So, Restaurantday was again. 🙂 The food festival is still going strong in Finland and more and more gaining new ground in other countries such as Japan, Denmark, Russia etc. Great to hear. Compared to last winters restaurantday the weather this February 16th was totally different. Last year the temperature was quite cold with a proper winter and snow. This year however, there was at times a totally immersive fog. Later on in the day it was also raining. Still a great day with some nice treats. I approached the day a bit differently. Instead of a 50mm lens I took a more wide-angle lens and the photos are therefore more of the surroundings than the tighter details. OF course this also meant I was photographing the architecture and a bit of the scenery when possible.
As you can see from the above photo the fog was of course quite beautiful and gives the landmarks of the city a little bit of that extra something. The different “restaurants were as usual located all over the city so it was only natural to use the Restaurantday app to check out which places to visit and eat at this time.
Walking through Kruununhaka region on the way to African cuisine. THe building of the Bank of Finland. The statue, JV Snellman, one of the most important statesmen in our lands history and one of the persons who awoke the yearning for an independent state.
There is a bit of the more pompous architecture in Helsinki as well. Although such buildings are relatively rare as we Finns are not ones to build such monuments.
A small office in the heart of Kruununhaka, the first stop. The food was from Madagaskar and excellent. I was a bit suprised at the use of spices. But a great first stop. Did not get any useable photos of the food inside, so you will just have to take my word for it 🙂
Not so much snow in the city.
Two different pop-up restaurants on this side street. Indian cuisine inside a yoga school. Great small treats, I tasted a nice dessert which was sweet, not spicy for once(I have a long history of eating Indian cuisine and getting suprised by the inclusion of spices in places one would not expect).
The second restaurant was selling raw cakes (you know, the ones which are all the rage with vegetarians). The cakes looked nice,the prices however were way too high for the spirit of the festival. The other day I read from the newspaper that the restaurant will be starting in the same place for real and this was a test run. No wonder the prices were so high..
Onwards and to Esplanadi park.
Here the resturants were under the skies or in tents and there was also rather more bustling and people enjoying food.
Also tourists mingling with the locals.
There was even lines in some of the booths.
Enjoying the food.
Great Thai chicken at a nice price. Of course I had to take a bite 🙂
African Mama wings had also chicken wings with a bit of spice. Excellent!
People in the fog.
A bit of dessert. 🙂