Food, Lifestyle, My Work

Visit Helsinki: Mashiro

January 26, 2016

When a sweet couple, Simon and Annika had a dream about a restaurant where all of their friends would like to hang out, something small but vibrant with the good atmosphere, delicious food and their favorite music, little did they knew that the dream was about to come true very soon!?

The dream was calledΒ MashiroΒ and it came to life on the main street of an area called Vallila. Think Brooklyn of New York! All of the hip, cool new places seem to open up in about that area of the city.



Since I’m very much sure that I have been a Japanese woman in my previous life, my daughter is a mini Japanese woman in training and my husband being the pickiest eater and lover of Japanese cuisine, it is only natural that we are always “all eyes and ears” when we get to know about new Japanese restaurants in the city. Usually, they’re quite disappointing sushi buffets that a Japanese person would never come near by, but sometimes, those are also quite surprising new places that DO deliver on every level, most importantly the taste, freshness and authenticity.


Upon arrival to MashiroΒ we were greeted by the three musketeers behind the counter, mr. Simon being the main chef there. Since the lunch time was just over, we have enjoyed peaceful vibe with a nice wintery view through the window while waiting for our food. I love the fact that the kitchen is completely open and you get to see the guys in action while they’re prepping your dish. All of the ingredients are fresh, stored and used properly.


We had a chance to try three different dishes: Salmon aburidon ( flamed salmon on the bed of rice), Mashiro salad (flamed salmon, prawns, egg, avocado, and wakame served with mixed salad and wafu dressing ) and Japanese Udon noodles with chicken ( in a spicy broth with mushrooms, cabbage, nori and egg ).



Every single bite of every dish was a “melt in my mouth” kind of experience. Salmon and chicken were so tender and of the highest quality, prepared with love. We could totally taste it! Healthy, rich in flavor and comforting food on a cold winter day was just what we needed and have found in Mashiro! If you want to taste the magic of their donburis, please do stop by, you won’t regret it and your wallet won’t complain either. πŸ˜€



*This post was made in collaboration with Mashiro. All of the opinions are my own.

*Thank you Annika for making this collaboration happen!

*Photography by:Β Natali K. photography

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  • Reply Alexandra P January 26, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Love your blog! Amazing job honey!!

    • Reply natali karppinen January 27, 2016 at 10:40 PM

      Thanks so much and thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • Reply MartaBarcelonaStyle January 27, 2016 at 12:32 AM

    That Japanese Udon noodles with chicken looks delicious πŸ™‚

    • Reply natali karppinen January 27, 2016 at 10:41 PM

      It’s very hard to find an authentic Japanese restaurant with great quality ingredients, esp. Udon noodles in Helsinki and
      Mashiro got both. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Federica Spinelli January 27, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    Amazing restaurant and delicious food! kiss
    Federica – Cosa Mi Metto???

  • Reply nancy January 27, 2016 at 4:23 AM

    Looks delicious again!

  • Reply Alissa January 27, 2016 at 5:22 AM

    Oh my my gosh. That looks amazing!
    The Adored Life

  • Reply Floortje January 27, 2016 at 7:30 AM

    Oh this looks really good! Thanks for sharing!



    • Reply natali karppinen January 27, 2016 at 10:42 PM

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. πŸ™‚

  • Reply celyn January 27, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    oh wow the food looks good!


  • Reply Sinclair mateus January 27, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    This photos are making me hungry. . Beautiful

    • Reply natali karppinen January 27, 2016 at 10:43 PM

      Heh! Then it means that they do the justice to how delicious the food really was. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amy Ann January 27, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Your food posts always make me drool!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Reply natali karppinen January 27, 2016 at 10:43 PM

      Thank you Amy, that’s a great compliment! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Shannon January 27, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Holy yummy!! This looks amazing! I have a weakness for noodle bowls!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Reply Riv January 27, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Omg! everything looks so delicious!!

  • Reply DMD January 27, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    This place looks amazing! Healthy, good, modern and hype!
    We are definitely putting this address in our notebook! We absolutely want to go there one day!
    Thank you for sharing this restaurant with us!

    • Reply natali karppinen January 27, 2016 at 10:45 PM

      I’m so glad to read this comment! Thank you for reading and for taking my recommendation into your notebook. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Merritt Beck January 27, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Your descriptions and photography of the food is amazing! Everything sounds so delicious!

    The Style Scribe

    • Reply natali karppinen January 27, 2016 at 10:45 PM

      Thank you so much Merritt, I’m happy to read that you’ve liked the post!

  • Reply Vale January 27, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Yum yum my dear Natali, I am so in love with your foodie posts ! I adore your looks but also your food posts are so interesting and make me discover new places and dream to visit them πŸ™‚ I wanted to thank you because in these years of blogging, you have been always by my side with affection and support, I have been feeling your warmth even if we live far apart, and this means a lot to me. Thank you for everything my beautiful princess ! Lots of love xoxo

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    • Reply natali karppinen January 27, 2016 at 10:48 PM

      Awww!!! Thank you so much!! These words literally made me tear up!! The feeling of closeness is mutual my friend!
      Thank you also for all of the sweet words and support that you’ve been giving me this whole time. You’re such a precious
      human and I can’t wait to meet you someday! Many kisses and hugs!

  • Reply Francesca Giagnorio January 27, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Craving these dishes *_*

  • Reply Toks January 27, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    I love Japanese food and all of these dishes look soooo delicious. It’s strange though that the cooks aren’t Japanese. xoxoxo

    • Reply natali karppinen January 27, 2016 at 10:46 PM

      Nope, they’re not, but they do an amazing job, believe me! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jen January 27, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Gorgeous photos, the food all looks incredible!

    Style by Avery

    • Reply natali karppinen January 27, 2016 at 10:46 PM

      It’s as delicious as it looks like! Thank you for commenting. πŸ™‚

  • Reply sahara January 27, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    look delicious and tempting <3


  • Reply Adaleta January 27, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    What lovely photos! This looks quite interesting and I love that you’re Croatia raised. I was born in Bosnia πŸ™‚ xx

    • Reply natali karppinen January 27, 2016 at 10:47 PM

      Really? That’s so cool!! I have been to Bosnia only two times and would love to visit Sarajevo and Mostar sometime in the future! πŸ™‚

  • Reply TOUCHOFGUCCI January 28, 2016 at 2:06 AM

    Your pictures are perfect! x


  • Reply Elizabeth January 28, 2016 at 2:52 AM

    The food looks sooo delicious !! great post !! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Konstantina Antoniadou January 28, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Such a great post!

  • Reply jenessa January 28, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    oh my goodness this looks amazing!! Especially on this cold day! Hope you have a great day, sending loves!


    • Reply natali karppinen January 28, 2016 at 10:32 AM

      Thank you so much for commenting!! Have a wonderful day! Kisses!

  • Reply Bohoclosetblog January 28, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Me ha gustado mucho el postt, me encanta la camida japonesa!! ttp://

  • Reply vanessa troset January 28, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Wow so yummi! love this place

  • Reply Filipa Jackson January 28, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Wow my mouth is watering… looks so good!

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  • Reply Molly January 28, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    My mouth is watering from these pictures! This food looks amazing πŸ™‚


  • Reply Ivana January 28, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Ti si stvorena da budes food kriticar… πŸ™‚ Njam na entu :)))(

  • Reply itsshania January 28, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Ohhh this look so good, I could just take your plate right now, nice post hon.
    New post..

  • Reply Ana Soares January 28, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    hummmm so yumii :3

  • Reply Sarah January 31, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Oh wow I may or might not be drooling over these photos

    x Sarah

  • Reply Sophie February 1, 2016 at 4:21 AM

    Japanese cuisine is the best <3 Beautiful photos <3

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    Japanese cuisine is the best <3 Beautiful photos <3

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