18:00
facebook.com/restaurantchefetsommelier
chefetsommelier.fi/en

RESTAURANT ASK

Stars: 1
Story: “All products comes from organic or biodynamic farming, except the game, wild fish and other foraged products. Our inspiration comes from the nature, the environment and the people around us”.
Location: Vironkatu 8
Open: Lunch Friday to Saturday 11:30 – 13:00,  dinner Tuesday to Saturday 18:00 – 00:00
facebook.com/restaurantask
restaurantask.com

RESTAURANT DEMO

Stars: 1
Story: “We believe in great food as a bonder between people enjoying time together. Demo is dedicated to providing the best environment for this, with a flawless basic design but no extra fuss. One is allowed to laugh hard. And forget the tie.”
Location: Uudenmaankatu 9-11
Open: Dinner Tuesday to Saturday 16:00 – 23:00
facebook.com/ravintolademo
restaurantdemo.fi

About Michelin Guide

Michelin stars are highly known classification given every year by the Michelin Guide. For many chefs and restaurants the stars are the highest tribute in the world of culinary arts. From the guide people can find every star-restaurants classification, phone number, opening hours and a small presentation text about its specialities.

The given stars tell the reader about the quality of the restaurant on Michelin’s perspective. Restaurant can get one, two or three stars, and of course getting three stars is the ultimate dream for many chefs. The ratings are:
1-star: A very good restaurant in its category.
2-star: Excellent cooking, worth a detour.
3-star: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.
Rising star: An indication that a restaurant has the potential to qualify for a star.

Michelin also gives Bib Gourmand mentions for restaurants that serve “exceptional good food at moderate prices”. This means that food is great and you don’t have to pay hundreds of euros for a meal.

The Michelin has five key benchmarks that the Michelin inspectors really observe and judge about the food:
· The quality of ingredients
· The skill in their preparation and the combination of flavours
· The level of creativity
· The value for money
· The consistency of culinary standards
The inspectors also look at common things like décor and service, but they are “not supposed” to affect the rating.