Thursday, October 27, 2016

Chef & Sommelier @ Helsinki, Finland

One of Helsinki's four Michelin-starred restaurants, Chef & Sommelier succeeds in impressing with a thoughtful, meticulous selection of seasonal produce - on one evening, the fireworks kicked off even before the meal proper, with an invigorating amuse bouche of a broccoli stem marinated in apple juice vinegar, topped with horseradish cream & toasted quinoa puffs, served alongside sourdough & rosemary rye bread that took three days to bake, paired with house-made butter & celeriac salt.

The ingredients pretty much speak for themselves, eloquently conveying fresh, compelling flavours from Finland's land & sea: Roasted beetroot with red currants, blackcurrants, raspberries & blackcurrant leaves ...

... melt-in-the-mouth, buttery wild salmon ceviche (like the Kobe beef of salmon) with pickled cucumbers & fava bean emulsion ...

... 'risotto' of sunflower seeds with fava bean cream, sunflower bulbs, sunflower leaves & roasted zucchini ...

... smoked dried reindeer heart shaved like Parmesan over siikli sweet potatoes (boiled in onion ash) & lingonberries ...

... lamb neck with charred celeriac, garden-grown leaves & grilled tomato jus ...

 ... six kinds of root vegetables topped with pickled chanterelles ...

... four-month-aged Finnish goat's cheese with rhubarb jam & flatbread ...


... lemon basil sorbet ...

... fresh tomato tart with fermented rhubarb, rhubarb sorbet & own-made white chocolate ...

... & blueberry parfair with pine needle vinegar & blueberries salted in brown butter, alongside coffee-dusted apple cake.

   The menu is matched with natural-tasting wines that showcase plenty of character but nonetheless allow room for the food to breathe & thrive. A Scandinavian sour beer surprise near the end caps off this sterling first meal in this beautiful Nordic nation.


Chef & Sommelier
Helsinki, Finland.

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10 comments:

  1. Oh? So there is actually a place by this name, or maybe there are more than one at other places in the world. All this while, I thought it's just the name of my Singapore friend's blog. That 2nd last pic is postcard perfect - stunning, beautiful!

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    1. Suituapui: heh, there are a few 'chef & sommelier' brands scattered around the world, though this seems to be the only restaurant ;) and yes, finland is lovely :D

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  2. Finland definitely equal to Santa Claus, for me at least, pardon for my shallow-minded :P The food u shared looks amazing nonetheless!

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    1. Choi Yen: santa's official hometown is in finland, so you're right! :) and yes, the food in finland was really enjoyable - the use of the produce, the techniques of cooking ;)

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  3. First time hearing 4 star

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    1. Bridget Hong: unfortunately you misread the sentence. Helsinki has four restaurants that have been awarded Michelin stars. this is one of those four restaurants.

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  4. unique food! wish malaysia has more of the riskier selections like these

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    1. Blurling: hopefully more malaysian restaurants will seek out interesting local produce that they can experiment creatively on :)

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  5. Ohh, this is making me all homesick: the food, the crisp air... Beautiful pictures and I have heard good things about this place - great choice!

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    1. Happy Go KL: thanks! i had a really good time in helsinki - all in all, i enjoyed it more than oslo, in terms of being able to wander around, meeting people and trying out the restaurants ;)

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