As one of the main focuses of this blog has always been food, I have been a bit sad to have so few restaurant reviews in the last few months. The reason being, I have eaten more at home or at the same familiar places which have nothing new to report of.
However a new acquaintance came in the form of Empire Plaza. The Chinese restaurant located in /beside Kamppi shopping centre, at the heart of the city. A place which I have often thought of visiting but have for some reason or the other always passed by. Either because of the restaurant being full, or because of a craving for a different sort of food. Finally I had the chance to visit and eat at this restaurant.
First impressions. A rather large and comfortable restaurant with a nice atmosphere. The waiters are very accommodating and the serving works as it should. Menu is already on the table, and drinks come quickly. Price wise not the cheapest Chinese restaurant in Helsinki, but also not too expensive and in-line with the look of the place.
The menu was quite large and consists of vegetarian, meat and seafood options as well as Dim Sum. There were also enough spicier versions for those wishing their food has a bit of bite..
One of the restaurants specialties: sizzling food. This portion was King Prawn skewers in satay sauce. Excellent. And the sizzle was spectacular as the sauce was poured on the hot plate.
My choice for this visit was a wok called Nam Yu. The food included bamboo shoots, cabbage, mushrooms, noodles etc. The portion came in a beautiful wooden carriage. Great looking, and the food tasted excellent as well. Only trouble was I am not good in eating with “sticks” so had to resort to fork and knife halfway through. Not a fault of the food, but my own. Need to practice more..
In conclusion, Empire Plaza was a positive restaurant to visit and I will be definitely visiting it again sooner rather than later. Probably to eat some properly made Cantonese duck.