I had scored a good offer on a suite at Hotel Haven and so in early December we got to spend a luxurious night at the Helsinki Suite. The suite offered a king-size bed, 50 square meters of space, a cozy sofa and chairs, and a dining table. The bathroom had a full-size bathtub and a separate rainshower. We checked in on Saturday afternoon, had some champagne in the room and relaxed for a while before getting ready for dinner.
I had spotted a new restaurant to try out called Eevert that had opened in late October. Eevert is a design restaurant housed in a building designed by Alvar Aalto. The building was completed in 1952 and originally housed Mr. Aalto’s offices. The food philosophy at Eevert is Scandinavian and gets its inspiration from the Finnish seasons and the wonderful tastes and colors Finnish nature has to offer. The menus include a lot of Finnish ingredients like wild berries and mushroom, game, fish and reindeer. Small producers and ecological food are also featured. The restaurant is decorated with furniture, lighting, dishes and decorations form such Finnish designers as Alvar Aalto, Harri Koskinen, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Lars Sonck, Seppo Koho, Oiva Toikka, etc.
Eevert offers three set menus and an à la carte list. We chose Menu 6 that consisted of six courses and also enjoyed the wines paired with the menu. The courses were Homemade buttermilk cheese, beetroot and licorice, Venison, currant and parsnip, Cep, cauliflower and carrot, Arctic char, fennel and crayfish, Cheese, and Licorice, cranberry and oat. My absolute favorites were the venison and the Arctic char. The beetroot and licorice was an interesting combo but as I am not a huge fan of neither licorice nor beetroot it was not really to my taste. The cep was nice enough but quite a big portion that seemed to lack something. Cheese is always good so no complaints there. The dessert was also nice but again with the licorice it had no chance of making my top list. The service was good, and the restaurant space was very nice with interesting features. We will definitely go again when the menu is updated.
On Sunday we opted to have breakfast in our room to avoid the crowds in the restaurant as we were advised that the hotel was fully booked. The breakfast was really good and it was nice to enjoy it in the relaxing atmosphere of our own suite. All in all, a great relaxing weekend with great food.
P.S: Sorry for the half-eaten portions, it seems to become my trademark as I am always so excited to try the food put in front of me I tend to forget to take a picture and only remember halfway through. Well at least you know I actually ate what I am writing about and didn’t just take a picture. 😄