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Good Indian restaurant in the Tripla shopping mall in Helsinki

An excellent Indian restaurant Deli Rasoi has been opened in the new Tripla shopping center.

The restaurant is located on the fourth floor of the mall, a little off the beaten track, but easy to find with the mall’s signpost.

Deli Rasoi restaurant interior

The smaller entrance leads to a large dining room with even larger view from the windows up to the the Hartwall Arena and the starry sky.

I went to Deli Rasoi restaurant one Sunday evening, when there were not many customers even in the Tripla Shopping Center itself. The atmosphere in the restaurant was comfortably peaceful.

Deli Rasoi Kadhai Paneer

The restaurant’s menu included starters such as pakoras and samosas, tandoor ovens delicacies such as Chicken and Paneer Tikka, and fish dishes included eg. Fish Madras and Fish Tikka and vegetarian dishes were among others Aloo Gobhi, Dal Makhani, Palak Paneer and Malai Kofta.

Most foods were also labeled with G and L, ie lactose-free and gluten-free, and all the dishes included rice and naan bread, and the price was according to that.

In addition they had vegetable thali and meat thali with three servings and they came with naan bread, rice, raita, salad and dessert.

Deli Rasoi Kadhai Paneer

I chose Deli Rasoi Kadhai Paneer for myself, which included fresh cottage cheese pieces in a tomato sauce seasoned with bell peppers, onion, cumin seeds and coriander.

The portion was brought to the table within a reasonable time, and it had large chilli pieces which immediately brought water to the tongue. The chilis in Kadhai Paneer were no decorations – the dose was nice and spicy – just the kind of I’ve eaten for example in Delhi, India. However, not so hot that one has to leave the dose on the plate, as in Jaipur.

Naan bread was also delicious and so was rice. The mango lassi was having a bit too much of a yogurt taste, but on the whole Deli Rasoi Kadhai Paneer was a very fine meal.

My companion had Shahi Paneer, which surprised me with its light color and mild taste, but that’s how it has always been in Finland, that Shahi Paneer is the safe option.

Deli Rasoi and Shahi Paneer

The restaurant Deli Rasoi decoration was modestly stylish and it reminded one about India only with the menu and the welcoming message written on the wall in Hindi. If there is something to be improved, it is the amount of light which could perhaps be slightly increased, unless the intension was to be with mere ambient light at the night time.

Restaurant Deli Rasoi in the Tripla Mall

If you ask me, would I go to eat in the Deli Rasoi in Tripla Shopping Mall again, the answer is yes, and preferably on a warm summer evening, when the restaurant will hopefully have outdoor tables for admiring the starry sky and the Pasila train tracks.

Read more restaurant reviews here and otherwise my e-book Journey to India will tell you more about India itself.

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5 reasons to see and experience Oodi in Helsinki, Finland

Do you fancy drinking tea in a terrace in Helsinki during summertime? Maybe with a random book or magazine? Oodi is making that possible, since the new three-story library building is opening this week in the centre of Helsinki, and it will be having a very big and fancy cafeteria with a terrace on its third floor.

Book heaven on the third floor of Oodi
Book heaven on the third floor of Oodi
Ball chairs in Bookheaven on the third floor of Oodi library
Ball chairs in Bookheaven on the third floor of Oodi library
Book heaven, view from the Fazer café
Book heaven, view from the Fazer café

Oodi library is the 100th year birthday gift from Finland and its capital Helsinki to its citizens. It took 3 years to build it. This week Oodi will open its doors for the audience and from then on it will be one of the most important sights of Helsinki and the whole of Finland. The view from the 3rd floor of Oodi will most certainly charm you, whether you’re inside or outside the library. In addition there is a lot one can do in this three-story library building.

Not knowing anything more about those 100000 books and magazines Oodi will be having, here’s still 5 more reasons to see and experience Oodi. It will be open seven days a week starting 5.12.2018 –

5 reasons to visit Oodi in Helsinki

1. Oodi will give anyone a free chance to experience clean and beautiful design. The impact will surely be healthy and uplifting for the mind.

2. From the balcony on the third floor one can admire sunsets during summertime. There will be no skyscrapers blocking the sun all though it is in the centre of Helsinki.

3. Oodi is not only a library but a cultural centre. In addition to traditional libraryservices you will also find a cafeteria, restaurant, movie theatre, a playpark for kids, etc. Movie theatre Kino Regina will open in January 2019.

4. On the second floor of Oodi there will be workspaces of various kind in handicrafts as well as digital works. There will also be soundproof rooms for study or work, and for playing music. This second floor will be fully open in 2019.

5. Oodi promotes lifelong learning, active citizenship, democracy and freedom of expression.

In addition to this, the third-floor ball chairs offer a great opportunity to read blogs in your own privacy with your own smartphone!

Find more information on Oodi’s website

The video below reveals more beautiful details about Oodi’s architecture and decorative details –

Photographs by Noora Saarinen

Find this article in Finnish at indivue.fi

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