We Finns are an odd bunch when it comes to being social. In the winter, we are not very social. In the summer, we are the opposite. Or what do you think of this? A dinner for a few hundred strangers on a road in the city center..
Coffee, that most important of beverages.
Sometimes, more often than not, it seems that one is a bit tired and needs something to reinvigorate the mind. Coffee to the rescue that to me is the primary solution.
I do know that coffee only helps for a while but still associated with the fact that it lets the mind relax and gives a bit of energy it helps me to focus.
A quick glance on the street food festival that took place last weekend in Helsinki, aka Streat Helsinki Eats.
Lot of people camee to taste and enjoy great street food, all in all apparently something north of 30 000.
From the food truck, excellent Marrakesh inspired street food. Tasty, vegetarian dish.
“french fries” of mixed root vegetables. Yummy!
Tar-lemonade. Ah, lovely flavor!
Sausage-fest in the truest sense. These were hand-made, and lamb-meat in one of the sausage types. Pretty nice!
A hamburger, the definate street food for the ages. This one was filled with yellow-muschrooms (kanttarelli). A Swedish food truck the source of it!
All in all a wonderful day, albeit very cold and windy.
Sometimes the simplest things are the best. Take for instance food. It does not need to be always mega-hyper complicated to taste great.
This was just a moments thought and a few minutes of preparation. Fresh asparagus, mashed potatoes with a spot of cream and butter 🙂 and fresh veggies on the side. Cottage cheese to give some protein. A bit of work to get the potatoes peeled and a boiled, all in all from preparation to the plate in under 25 minutes. The taste, well excellent is the word I would use!
As there is still recession or at least a period of very slow growth in the Finnish economy, it seems that the fine dining scene is suffering a bit. At the same time there seems to be a lot of new relatively affordable restaurants opened.
Which leads me to believe that people are more careful of their spending and this of course is great for the places where you can dine and drink and the bill will still be small enough to “digest” as well.
Which brings me to the restaurant called Nom which was opened a while back near Töölölahti and very near the railway station. A place to eat lunch in the day time and enjoy a bit of food and after work as well.
As Nom is located in a new building that opened to the customers in 2014 the restaurant space is open, beautiful and spotless. There is a view toward the Music house on the otherside and the railroad to the other.
The menu consists of street food style things so there is for example hamburgers and hot dogs which are of course served as you would in a restaurant. Most portions can be ordered in small and normal sizes. Tje prices very competitive.
I ordered in the normal size but I would think the small would be great for the ladies.
The fillings aa well as the bread were very good and not too wet with mayonnaise. Top marks.
The dessert is a changing affair so you need to ask the waiters. On the day the choice was a pannacotta or rockyroad. For the sake of testing I had both and especially the pannacotta was really good.
All in all a very positive feeling and I will visit again.
To the Nom web page