Are you looking for a nice and fine lunch in Helsinki, Finland? Michelin recommendation restaurant Juuri is a great to go place for you!
Juuri serves traditional Finnish flavors with a nice twist of modern ideas. They use fresh ingredients and they really respect the roots of every single of them. Some of their ingredients come from small producers and their wines also have beautiful stories behind them. How lovely!
In Juuri you can eat either three course lunch menu, some parts of the menu or sapas lunch. I collaborated with Juuri and went there to enjoy their three course dinner with my fiancé.
If you choose the three course dinner you have 1 starter option, 2 main course options and 2 dessert options. And of course, if you have special dietary needs or allergies they’ll cook something suitable for you – just let them know in prior.
They always have 1 menu for Mon-Tue and another for Wed-Fri. Juuri also serves dinners in case your interested. 🙂
Location & Decor
Juuri is located in beautiful old downtown Helsinki area. The area is made of old stone buildings with gorgeous architecture. Restaurant Juuri has gorgeous high ceilings and big windows which let the daylight come in beautifully.
The decor combines rustic and fine styles. Interior walls are painted in different colors and there is plenty of wood and canvas used in decor. That makes Juuri very cozy.
However, the finer twist and design can be seen in tableware. The classes are beautiful. Some of them are Finnish design from Marimekko. Plates are unique and interesting too. In general, the decor of Juuri is an excellent combination of old and modern style in a beautiful balance.
Food & Drinks We Ate
In the menu, we had the starter was beetroot & sour cream dish which included beetroot soup, beetroot chip, beetroot compote and some sour cream. There was also some chive pieces included.
This plate had an amazing color! It was a small plate, which I think was perfect because when having three courses in the middle of the day you might not want to eat too heavily. I loved the combination of salty soup, sweet compote, crispy chip, soft and sour sour cream and beautiful herbal chive.
Main Course Option 1: Rainbow Trout and Onion
This dish really complements the two ingredients included. There was some grilled rainbow trout with grilled onion, onion omelette, onion puree and onion sauce.
The dish was very simple but still stylish and fine. There were only the two main ingredients cooked in different ways but nothing else was needed. Juuri targets to reach the roots of Finnish food culture and offer the most authentic flavors. I think this is exactly what the food in Finland has been 100 years ago at it’s best.
Main Course Option 2: Lamb and Tomato
This main course option was a bit more complex what comes to the elements and the flavors of them. There was lamb made in two different ways, some tomato, yoghurt and celery puree.
I loved how nicely cooked both of the lambs were. This had a lot more flavor and this was a bit spicy but still balanced. I loved this one with the red wine they recommended.
We took one class of both of their recommended wines (1 red and 1 white). The white on was a great pair with the fish main course, the red one worked better with the meat main course.
The white wine came from Austria. Owner family of the winery where the wine comes from used to be farmers for 300 years but then they bought the winery and started doing great wines. This wine was golden colored, acidic and so fruity that it tastes quite sweet even thought it is actually dry.
The red wine was nice dark red syrah which has a taste of red berries and some chocolate in it. This was a great pair for the meat. This wine has a picture of a lamb on the bottle. That’s because a story tells that sheep escaped for a demon and hide in the area where the winery is located.
There were two different dessert options available. The first one was traditional Finnish Easter food, Malt and quark ”mämmi”. Neither of us likes mämmi too much so we both ended up taking the option 2 which was Finnish cheeses from small producers.
As you might know, I love cheese. A lot. This dish included three kinds of cheese which were served with some beetroot. At first, I thought the combo is slightly weird or at least interesting but it actually tastes amazingly good. The beetroot paired nicely with all the cheeses served in this dish. Well done Juuri!
Coffee & Tea
When the waitress brought our desserts she asked if we want some tea or coffee with / after it. I tried their green jasmine flavored tea and my fiancé took a regular coffee with some milk.
I fell totally in love with their tea! It tasted so soft and slightly sweet and jasmine flavored. I don’t love green tea too much but Juuri sure has some very good one that’s also done properly (green tea turns easily bitter if don’t prepare it correctly). When I asked my fiancé how the coffee was he told it tasted like coffee so I guess it was that kind of coffee that Finns like to drink. Nothing special but okay.
Service & General
Service was friendly and fast. Everything in the was authentic and a bit rustic with a nice twist of some Finnish design and finer pieces of decor. The food was made of high-quality ingredients and it sure did complement the Finnish food culture and Finland in general.
All the dishes looked beautiful and the flavors were nicely put together. The wines also paired excellently with our dishes. After all, I recommend you trying three course lunch in Juuri if you want to have a great lunch with no hurrying.
Have you ever been in Juuri? Would you like to go? Why, why not?