2 x Helsinki: a sea view and a delicious krog discovery

Almost every time I walk the streets of Helsinki a new restaurant has popped up in one corner or in another block. That’s one of the things I love about the city: new places and pop ups emerging. We had passed Krog Roba (Pieni Roobertinkatu 1-3) several times and last Saturday as we were searching for a cozy place to dine in this atmospheric restaurant came to mind. And they had a table for two. The place opened in August, so it’s not brand new but it was on my would be a nice place to test tip list.

But before dinner time it was time to raise a toast to summer at the Allas Sea Pool by the Market Square and the Ferris wheel. The summer terraces of the place are open now and in August they will open the sea water pools and saunas. A public sauna boom is alive and strong in Helsinki right now. I look forward to seeing what the sea spa will be like when it opens big time. Now the view gave both to oceanic Helsinki and to the construction containers.


And then to Krog Roba. It was a purely delicious. The restaurant space is stylish, spacious and bright with high windows, a beautiful floor pattern and original lamps. The service was friendly and fast. The menu is built around Scandinavian flavours and included many tasty sounding alternatives. We went for the Danish open sandwich with juniper smoked duck leg and pickled vegetables and a salad with arctic char and baby potatoes for starters and for the glazed veal and the marbled beef fillet for the mains. The food was yummy. An extra mentioning goes to the home made crispbread with a lot of crunchy seeds. Also the portion called something small and sweet on the desert menu gains cuteness points.

The only critical remark is that it’s quite pricy: the price level of a very fine restaurant and at least for me the krog part in the name suggests a bistro like quarter restaurant with a laid back atmosphere and also a difference in prices compared to a fine-dining place. The feeling of the place was elegant and pleasant: if you want to dine in a bustling hotspot then this is not the apt choice.  But  all in all, it was delightful.

davThe magical light of summer evenings, love it.

A tip for tomorrow (Sun, 13.9.)

“At least you can’t say you didn’t know.

That sentence stood by the pictures of Niklas Meltio, a photojournalist from Helsinki, at the photo exhibition Next Generation: Young Eyes of Photojournalism at the Cable Factory in Helsinki (in the space Valssaamo). My tip for Sunday, September 13, is that go and see the exhibition. Tomorrow is the last day of the six-day show and hence the last chance.  It’s free entry.

The exhibition displays photographs from ten young photojournalists. The topics range from the attire of a tribe in Namibia to gay rodeo in America and to children with a rare disease. The pictures that had the strongest effect on me were the pictures by Maija Tammi of used radiation therapy masks and the series by Kaisu Jouppi of women who had suffered a stillbirth.

20150911_174542Photographs of gay rodeo by Karoliina Paatos at the Next Generation exhibition.

I want to see good photo exhibitions because they show and convey new and different ways to see the world and teach me something new. When leaving the Cable Factory yesterday I felt touched, taken (goose bumps in fact) of the talent, slightly anxious of the different hazards of this world and that I had learned something.

My tip, go.