Food, Lifestyle

Visit Helsinki: Bystro

May 11, 2016


It’s time to introduce you to one of the newest jewels on the Helsinki’s culinary scene and that is Bystro! Bystro are celebrating Russian traditional kitchen with an accent on blinis which are thick, round pancakes usually topped with different kinds of sweet or salty toppings.

Bystro are proud to welcome you to taste Russian cuisine in the middle of Helsinki city center with an incredible sea view on the port of Helsinki and Old Market Hall. Bystro are offering a lot on their menu, there’s a wide selection of finest roes and caviars, as well as a great choice of vodkas, Russian beers, tea and house shots.



Besides the regular menu, the restaurant is serving a popular lunch on every working day from 11:30 to 15 and that’s a great time and “reason” to try the all you can eat blinis with different types of roe, homemade smetana, pickles, etc. as toppings.

Usually, Russian restaurants in Helsinki are quite on the pricy side, while Bystro are maybe having “shorter” menu and are more concentrated on blinis, the prices are very affordable for the quality and authenticity of the food that’s being served.



As starters, we have tried blinis with mushroom salad, pickles and salmon trout roe with homemade smetana. Hands down, these were the best blinis I ever ate in any restaurant. So far, only my moms and Russian grandma’s ones were the ultimate winners, but Bystro’s blinis came the closest to that perfection and definitely brought me back into my childhood while we were eating those delicious bites.

As warm, main courses, we had to go with the classics such as Borscht soup and Pelmenis. Borscht soup was served in a big bowl and could easily be shared between two people. It was a warm, rich with flavour and comforting soup. I ate it with the slice of rye bread and house made Adzika spread. I gave it 5 stars! 🙂



My companion ate Pelmenis stuffed with minced meat and topped with caramelised onions and smetana. Smetana is Bystro’s own and it’s just incredible, I couldn’t believe the taste, it was like no other smetana that we have tried before. Pelmenis were done perfectly, it’s such dish that requires a great chef not to mess it up, because it’s one of the staples of Russian kitchen and not everybody can turn this simple dish into a fine dining one. Top notch! Well done Bystro!


Finally, we have finished off our lunch with Syrnikis ( small pancakes filled with fresh cheese ) served with raspberry jam and whipped cream and quark mousse with sherbet and pomegranate. Wonderful desserts that brought me back to Summers spent at my grandparents’ Datcha and the taste of fresh berries that I used to pick with them as a child and make homemade jams from, later on.



As Russian born, I am more than happy to welcome a newcomer that serves authentic, unpretentious but wonderful, homemade cooking style Russian cuisine. Thank you Bystro for welcoming us, we will be back! 🙂

*This post was made in collaboration with Bystro Helsinki, all of the opinions are my own.

*Thank you to Miss Annika for making this collaboration possible!

*Photography by: Natali K. photography

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  • Reply Trang Do May 11, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply Jo May 11, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    I did say that I could not look at any more food, but since then I have recovered. These dishes look delicious. What amazes me is how you keep so slim. My waistline expands just looking at these photos!

  • Reply Hanna Marie May 11, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    The food looks so good –Hanna Lei

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  • Reply Matea May 11, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Bome mislim da bi i ja strašno uživala u ovoj hrani, djeluje mi tako fino i primamljivo! 🙂

  • Reply Amy Arnold May 11, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Another amazing restaurant! You make me hungry. 🙂

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  • Reply Tamara May 11, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Looks delicious!


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  • Reply Adi May 11, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    This looks so amazing!!

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  • Reply Kadi LV May 11, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Great pictures, and it looks so delicious !


  • Reply Toks May 12, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    I have never tasted Russian food but it looks really good. xoxoxo

  • Reply Angelina May 12, 2016 at 3:47 AM

    Mmm those pelmenis look so yummy! I love reading restaurant posts – it’s interesting to see what people eat in other parts of the world.

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  • Reply Chloe May 12, 2016 at 4:12 AM

    Omg that looks so beyond good!!

  • Reply Atsuna Matsui May 12, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    The food here looks absolutelyy delicious!! Yummy yum.


  • Reply AMLIY May 12, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Your dress is so cute and fun! I love it

  • Reply Nada May 12, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Looks so so yummy !

  • Reply portiastylebook May 12, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    now i’m hungry!

  • Reply ivana split May 12, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    joj, kako sam ogladnila…hrana koju si prezentirala izgleda božanstveno…baš imam neki osjećaj da ima neki domaći štih, a takva mi je zapravo i najdraža u restoranima. Volim ja probati i ona malo hrabrija jela, ali ona tradicionalna su ipak jedno posebno blago i najbolji lijek kada imamo težak dan….mislim da su etnički restorani popularni s razlogom, jednostavno svaka zemlja ima ta neka već prokušana tradicionalna jela koja su često mala umjetnička jela i stvarno ih treba isprobati što više možemo!

  • Reply chelsea finn May 12, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Everything looks so great!

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  • Reply Simona May 12, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Delicious!!!….lovely dish!!

  • Reply Amber Shannon May 12, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Bystro looks like it has some tasty menu items! Nice intro and review!

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  • Reply Cielo May 12, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Wow everything looks soooo good! I love the concept! =)

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  • Reply Jennifer May 12, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    This food looks absolutely amazing! I love borscht and those pancakes are making me so hungry right now! haha

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  • Reply Stephanie May 12, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    I would love to visit Helsinki! I’ll have to remember this place if I get the chance to visit. The food looks incredible!

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  • Reply Shannon May 13, 2016 at 4:30 AM

    Another amazing restaurant! Yum! Now I am hungry! The dessert looks amazinggggggg!

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  • Reply Linda May 13, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Delicious food.

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    love your pics!

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    Those Russian dolls are so cute <3

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