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The South Indian restaurant opened in Helsinki

In 2013 I was dreaming about how nice it would be to have South Indian food in Finland and Helsinki. In 2020, this dream came true when The South Indian restaurant opened in Kluuvi, Helsinki, in August.

I visited The South Indian Restaurant and made the attached video about the clean and stylish decor of the restaurant and its good tasting South Indian food like dosa.

You can watch the video here –

South Indian restaurant experience in Finland

When the papadum breads ordered as an appetizer arrived on the table, I knew right away that it was gonna be a genuine Indian restaurant experience. This was because the loaves were not any hard crumpled curls, but soft and tasty thin loaves which I don’t remember having eaten for years. Of course those papadums, served with their own chutney, dipping sauce, were priced accordingly.

The menu was well labeled with vegetarian and gluten-free foods separately, and gluten-free alternatives were commendably found. However, the selection was not very large due to the fact that the restaurant had only been open for a couple of days, but a replenishment was reportedly expected soon. I will wait with interest to see if we will get paneer dosa, potato wada, uttapam and South Indian thali later.

I ordered only plain dosa for myself, as the other options were just chicken or sheep dosa. The dosa was correctly thin and crunchy, and inside it there was a suitably seasoned mixture of mashed potatoes. Dosa was served with two different chutneys and the portion was crowned with a sambar, a South Indian vegetable sauce served separately from a larger cup. It tasted just like it had in Chennai many many years ago. The huge dose of dosa with the sweet mango lassi was so filling that the gulab gammu ordered for dessert had hardly any space to be enjoyed.

The service of the restaurant was very good and friendly.

Plain Dosa / Masala Dosa

Where is The South Indian restaurant located in Helsinki?

This restaurant has a really great location in the Kluuvi shopping center, as the University of Helsinki and its metro stop are right next door.

Kluuvi shopping center is easy to find on foot, as it is located a javelin throw from the Senate Square, opposite the former Kaisaniemi metro station, which is nowadays known with the name University of Helsinki.

The South Indian restaurant in the shopping centre was a little harder to locate, but it was found in the new restaurant concentration on the 2nd floor of the Kluuvi shopping center. The entrance to it passed through a restaurant called Pizzarium. A random street walker does recognize the restaurant easily, as it is the one where the food is eaten with fingers by adults in the window tables.

Yes, South Indian food is made to be eaten with your fingers, but of course a fork and knife can be used. Cutlery might even be a good idea at this time of corona and handsanitizers.

Chicken Masala

Greetings from Denmark

In 2016 I wrote about the South Indian Chettinad restaurant in Denmark for my Finnish readers, and a couple of years later, in 2018, I wrote about its successor in Copenhagen. You can read my good reviews of those restaurants in the links attached, and yes, the Helsinki-based restaurant belongs to the same chain, being of an equally high standard. So I can definitely recommend it.

You can read this post also in Finnish.

Read also: Indian snack foods in Finnish and Trip to India

food Tallinn video

Nice cafés in Tallinn

Tallinn, Estonia, that easily accessible travel destination from Finland, has had a low profile on this site for some time, but fortunately the corona restrictions brought about an improvement. That is because after many years I visited Tallinn this summer, as Tallinn was one of the very few foreign travel destinations to travel to from Finland in the summer of 2020. How the trip was made I told in the previous video post in July.

Today it’s time for a video post dealing with the nice cafés in Tallinn in 2020. The best and most delicious piece of cake has been saved for the last scene in the video, so it will be a good idea to watch the video till the end to find out, from where that fudge cake was found and how did it look like. The cake was really so good that I could seriously consider making a new trip from Helsinki to Tallinn just to have a cup of tea and a cake to eat in that café.

Watch the music video below and indulge in the fresh atmosphere of Tallinn –

Tallinn cafes

The first café in the video is familiar to many cruise passengers, as it is located right in the port of Tallinn, and you have time to have your morning coffee there, even if the stay on the land is only a couple of hours long.

That café has a nice terrace decorated with flowers and the inside of the café / restaurant is neatly decorated with mainly white. A refreshing detail are the changing exhibitions of amateur / professional artists on the cafe’s walls. Also worth mentioning is the great detail that an organic product, organic lemonade, was found in the café’s selection.

Daisies in the SMAK café in Tallinn

The second café in the video is the Tallinn’s oldest café, founded in 1864. The café’s window was decorated with various coffee and tea cups as well as flowers and mascots, and a large steam locomotive with flowers perched on its tracks in the café window. The café’s interior was quite modest, but the ceiling shone handsomely with golden ornaments.

The oldest café in Tallinn also pampered customers who favored lactose-free and gluten-free food, as they were able to serve a cake without those sensitizers. An excellent decaffeinated fruit or berry tea was also served in the café.

Third of the video’s cafés can be found on the ground floor of the quite recent Forografiska Museum. The café was spacious and neatly decorated, and it had a good choice of salty as well as sweet treats and drinks. A gluten-free cake option was also found. The orange smoothie there was captivating in its freshness and the sweet potato fries with mayonnaise were delicious.

A note for the sensitive viewers: that winning piece of cake at the end of the video was not gluten-free, as the café in question was the only café in the video that did not have gluten-free products in its selections. And that, of course, cannot be called a merit.

You might also be interested in the posts Best Café of the Past Decade in South Goa as well as the Best Hidden Cafés in Riga, Latvia.

You can read this post also in Finnish.

Read and see more authentic travel experiences from Europe in INDIVUE – Trip to Europe