From the White Guide Nordic 2018:
- Address: Pieni Roobertinkatu 8, 00130 Helsinki
- Phone: +358 29 1800222
- Web: ravintolavinkkeli.fi
- Seats: 48
- Opening Hours: Mon 11.30 AM–2 PM, Tue–Fri 11.30 AM–2 PM, 5 PM–midnight, Sat 5 PM–midnight.
Classic dishes in the old antique shop
When Ritva Blomquist moved her antique shop across the street, the restaurateurs moved in. Her formerly cluttered basement is now a wine cellar, and the large shop windows facing the street bring in natural light and give diners a view outside. It is easy to feel comfortable in this space and you can tell the other diners agree. The menu is as it should be, short and concise, and just like the venue it’s very bistro-esque. If you begin with braised oxtail, you will get a dish that looks more like rillettes, topped with pickled onions and aioli, which complement each other well. The soup of the day might be a Crème Ninon. In the middle sits a few shrimp with spinach on top. It’s pretty, tasty, and by the book. Among the main courses the zander seems to be popular, because they run out before we can order it. Instead we opt for the veal rib-eye with béarnaise, red wine sauce and mushroom cream. The dish is a bit overloaded and has a few flavours too many with root vegetables, bacon, mushrooms and green beans, but the sommelier makes outstanding suggestions, favouring the Old World. A big plus since the vintages in our glasses substantially heighten the experience. If you have any room left, the dessert list leaves nothing to be desired, but a few petit fours will suffice. On the whole, this oh-so-continental establishment is a very safe bet...
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