From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Bulevardi 6, 00120 Helsinki
- Phone: +358 (0)10 322 9381
- Web: www.gaijin.fi
- Seats: 95
- Opening Hours: Lunch: Tue–Fri 11.30 AM-2 PM. Dinner: Mon–Sat 5 PM-00 AM, Sun 5-11 PM (kitchen closes at 10:30 PM)
A trip to northern Asia
Gaijin takes Asian food to a whole new level. Only in this context could China, Japan and Korea join forces to take us on a joy ride. Ingredients are carefully picked and pickled, the fish is of the finest quality, and all kinds of ingredients, from hamachi to daikon and wakame, are combined in mind-boggling ways. The starter is simply called “Sashimi Tasting”. It comes with hamachi, and salmon so soft and tender it nearly falls off your chopsticks. The wakame seaweed is a bit tough but subtly sweet in flavour. Daikon, a winter radish, comes thinly sliced adding some bite to the creaminess of the fish. Served with Vouvray from Marc Brédif, it works well enough but lacks punch. The Veal Hot Pot is a triumph. It’s comforting and a perfect balance of spicy and sweet, umami and meaty. As we listen to the rap music, and look around the room, the crowd makes us feel our age. This is a hipster spot and all you need to fit in is a tattoo...
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