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Visit Helsinki: Pastis

December 9, 2015

New post in the series of “Visit Helsinki” posts is here and I’m happy to present you with the finest and most traditional french restaurant in Helsinki, Pastis.

Upon entering PASTIS, even though it just opened it’s doors for the evening shift, I got great feeling from the vibe and interior that this restaurant welcomed me with. Sweet host, Camilla was very friendly and talkative, so without much fuss we got to pick our table as well as our food for the presenting and have found ourselves sitting in a cozy and romantic corner with the dimmed lights. Miss Camilla has explained to us that the lamps on the wall were all designed by the owners’ mother and they’re DIY Ikea bulbs inside a painted salad bowl. That added a special touch to an already wonderfully layed out dining space.


Our starters were veal tartar wit quail egg, pickles and truffle cream and snails in roquefort cheese and Pastis butter. When I was little, I used to eat snails all the time because they were the specialty dish of my grandma and she made them in a special way which I have never tasted or seen anywhere else in the world whenever there were snails served somewhere. Snails – the Pastis way were something completely different from my grandma’s snails, but I did like the “new” approach by pairing them with Roquefort cheese. Add some slices of baguette and great red wine and voila!


Tartar was one of the best my companion has ever tried anywhere! I have tasted the truffle cream and it was simply divine.

As main courses, black angus flank steak in red wine sauce with greens and french fries with truffles and catch of the day fish with roasted endive. Fish was very tasty and grilled to perfection with a touch of fresh thyme and lemon juice was just what I wanted. Flank steak was super tender, medium rare and went perfectly with the truffled fries. There was also a Béarnaise sauce as another option to the red wine sauce, but it wasn’t as great match with the meat and fries.




Dessert was so incredible that it went to the top 3 desserts we’ve ever tasted in our lives! Delicious creme caramel with granola and passion fruit was the cherry on top of the cake to our Parisienne dinner and made Pastis experience a very pleasant one. All that we were missing was a view at Eiffel’s tower and I would totally think that we were somewhere in Paris. 🙂



Friend of mine told me once that I’m “Bon Vivant” and I totally am, because places like PASTIS make my little foodie heart very happy and I find the best joys in life are to travel and experience as much as you can, so if you can’t be in Paris today, bring it to yourself by visiting a fine french restaurant like Pastis!

*Thank you Camilla for everything and for making this collaboration possible!

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

*Photography by Natali 


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  • Reply nancy December 9, 2015 at 3:42 AM

    Looks good, but i think i’d rather have some Azian food!

    • Reply natali karppinen December 9, 2015 at 4:54 AM

      Heheh, I know what you mean, I’ve been on an Asian food kick for a long time now. 😀

  • Reply A. December 9, 2015 at 3:53 AM

    I do love Asian food! Everything looks so yummy!

  • Reply Carrieslifestyle December 9, 2015 at 5:41 AM

    nice post
    Posts online about Dubai, Rio, Amsterdam….

    • Reply natali karppinen December 9, 2015 at 8:43 AM

      Thank you Carrie!

  • Reply Amy Ann December 9, 2015 at 6:20 AM

    What beautiful and delicious looking dishes. You are getting to be a regular restaurant reviewer.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Reply natali karppinen December 9, 2015 at 8:43 AM

      Absolutely! 😀 I love food as much as I love art and fashion, can’t help myself. 😀

  • Reply mariafelicia magno December 9, 2015 at 6:28 AM

    beautiful pics and nice place

    • Reply natali karppinen December 9, 2015 at 8:42 AM

      Thank you Mariafelicia for commenting!

  • Reply Elements of Ellis December 9, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    How cool that the owners mom designed the lamps!

    • Reply natali karppinen December 9, 2015 at 8:42 AM

      Right? I was so impressed when I heard that fact!

  • Reply Rachel Walker December 9, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Tartar + truffle cream + wine = Amazing x 10000 Love love the post! – R

    • Reply natali karppinen December 9, 2015 at 10:49 AM

      Sounds amazing, right!? 😀 Thank you Rachel for commenting!!

  • Reply jenessa December 9, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    love this post!

    • Reply natali karppinen December 9, 2015 at 11:04 PM

      Thank you Jenessa!

  • Reply Toks December 9, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Sounds amazing. You have some amazing restaurantes in Helsinki. xoxoxo

    • Reply natali karppinen December 9, 2015 at 11:04 PM

      I have slowly realised that too! 😀 Thanks for commenting!

  • Reply Trang Do December 9, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Wow! Looks so delicious! Lovely pics!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Reply natali karppinen December 9, 2015 at 11:03 PM

      Thank you very much! 🙂

  • Reply Dianne Tho December 10, 2015 at 1:46 AM

    all that fod looks absolutely amaaaazing 😀

  • Reply merel December 10, 2015 at 6:01 AM

    Wow, I recently discovered you blog and I absolutely love it!
    You put so much effort in these posts and it looks fab!

    X Merel

  • Reply Joanna December 10, 2015 at 6:03 AM

    Looks so delicious! 🙂

  • Reply Matea December 10, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Sva sreća pa sam taman dovršila večeru prije nego li sam otvorila ovaj post haha 😀

  • Reply Adela Acanski December 10, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Odlicno izgleda!Super su i fotografije

    Adela Acanski

  • Reply Vanessa December 10, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Wow! This is mouthwatering! Looks so good!
    xoxo, Vanessa

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