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Visit Helsinki: Heavenly YUME

March 2, 2016

Hello my dear readers! I have a new post ready for you from my series of “Visit Helsinki” posts in which I present you the best places in my city where to go dining, shopping, exploring, hotels to stay at, etc. I’m so glad that the response to these kind of posts has been so welcoming and accepting that I’m more than excited to continue bringing you and discovering you the real gems that Helsinki has to offer, no matter if you’re a local or a tourist, this city has a lot to offer and I’m here to prove that with my “Visit Helsinki” posts. πŸ™‚

I believe that by now, pretty much all of you know that I’m completely in love with an Asian countries, culture, food, esp. with Japan but China, Korea and Thailand are incredibly exotic and interesting to me as well. I love learning about these countries and am always daydreaming of visiting them someday. While I’m waiting for my daydreams to come true, I can do “so little” to make myself feel more closer to those countries by visiting a few places that have that Asian vibe and taste which I’m looking for.


I’ve been already writing about Yume restaurant last year, so if you haven’t seen that post, please do check it here. Ever since then, Yume became my favourite restaurant in almost whole Europe! So far I had to travel to Croatia or London in order to enjoy some of my favourite restaurants and have a complete foodie experience but since discovering YUMEΒ and esp. NOW since they have changed up their whole menu in January, my little Asian heart has been singing “taivaallinen” the whole time, which translates “heavenly” from Finnish to English !


Since we have opted for a cocktail and cold sake back in the first review of Yume, it was only natural to test a new cocktail and a sake this time around. We went for Artisan 55 Junmai Ginjo which was not such a basic sake, it’s rice is more polished and has more refined taste than the regular one. As for the cocktail, we took one of the costumer’s favourites which is also a non alcoholic one and it was cucumber shiso martini with Hendrick’s gin, cucumber, shiso and lemon juice. Both drinks worked wonderfully with every dish.


Upon receiving the new menu in our hands, it was so hard to choose the dishes which we wanted to try out. Everything sounded absolutely divine and was “ticking” off all of the boxes so to say. After some “negotiating” between ourselves, we went for:

Whitefish sashimi which was one of the best sashimi plates that I ever had tasted anywhere. It’s marinated in Korean spiced sauce, which to me had a perfect spicy Kimchi taste and sesame seeds were perfect taste enhancer.


Sashimi was followed by salmon and eel nigiris as well as by the majestic Alaska roll ( whitefish, avocado, shiso mayo and fish roe on top ). The roll was perfectly crunchy, creamy and refreshing! Besides Lotus roll at Katana in LA, Alaska roll is the best sushi roll I have ever tasted! I must confess that I was so impressed by it, that I had 3 extra orders of just this sushi roll! YES! πŸ˜€

Another personal favourite was eel nigiri with kabayaki sauce which I like even more than the usual teriyaki sauce. These little nigiris are taste bombs! I swear that I had “seen” fireworks while munching on these.


Next up were YUME’SΒ legendary Thai pork ribs which are a constant on their menu. They’re equally popular with adults as with kids too! My daughter is obsessed with them, they’re perfectly sweet, salty, sticky and peanuts add a nice crunch to the whole dish is the way that she has described them to me. πŸ™‚


We have ordered one Menu Yume which started off by bringing us a hot stone with the marble beef. Beef was very tender, melted in the mouth and worked perfectly with the spicy ponzu sauce that we have dipped it in. This dish was not just perfect in it’s simplicity and taste, but also, we have concluded that it’s a great “social food” meaning that it’s a nice dish to share with your partner or a business colleague. To put it in a plain language, it’s fun to use the hot stone since you “cook” your meal.



Hot stone was followed by chicken yakitori and crispy eggplant fritters with the curry dip! I liked the fact that the chicken yakitori was served and tasted different than the classic chicken yakitori which I’m used to see in pretty much any Chinese/ Japanese restaurant. Eggplant fritters were something very different and interesting and when topped with the curry dip, you get a very full balanced taste!



Main course was veal cheek braised in black vinegar sauce, served with the Jasmin rice and an extra side order of pak choi. The meat was so tender that it was melting like butter in the mouth and the sauce was perfect to go along with the meat because it wasn’t overpowering it in any way, in fact it completed the already perfect taste of prime meat.



Dessert was the grande finale, a perfect crown on the top of the cake! It was a guava sorbet with coconut custard and mixed exotic fruits. Very fresh and “Summery” dessert. πŸ™‚


If you want to have whole Asia in your palm, go to Yume and get lost in the explosion of tastes, incredible service and charmingly romantic interior. They have definitely stepped up their game to a whole new level and if you would have to pick only one restaurant which you can/ have time to visit when in Helsinki, Yume would always be my number one recommendation.


*This post has been made in collaboration with Yume restaurant. All of the opinions are my own!

*Thank you to Miss Seidi for making this collaboration possible and to wonderful Vanessa for being our server that evening.

*Photography by:Β Natali

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  • Reply nancy March 2, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    I love your new header! Food looks gorgious, you can wake me up in the middle of the night for Asian food.

    • Reply natali karppinen March 2, 2016 at 11:12 PM

      Hahah! Thank you so much Nancy and sorry about the middle of the night food cravings that this post might have caused you! πŸ˜€

  • Reply MartaBarcelonaStyle March 3, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    The makis and the sashimis looks delicious πŸ™‚

    • Reply natali karppinen March 3, 2016 at 1:40 AM

      Oh! They were absolutely heavenly!!! I’m completely addicted!

  • Reply Beatrice March 3, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    It looks good ! I wish I had discovered your blog earlier as I am just back from a weekend in Helsinki. I was looking for restaurants to book and ended up going to Nokka (which was lovely). I shall follow your “visit Helsinki” series eagerly πŸ™‚

    • Reply natali karppinen March 3, 2016 at 1:41 AM

      Thank you Beatrice!! I hope that you will be back to Helsinki soon and try some of the restaurants which I have recombined on my blog.
      I’m glad that you went to Nokka, they serve really good food too!

  • Reply sand March 3, 2016 at 12:39 AM

    It is a beautiful place, wish I could go to Helsinki πŸ™‚
    Bonjour from FRANCE,

    • Reply natali karppinen March 3, 2016 at 1:41 AM

      Thank you Sand! I hope that you will visit Helsinki sometime soon! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Chelsea March 3, 2016 at 5:04 AM

    Excited for this series!! This place looks absolutely incredible and yummy! Amazing photos too.

    xx Chelsea

  • Reply Shannon March 3, 2016 at 6:12 AM

    Yummmmm now I’m craving sushi!! This looks amazing!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Reply Nada March 3, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    ooh yummy πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kashmir & Silk March 3, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    It all looks so delicious ! Great post ! πŸ™‚ xx

  • Reply Ashley March 3, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Wow this meal looks incredible! Adding it to my “must visit” list ASAP!


    Ashley || Sed Bona

    • Reply natali karppinen March 4, 2016 at 1:35 AM

      Thank you Ashley! I hope that you will visit Yume sometime soon, it’s SO worth it! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Alice March 3, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    I totally love this!

    Alice Cerea,

  • Reply Toks March 3, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    The day I visit Helsinki I’m gonna have to be there for a month in order to visit all of these amazing restaurants. xoxoxo

    • Reply natali karppinen March 4, 2016 at 1:34 AM

      Hahahaha! Yes please, I can join you on that restaurant tour, just say a word. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Camille March 3, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Love this! Great photos.

  • Reply Kara | Daily Opulence March 3, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Looks so yummy!

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  • Reply Trang Do March 3, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    My mouth is watering!! Food looks sooo delicious!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Reply natali karppinen March 4, 2016 at 1:33 AM

      Thank you!! I’m glad that I could deliver the photos and text which make my readers crave this food. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Stephanie March 4, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    Everything looks so delicious and the restaurant is beautiful!

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  • Reply Violette March 4, 2016 at 1:01 AM

    The food looks amazing! It makes me so hungry! Happy Friday x

    • Reply natali karppinen March 4, 2016 at 1:32 AM

      Thank you for commenting Violette! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Kelly March 4, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    This looks and sounds delicious and your food photography is wonderful!

    xx Kelly
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  • Reply Amy Ann March 4, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    This all looks like such interesting and yummy food! I love Asian food too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Reply natali karppinen March 7, 2016 at 8:17 AM

      Thank you Amy! It is my favourite place in Helsinki and one of the top favourites in the whole world! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Federica Spinelli March 4, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    this food is really delicious and great! kiss
    Federica – Cosa Mi Metto???

    • Reply natali karppinen March 7, 2016 at 8:17 AM

      Food was as delicious as it looked on these photos! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mischelle March 4, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Beautiful photos and all looks so delicious!


  • Reply Joules March 4, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Helsinki is definitely on my list of must-go travel destinations. I’m bookmarking this to remember this beautiful restaurant for when I finally plan my trip!

    By the way, I’m hosting a weekly favorites blogger link up on my blog today. I’d love for you to come share your favorite post of the week!

    Lifestyle by Joules

    • Reply natali karppinen March 7, 2016 at 8:16 AM

      I’m more than happy to read that you’re interested in visiting Helsinki and yes, def. make sure to visit Yume, you won’t regret it! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Elizabeth Daisy March 4, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Ooo this food looks delicious lovely, than you for sharing – I’d love to visit Helsinki!

    Elizabeth xo

    • Reply natali karppinen March 7, 2016 at 8:15 AM

      Thank you Elizabeth! I hope that you will visit Helsinki someday soon and try out Yume! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kemi March 5, 2016 at 1:41 AM

    This looks so delicious, it’s actually making me feel hungry just looking at it haha!

    • Reply natali karppinen March 7, 2016 at 8:15 AM

      Thank you Kemi for stopping by and commenting! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jessi Malay March 5, 2016 at 2:55 AM

    My favorite cuisine!

    XO, Jessi

  • Reply Dakota D. March 5, 2016 at 2:55 AM

    Looks delicious!

    Love and Peace,
    Dakota D.

  • Reply Jenney March 5, 2016 at 4:53 AM

    Absolutely amazing food.

  • Reply Nora Gouma March 5, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Breathtaking pictures, great post as well, I love it, the food look very delicious, thanks for sharing!!!


    • Reply natali karppinen March 7, 2016 at 8:14 AM

      Thank you Nora very much! I’m so glad that I have managed to deliver! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ana Soares March 5, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    humm looks so nice :3

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  • Reply ivana split March 5, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    ovo je raj za oči, a vjerujem i za nepce!

  • Reply nADA March 6, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    I love your posts for your amazing photos of food !! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nico March 6, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Everything looks so yummy!

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  • Reply Pisa March 6, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Great post dear! This pictures are amazing!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Hugs, Pisa ❀

  • Reply Vale March 7, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    What an amazing place, Natali ! I love these posts, actually I love all your posts, hehe =) I love it that you are a foodie and also a fashion lover, your passion shows up =) Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies – fashion & beauty blog

    • Reply natali karppinen March 7, 2016 at 8:12 AM

      Thank you so much sweetie! πŸ˜€ I am, I’m very passionate foodie, fashionista and a photographer! Whenever I can bring these three elements together, like here on my blog, that makes me extremely happy and fulfilled! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Adaleta March 7, 2016 at 3:13 AM

    I am literally sitting here drooling, this all looks amazing! The drinks, the sushi, ALL of it. Such great photos! xx

    • Reply natali karppinen March 7, 2016 at 8:11 AM

      Hahah! Great to read this Adaleta!! Thank you so much for commenting!

  • Reply olia March 7, 2016 at 3:56 AM

    looks amazing!! Hope you’ll stop by my blog for the latest post!

    Love, Olia

  • Reply Jamie March 8, 2016 at 1:08 AM

    yum, loooks soo delicious! xxo

  • Reply Important Part March 16, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Wow that’s looks so good. I’m a huge fan of sushi.

    Greets from Germany


  • Reply Sophie March 16, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Those food are absolutely stunning, esp the hot stone beef <3

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