Food, Lifestyle, My Work

Visit Helsinki:

July 27, 2017

One of my favourite sections on the blog besides my weekly outfits and mumblings is this one, “Visit Helsinki”! If you’re new to my blog, then you might not be familiar with these posts which are a mini guide to (mostly) Helsinki’s restaurants’ scene, presenting you my new and old favourite spots in town, places to stay at such as hotels like Kamp, places to check out etc. 

As a big foodie, somebody who loves finding out new restaurants and trying out the new dishes I was very happy to come across A friend of mine has recommended them to me about a year ago, but I’ve been a bit lazy to go to the actual restaurant so I got caught up in making orders via food delivery services. I must admit that I was never that big fan of noodles… In fact, nothing could beat a great bowl of spaghetti with a long cooked tomato sauce and some fresh herbs. I know that Japanese noodles and Italian spaghetti are two different things but when you simplify it, they’re both egg noodles and can easily taste like “nothing”, unless a person who’s preparing the dish has put a lot of love, vision and skills into the dish. That’s when “just” the egg noodles become one of the best dishes I ever ate. have possibly the shortest menu I’ve seen in town but every single dish is ridiculously delicious that it’s almost a crime that they’re preparing that good and affordable melas only 5 min walk from my apartment. If you ask me on any day what do I feel like eating for lunch, answer would be: noodles or sushi! can be found in one of my favourite areas in the city, Hietalahti’s Market Hall and is ran by a lovely SloPan couple! Slo – standing for Slovenian and Pan for Japanese. 😀

Ray and Haruka are modest, heartwarming souls of that make hundreds of people (well fed) happy on daily basis. At their little restaurant you don’t have to worry about the ingredients which are being used or count your calories, this is not your regular “Chinese/Thai/ noodle whatever takeaway”. These lovely people are making their own noodles, sourcing all of the produce hormone free, local, organic whenever possible and some of the products such as their wild garlic pesto and olive oil are made by the family and friends.

Esp. for this post, I have interviewed Ray and Haruka, so read on if you want to find out more about this gem on Helsinki’s, always growing food scene.

When and why did you open a restaurant in Helsinki? What are your “ties” to Helsinki?
We have opened in June 2016. As we have two school age kids and we wanted to provide the best possible education for children we have decided to move to Finland. This was our first priority.  We are both coming from different backgrounds however we are both passionate about healthy eating and benefits of healthy cooking. With visiting local restaurants we realize that it’s extremely difficult to find quality food, prepared with quality ingredients and that price/quality ratio is very poor. And then we noticed that there is a vacant space available in Hietalahti market hall and decided to open a small Japanese restaurant with very different concept: Cooking from scratch with organic ingredients wherever possible and/or with the highest quality ingredients available on the market.
Slovenia and Japan? Very exotic mix – how does this show in the food that you cook/ serve at
Some customers saying that we have best of both lol, tasty and healthy Japanese food prepared by Japanese and excellent customer service, Slovenia is generally known for truly high restaurant service standards.
What is your vision for How do you see it grow/ change in the future?
We would like to add new things in our menu and remain devoted to honest home style cooking which dramatically reduce fat, calories, cholesterol, and sodium without sacrificing taste or texture. We are planning to open more kitchens only in Finland and Germany and offer the food through home delivery networks like Wolt and Foodora as it’s too expensive to open new restaurants with sitting places in high street locations, so more and more people will have opportunity to taste our food. We will continue to cook for vegetarians, vegans and for people with gluten allergies.
Tell me some specifics about your restaurant (some special things which separate you from other restaurants).
As already said before, we are doing our best to use natural and organic ingredients, for instance for all our cooking we are using organic and hand harvested salt from Salt pans Piran which is used in numerous high-class restaurants around the world, for instance world-famous British chef Jamie Oliver is using the same salt. We are buying organic oils from people we know and trust, for instance we are buying home-made extra virgin olive oil or pumpkin oil produced by our friend and it’s quality has nothing to do with the oils sold in supermarkets. Our noodles are usually hand made by ourselves or we buying them freshly made every morning from our supplier we trust using organic flours only. In our vegan special menu we are using our own wild garlic pesto – very special and expensive ingredients  which you simply cannot find in another restaurant.
How do you like Helsinki food scene? Do you think that it’s changing into better or is it still “dull”?
We have noticed slight changes in Helsinki food scene comparing last year, however it still seems to be “light years” behind Berlin for example.
How and can the smaller restaurants survive the competition with the bigger/ fancier restaurants or endless buffets all over the city?
We are surviving thanks to our returning customers which are coming back regularly and even bringing us their friends.


*Thank you for making this collaboration possible!

*Food styling help and visual guidance thanks to my friend Joseph, find him on Instagram @youssef_jose

*Photography by Natali

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  • Reply Jerry / Escape the Mundane July 27, 2017 at 7:21 AM

    Great! They desereve all the recognition they can get, so it’s fantastic that you made a post about this :). I read through the whole interview part with Ray’s voice :D. And great pictures as always!

    • Reply natali karppinen July 27, 2017 at 7:23 AM

      Hahaha, I totally know what you’re talking about re:reading the interview. 😀 Thank you my friend for the support, I appreciate it!

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog July 27, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    I get a lot of traditional Japanese food where I live in Hong Kong, and I fly to Japan often, but I love fusion dishes and new, modernised approaches to classic recipes. What beautiful photos, you captured it well!

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  • Reply Heidi July 27, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    I love Japanese food! Here everything looks so delicious! The photos are amazing!

  • Reply Anika July 27, 2017 at 1:48 PM

    All this food looks so unbelievably delicious! Stunning photos!

    Anika xo |

  • Reply Ashley Hutchinson July 27, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    OMG this place looks absolutely divine! Love these messy food shots!!


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  • Reply Liuba July 27, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Great post dear) Amazing pics!

  • Reply Simply Sory July 27, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Vaya pinta que tiene la comida que muestras.

    Te dejo mi último post, un look con unas visitas preciosas.

  • Reply Silvia July 27, 2017 at 7:33 PM

    Que buena pinta tiene todo!!! Que hambre me ha entrado solo de ver las fotos!!
    Un beso guapa!! Silvia

  • Reply Carmelatte July 27, 2017 at 7:46 PM

    All the food looks yummy <3


  • Reply Amy Arnold July 27, 2017 at 11:43 PM

    Your posts in this area of the blog always make me want to visit and this is no exception!

    Amy Ann
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  • Reply Violette July 28, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    It looks super delicious, and I’m so hungry now! I would love to visit!

  • Reply a trendy life July 28, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    All seems so delicious! Kisses

  • Reply Kris July 28, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Wow, this food post was awesome! Love the food photos, they made me super hungry!

    Have an awesome day!

    xx Kris

  • Reply chichi July 28, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    the food looks so yum and tempting!

  • Reply Emily July 28, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    What beautiful photography – this food looks so delicious. I’m officially hungry now. 😉
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  • Reply Daniel July 28, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    So delicious!

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  • Reply vaishali July 28, 2017 at 9:52 PM

    Well thr shop looks amazing and food , wow. But I must admit the photograhy is done perfectly. Love it.

  • Reply Karen July 28, 2017 at 10:11 PM

    Wow I’m drooling at these pictures ahaha everything looks soo good!

  • Reply cristina July 29, 2017 at 1:21 AM

    Like if my noodles cravings weren’t enough…

  • Reply Shivangi July 29, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    I am super hungry now! 😛 The food looks delicious! <3 Loved reading the post! Have a nice day! 🙂

  • Reply Angelie July 30, 2017 at 7:55 AM

    I love japanese food too! I love Ramen and Sashimi. This post is making my mouth water, I am not even kidding you! Haha

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  • Reply miri July 30, 2017 at 11:44 PM

    This restaurant looks amazing. And the food so yummy.

  • Reply Marta July 30, 2017 at 11:45 PM

    Omg yes!!!!

  • Reply Ruby July 31, 2017 at 1:03 AM

    Aw!! So yummy! Now I am hungry! haha

    Lovely post!


  • Reply Tonya July 31, 2017 at 3:49 AM

    Yumm this all looks so yummy! Great post!!

  • Reply Shannon Jenkins July 31, 2017 at 5:25 AM

    Yum! I love Japanese food! This all looks amazing!

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  • Reply Jessica July 31, 2017 at 6:11 AM

    These food pics are making me hungry! I love Japanese food so this is right up my alley!

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  • Reply Jennifer July 31, 2017 at 7:25 AM

    OMG this looks so delicious! Being pregnant everything looks even better than it would typically! Hope you enjoyed!

    xo, Jennifer

  • Reply Maayuk July 31, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    Wow that looks super yummy! Love the detail of the photos!

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    Those food photos are stunning <3

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