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Visit Helsinki: Saslik

October 13, 2015

Seeing that you have fell in love with my first post in new series of “Visit Helsinki” posts, I’m continuing by presenting you another gem and a “must” spot when visiting Helsinki. Being born in Russia and half Russian from my mother’s side, the respect for Russian culture, food and traditions has been deeply instilled in me. I have always loved Russian cuisine but due to me growing up in Croatia, the only time I got a chance to eat amazing Russian food was when I would visit my grandparents in Moscow, once or twice a year.

Ever since moving to Helsinki about 8 years ago and being so close to the border with Russia, I was lucky to enjoy some of the best Russian food thanks to places like Saslik! SASLIK  restaurant is possibly one of the best Russian restaurants in the world outside of Russia. I’ve been a pretty regular customer throughout the years and still, every time I go to SASLIK, I feel incredible, from very attentive service, astonishing, museum like interior to the most delicious food presented on delicate plates.


Once a year, Saslik has a BEAR FEST season, meaning that for one month only, you get to enjoy bear meat delicacies such as bear’s paw or potted bear, as well as bear dumplings.

Saslik has a variety of options for everybody and they’re comfortable with adjusting the dishes according to your wishes. Once, they’ve made a whole vegan menu for me and that was as delicious as their regular/ not adjusted dishes.


You can dine in the big, shared dining room, back room or in one of their amazing, differently sized private cabinets without any extra charge. Celebrations like weddings, birthdays, etc. are all possible to be organised and held there.

Saslik has cherished Russian traditions both, in it’s milieu and in it’s cuisine. Saslik is part of A&S restaurants which is a private, family run restaurant chain operating 6 different restaurants in the heart of Helsinki.


We’ve been served a Zakuska plate as a shared starter for two. I don’t have to even mention how delicious it was and how Russians definitely make the best salamis and pickles. Zakuska also came with Vorschmack and selection of an in house bread. For the main course we had bear frikadelles ( meatballs ) with potato gratin, pickled cabbage, root vegetables and malt sauce. 2nd main course was a smoked white fish on a bed of spelt, beetroot, kale and red wine sauce. To crown the perfect lunch, we have finished this royal trip by enjoying the one and only – Baked Alaska ala Catherine Great! This is hands down my most favourite dessert in a whole wide world!! THE BEST baked Alaska ever!!! No wonder that it’s been a classic on their menu.





I’d like to thank Miss Johanna for this collaboration and Mr. Matti for giving us a tour through the whole restaurant and for making an overall experience absolutely magnificent.


*This post was made in collaboration with Saslik restaurant but all of the opinions are my own!

Photography by: Natali K. photography

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  • Reply nancy October 13, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    It looks very nice and the plateau are really beautiful. I dont like rating bear but my boyfriends does. I will show him your pics!

  • Reply nunu October 14, 2015 at 1:59 AM

    great pictures honey. love it!! 😉
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  • Reply Bold Bliss October 14, 2015 at 3:37 AM

    What a stunning restaurant! Both the food and the decor look breathtaking!

    Bold Bliss

  • Reply Matea October 14, 2015 at 5:05 AM

    Ja uvijek na ovakve postove naletim kad sam gladna, a ručak još nije skuhan 😀

  • Reply laura October 14, 2015 at 5:38 AM

    looks delicious`! X Laura

  • Reply Lauren October 14, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    YUM! Everything looks so tasty!

    Fizz and Frosting

  • Reply Amy Ann October 14, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    Wow, this all looks so yummy and fancy. What a fun dining experience. Also, I got my candlestick yesterday. I love it. Thanks again!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Reply rakhshanda October 14, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Great pics! The food looks amazing <3

  • Reply Darcy October 14, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    The food looks amazing and I love the cute decor! Seems like a great place!

  • Reply Bear lover October 14, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Sorry but this is disgusting! How can you ear bear? Beyond cruel, unnecessary and downright gross!! I’m sick after reading with what nonchalance you write about it. A beautiful wild animal died so you can stuff your stomach.. shame on you for promoting such cruelty.

  • Reply jenessa October 14, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Looks wonderful!

  • Reply Faith October 14, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    The food looks sooo good

  • Reply Eleonora October 14, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics with us!


  • Reply Lucy October 14, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Looks delicious! Kisses Lucy

  • Reply Toks October 14, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    You always find the most amazing restaurants. Everything looks wonderful. xoxo

  • Reply Rox-Anne October 14, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    What an elegant restaurant! I have always wanted to visit Russia ( I live in Canada) and I will be adding this as a place to visit for sure! xx

  • Reply Seerlee October 14, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Such picture worthy scenes! xx

  • Reply Trang Do October 14, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Food looks delicious!! Love this restaurant!!
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  • Reply Ria October 14, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Yum everything looks so delicious.


  • Reply Sandra Leiva October 15, 2015 at 3:48 AM

    That place looks great!


  • Reply The Girl October 15, 2015 at 3:56 AM

    Everything looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing this place!

  • Reply Adela Acanski October 15, 2015 at 5:11 AM

    Prelep ambijent i fotografije

    Adela Acanski

  • Reply Viktoriya October 15, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Such an amazing place!

  • Reply Radi October 15, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    The interior of this place is amazing! I also love Russian food and the culture!

  • Reply Trang Do October 15, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Beautiful pictures!! Food looks delicious!!
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  • Reply Mira Tolvanen October 16, 2015 at 1:48 AM

    Looks great!

  • Reply Deborah October 16, 2015 at 2:05 AM

    Great pictures,and the food looks so tasty!


  • Reply Thais October 16, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    wow, this place seems amazing!


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  • Reply Cielo October 16, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    Food looks delicious! Lovely place! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • Reply instant milk October 16, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Beautiful place. The food looks amazing!

  • Reply Hayley Larue October 17, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    That place looks awesome! Thanks for sharing! <3

  • Reply annie lee October 17, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    the fish dish looks really yummy… mMmm!

  • Reply Naďa October 17, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Amazing post ! 🙂
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  • Reply Ivana October 18, 2015 at 1:05 AM

    Draga Natali, jos jednom si “odradila” odlican posao! Moram priznati da nisam najbolje upoznata s ruskom kuhinjom ali vjerujem da je izvrsna. Generalno jako volim rusku kulturu i tradiciju te uopce ne sumnjam da kuhinja po bilo cemu zaostaje. Restoran izgleda bas lijepo i toplo, a hrana preukusno. Fotkice su divne kao i popratni tekst. Bravo draga… nadam se da cu jednog dana biti u prilici posjetiti i ovo lijepo mjesto u Helsinkiju! 🙂

  • Reply Mónica Sors October 18, 2015 at 3:51 AM

    So elegant and nice place 😉
    Kisses from Spain
    Mónica Sors

  • Reply LARA ROSE October 18, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Looks amazing! Beautiful photography!


  • Reply Anna October 18, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Love the photography and the place looks amazing.If I ever travel there I’ll be sure to check it out!I’d love to try these delicacies!

  • Reply Helena Primeira October 18, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Beauty local, that delicious dish 🙂

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  • Reply Hollis October 20, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    and I just love them all

  • Reply Mireia Mydailystyle October 27, 2015 at 3:05 AM

    You always post the most amazing pictures <3<3

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