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I had the pleasure of eating at one of Helsinki’s most famous restaurants, Olo. The restaurant has been awarded the highly regarded Michelin star and has many positive reviews online. The dining experience was aptly described in their menu as a “two-hour firework show of flavor”.
The first course was already waiting at the table. It was a malt bread served with a spruce mayonnaise. It was presented with a beautiful nature theme.
The next course featured lettuce with smoked salmon following Swiss chard topped with Selin blue cheese, strawberries and nuts. I especially liked the smoked salmon, which tasted very fresh.
Next we had a modern take on a classic Finnish dish: Emmer semolina topped with smoked reindeer heart and mushroom.
Next we were served freshly baked bread with baby lamb and various sauces. You could compile the toppings on your bread according to your taste. This was one of my favorite dishes of the evening.
Followed by baby lamb next dish was new potatoes with soured cream. While the dish was underwhelming in its initial presentation (the potatoes are under the salad), it was really delightful. Who knew you could make potatoes taste interesting?
The next dish was easily the most impressive in its presentation in my opinion. It was a mosaic made of pike perch and leek’s ash served with cucumber. I can’t even imagine the time spent on making this beautiful piece of art.
After pike pirch we were served broccolini with a black currant leaf and some spruce mayonnaise. The end of the broccolini had been dipped in batter and deep-fried.
The last warm dish was another masterpiece in its presentation. It was cod served with ramson and a “net” made of potato.The dish looked as if a cod has been caught in a fish net, which was truly impressive!
For dessert we had rhubarb and ice cream made of tagetes (a herbaceous plant). We also had some coffee, which came with black currant toffee and a pastry, that had raspberry and rose inside.
The idea behind Olo is to tell a story through food. It is equally a visual experience as it is a gastronomical one. The experience was one of a kind, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone visiting Helsinki!
I'm Tuomas Aimonen and I'm a 17-year-old high school student in Tampere Finland. In my blogs i offer a young persons perspective on the Finnish lifestyle. I hope you find my posts interesting and entertaining.