From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Pieni Roobertinkatu 2, 00130 Helsinki
- Phone: +358 (0)300 472 336
- Web: www.pastis.fi
- Seats: 67
- Opening Hours: Mon 4.30 PM-11.30 PM, Tue-Fri 11.30 AM-11.30 PM, Sat 11.30 AM-3 PM, 4.30 PM- 11.30 PM
A bite of France in Helsinki
Pastis is the kind of French bistro we all dream of having nearby. The moment you step into its cosy bar and dining room a few steps down, you are transported to Paris and voila, it’s “la vie en rose”. In fact, the menu almost feels like a parody of French cuisine with frogs’ legs, snails, bouillabaisse and quenelles. But that doesn’t mean that the food lacks sincerity. Chef and owner Timo Linnamäki’s love for all things authentically French is deep, honest and appreciated. The crispy-fried, breaded frogs’ legs are tender and filling – we have not seen the like in many years – but perhaps we would enjoy them even more if they weren’t surrounded by so much eggplant caviar. But oh, the veal tongue! Served with a silky parsley root purée with a slightly mineral taste, and a deep red wine sauce seasoned with lovage, it is by far the best tongue we’ve ever bitten into. The wine list has a strong bias towards France, naturellement, but the selection is personal and the breadth is rather impressive for a restaurant of this size. The charming staff are happy to assist with their tips on good pairings. Finish with chocolate parfait and coffee with armagnac!..
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