In Finland midsummer is celebrated every year on the first Saturday after June 19th – June 23rd this year – and marks the beginning of summer vacations for Finns. During this holiday time, which can last a full month or even more, also many restaurants are closed. So if you plan to visit Helsinki during this time of the year, remember that you will have less choice for eating out. One of them is the KuuKuu restaurant in Töölö.
I’ve been to KuuKuu several times before, and I’ve never been disappointed so far. KuuKuu offers traditional Finnish dishes such as salmon soup and also several dishes with seasonal vegetables and local products. My favorite dishes are grilled veal liver and the fish of the day, but this time I wanted to try something new!
Summer is the best time to enjoy the terrace. I did not do, but I hope to sit there some other time.
The interiors of the restaurant are very nice. The architecture design is very elegant and simple at the same time: not many items on the walls and balanced color tone ranging from black to light brown and white. The furniture itself is gorgeous! There is my favorite chair as well🙂
The Domus stacking chair was designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara in 1946. He was one of greatest architects as well as interior and furniture designer. When I visited KuuKuu for first time, I was impressed by this chair because it was very comfortable and fitted me very well. However, I did not know that it is a very expensive chair and designed by one the most famous Finnish designers until I saw it in the design museum in Helsinki one month ago😀
Some cute characters introduce the menu, and welcome the customer to a simple table setting.
I started with a roasted onion tart with apple pickle. The caramelized onions on top of the tart had a wonderful flavor. It was truly delicious, and matched very well the sweet and sour apple pickle. I love caramelized onions because, despite being a simple ingredient, they bring beautiful color, natural flavor, and perfect sweetness. I enjoyed them so much!
My table-companion got marinated hare fillet with mushroom and potato ragout, and game sauce. The meat was very tender and juicy, and fresh mushrooms were a very good match.
I ended my meal with the chef’s trio of desserts: summer berries pudding, homemade chocolate ice cream, and cheese cake. I had a glass of dessert wine, but I forgot to take a picture😉
I am so glad that KuuKuu is open despite holidays, so that I always have a place where to go eat good food! Enjoy!