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Author: Mārtiņš Rītiņš0 COMMENTS


The Havis restaurant is famous among domestic and international gourmets for the best seafood cuisine and the freshest ingredients in Helsinki. Besides, Chez Dominique, its biggest rival, offers equal quality for much higher prices. The man responsible for the success is the restaurant's head chef Jyri Hänninen who became famous by snatching the title of the best seafood cuisine in the whole Baltic region from under the nose of many a famous contender. Havis is located in the very centre of Helsinki, opposite the South Harbour and the Old Market hall. There are two separate dining halls and a terrace (open in the summer). You would do well to choose a table in the vicinity of the kitchen: the exciting sight of five chefs busy in the open kitchen will provide excellent entertainment. Service is also left in the hands of the chefs, and that makes the customers feel very special indeed. The seafood sampling is a strictly no-nonsense business at Havis: no tablecloths, brand new tea towels instead of napkins. There is a vegetarian dish or two timidly hiding behind the numerous fish courses but meat lovers will just have to muster up their courage and make their preferences known.
The restaurant makes a point of relying on fish resources in the local waters: you will find dishes like lightly smoked pike perch with dark thyme sauce and vinegar marinated salmon with cucumber in the menu. A pike medallion is lounging elegantly on a potato but the oven-roasted arctic char with homemade pasta and miniature snails can't be denied the title of a perfect dish. Should you choose The Life of the Fish, you will be served a single plate with whitefish, salmon or herring prepared in a number of ways: cold smoked, sashimi-style, fresh salted and pan-fried, as well as its roe. Marinated strawberries with yoghurt sorbet or chocolate cake with vanilla ice-cream are definitely a more than pleasant ending to the meal. Each of the ordered dishes is complemented by excellent wine.
Service is truly perfect at Havis: it is genuinely friendly and personal - you will enjoy the conversation with the waiters. People come here to enjoy a hearty meal, so you are not likely to see many formally dressed people in suits etc. Like many other restaurants with good taste, Havis offers different menus for lunch and dinner. Advance booking is necessary for evenings only. A meal is EUR 128 per person on the average.

Open Monday to Friday 11:30 am - midnight
Saturday to Sunday 5 pm - midnight

16 Eteläranta, 00130 Helsinki
Phone: +358-9-6869 5660
Fax: +358-9-6869 5656

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