August 30, 2016

The Cock Tasty and Laid-Back

A guest article by Heidi @eatmyhelsinki

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Heidi Korpela

Heidi behind the @eatmyhelsinki Instagram account.
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THE COCK HELSINKI

Location: Fabianinkatu 17 
Open: Mon-Fri 07:30 – 15:00, 16:00 – 24:00/02:00, Sat 12:00 – 24:00/02:00
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Richard McCormick and Ville Relanders’ names are on everyone’s lips now that they opened the hugely popular Holiday Bar at Katajanokka this summer. Only about 1.5 years earlier they opened playfully named bistro The Cock by the Kasarmitori square (spoiler: yes, I am also going to praise the “title dish” cock wings). After a couple of visits The Cock has become one of my favourite places in Helsinki. This ” Eatery, Rotisserie and Bar” is laid-back and no doubt noisy meeting place, but if one can make assumptions on the packed lunch servings and this busy Friday evening, it works and the food is tasty.

The Cock Helsinki

The Cock Helsinki

One pretty summer evening we decided to try our luck and see if we can get a table from The Cock although it was already close to six. We were given a table that had a reservation at eight, as long as two hours was enough. We promised it was, we were here only for a quick bite.

It seemed only the upstairs was open, or at least I saw no traffic going downstairs. The tables are really close to each other, so close we in fact exchanged a couple of words with the couple sitting next to us – how very un-Finnish of us! I didn’t mind sitting so close to the next couple, it suits the huge family dinner vibe of the place, but just to warn those who want to have an intimate, romantic dinner: this might not be the best choice.

Before this evening I had only visited The Cock for lunch and one Christmas dinner. On the latter I had the cock wings that everyone praise and go well together with sparkly wine. So naturally we chose that for starter, as well as the oyster platter my companion craved for. Both worked well with sparkly wine trendily served from a small water glass. So yes, I am going to say the same as everyone else: the cock wings are definitely worth the mess. And the oysters as well!

Cock wings

Cock wings

Oysters

Oysters

When choosing the main course I had difficulties choosing between Tokyo bowl and Saigon plate. Tokyo plate comes with either grilled salmon or jalotofu, with sushi rice, Tokyo gold, kimchi and such. Saigon plate is vegan with veef, rice noodles, lemon grass, peanuts, coconut and thai basil. I ended up having the Saigon plate, which was altogether very tasty, the rice noodles very crispy and veef spicy. Veef is some kind of a personal favourite, I warmly recommend to have it as a taco filling at Ahorita (a place which also has a connection to McCormick).

The Cock Helsinki

The Cock Helsinki

The Cock Helsinki

Saigon plate

My date chose the organic beef tartar for main course, of which I was allowed to have a bite. It was so good I decided to have it myself the next time we come here. Also it is always nice to see organic meat on a menu, although I have happily noticed it has become more and more common.

The Cock Helsinki

Beef tartar

The Cock Helsinki

Interior at The Cock Helsinki

By the time we had finished our main courses it was already quarter to eight, but the waiter said there was still time for dessert. My date settled for coffee but I chose the day’s raw cake (another delight in the menu). A piece that looked quite big with a pile of berries and flowers on top of it was a perfect ending for an evening snack that was slightly bigger than I had originally planned for. A couple of minutes to eight we were ready and made room for next gourmands. And I only have to wait another year to be able to visit McCormick and Relander’s next project: a vegetarian restaurant that is going to replace one of Finland’s oldest McDonald’s at Iso Roobertinkatu.

The Cock Helsinki

Raw cake for dessert

The Cock Helsinki

Raw cake