Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Great Helsinki Restaurants 1

Soul Kitchen
Flemingkatu 26-28
Phone: (09) 773 2233
Entry on eat.fi webpage

Fast becoming one of my favorite Helsinki restaurants, the Soul Kitchen lies at the corner of Vaasankatu and Flemingkatu, closest subway station at Sornainen. Although the Surf and Turf was a pretty spartan meal for 21.50 euro, other menu items are generous portions. Two favorites are the Late Birds Breakfast (porridge, fried egg, bacon, breakfast meats, cheeses, bread, fruit) for 10 euro, and the BBQ ribs (some of the meatiest ribs I have ever eaten, this coming from a ten-year Oklahoma resident). Although the corn-in-the-cob was tough and the cole slaw was not tangy, the ribs were worth the 13 euro alone. Another favorite of mine is the creamy peppersteak.

Almost as important as the food is the wonderful choice of old soul albums that play during the meal and the classic artwork on the walls. Also, the menus are printed like old LP records in sleeves. Very clever.

Beware of the excessive charge for checking in your coat, which, in a small place like this, I would not have expected.


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