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Visit Helsinki: YUME-tastic

September 7, 2016

I’m not sure how many of you have watched or remember the legendary TV series “Cheers”? That little cafe where “everybody knows your name”? Yep, that’s how I feel each time I step inside of Yume restaurant, as my second home, place where everybody knows my name and every time I come there, I know that I’m up for a special treat. Ever since discovering Yume’s fusion flavours bringing us the best of tastes of Asia, I have been a devoted fan of their kitchen and vision. After following through their 4 menu changes, I can only say that they’ve been getting more and more inspiring with the selection of dishes on the menu and the way how they get the best out of each dish is still unresolved mystery to me. 😀 How can they deliver at all times with all of the dishes on the menu? I mean, their sides are equally mind-blowing too.

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Yume chefs are masterfully painting with their magic wands every day of the week, except Sunday and Monday. Let me tell you a little secret… If you really want the best, freshest and top notch quality dishes, esp. those raw/ fish ones, then you can’t be open on Sundays and Mondays. There ain’t no fresh produce arriving to restaurants on Sunday and Monday is the first day for the delivery to arrive, so Tuesday is the first possible working day. This should be case with all of the sushi/ Japanese restaurants at least…

Yume’s fish, raw, cooked or grilled is always of the best quality, meaty, fatty, just the most delicious pieces I’ve been eating anywhere in Helsinki. Compared to the previous menu, the nigiri selection stayed the same, but they’ve added back one of my favourites – white fish nigiri with shiso mayo! Mmmm, perfect little bite to start my dinner with.

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Sashimi selection is of once again my favourite, flash seared whitefish in mango salsa sauce and salmon sashimi in ponzu sauce. Here you can see the white fish sashimi which was absolutely divine! Fruity, sweet, salty, dense, mix of everything and it works incredibly well together!

Both sushi rolls have changed into Kaisen roll and Tempura prawn roll. Kaisen roll is usually made of “catch of the day” with shiso, cucumber and yuzukosho mayo, while prawn roll contains perfectly fried tempura prawn with avocado horseradish and kogyi kyan/ spicy mayo. Both rolls are simply to die for! While Kaisen one is more simpler in taste and concentrated on the quality and cuts of the raw fish, prawn one is more rich in taste and it’s perfectly crispy tempura satisfies all of my cravings. 🙂

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Speaking of tempura… New addition to this menu is veggie tempura with two different dippings, one is Yume’s vinegar and another one is togarashi mayo. First of all, I must say that I have been trying to find the best tempura dish in all of the Japanese/ Asian restaurants I’ve been to on my trips and so far the only perfect one was in Helsinki at Kabuki restaurant, but I must admit that surprise, surprise, Yume is the gold medalist as of now! Perfectly fried pieces of fresh veggies in tempura dipped into either one of the two mentioned dips is what foodie dreams are made of! I know that the fried/ tempura dishes aren’t the most healthiest options I could go with, but good Lord was this dish totally worth indulging in? YES!

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Onto the entertaining and social way of eating – HOT STONES! The selection is the same as before, but new addition is scallop. Scallops are bland, taste-like-nothing sea jewels so the sauce/ dips are the ones which make them tasty. Yume’s scallops should be fried about 10 sec. on each side and then dipped into their green chili-sambal sauce. Be careful not to get addicted to those, because I def. did! 🙂

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Main courses – new and rising stars are spring chicken and pork belly!

Spring chicken comes with pickled veggies in sesame soy sauce. Even without the complimentary rice, this dish will make you full and I’d recommend you to enjoy eating it without using the cutlery! The best way to enjoy this crispy and “fall – apart” perfection is to dig in with your hands and let your fingers get sticky, don’t be afraid to get bit “messy”. 🙂 If you’ve been to Yume before, this dish might remind you a lot of their legendary pork ribs! If you pair this dish with red wine Il Falchetto , Lurei you will thank me for forever, because the explosion which happens in your mouth will be overwhelming.

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Soy sauce braised pork belly comes with the lettuce, pak choi and shiso leaves to be wrapped into green rolls of happiness! 😀 You know how everybody tries to get in their veggies for the day, well try wrapping these buttery and juicy chunks of pork belly into the greens and you’ll see that greens never looked as pretty or tasted as good as they do wrapped up like this. 🙂

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Final circle of Yumetastic heaven was peanut butter choco cake with choco ganache and milk yoghurt with berries. Very rich, almost too chocolaty cake for my taste, but when mixed with milk yoghurt and berries, everything balances out very well and I’m happily already dreaming of my next date with my very public lover Yume. 🙂

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If you want to spend some of the best of times celebrating, laughing, food trippin’ or whatever it is you’re looking for on a special night out, go to Yume and let them surprise you with the top notch ambient, service and most importantly FOOD!!

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

*Thank you to Miss Tiia for making this collaboration possible.

*Photography by: Natali K. photography

FINNISH:

En tiedĂ€ ettĂ€ kuinka moni teistĂ€ on katsonut tai muistaa legendaarisen TV sarjan nimeltÀÀn ” Cheers”? Se pieni kahvila jossa “kaikki tuntee nimesi”? Ja kyllĂ€ se on se fiilis mikĂ€ minut valtaa aina kun astun sisÀÀn Ravintola Yumeen. Minun toiseen kotiin, paikkaan missĂ€ jokainen tietÀÀ nimeni. Ja joka kerta kun saavun tĂ€nne, niin tiedĂ€n ettĂ€ minua odottaa mahtava makupala. Olen ollut tĂ€mĂ€n keittiön ja vision vannoutunut fani, siitĂ€ lĂ€htien kun huomasin ettĂ€ Yumen fuusio maut tuovat parhaiten esille Aasialaisen keittiön maut. KĂ€ytyĂ€ni kokonaan lĂ€pi heidĂ€n neljĂ€ ruokalistan vaihdosta. Voin vaan sanoa ettĂ€ heistĂ€ on tullut yhĂ€ enemmĂ€n inspiroivia ruokalistan ruokalajien tarjonnan suhteen. Ja se tapa miten he saavat jokaisen jokaisen ruokalajin parhaat puolet esiin, on minulle vielĂ€ ratkaisematon mysteeri. 🙂 Kuinka he sen aina tekevĂ€tkÀÀn. Meinaan heidĂ€n lisukkeet ovat aina aivan yhtĂ€ hyviĂ€ myös.

Yumen kokit heiluttavat taikasuvaansa kaikkina muina pĂ€ivinĂ€ paitsi Sunnuntaina ja Maanantai. Saanko kertoa teille pienen salaisuuden… Jos oikeasti haluat parhaimpia, tuoreimpia ja niitĂ€ oikeasti mahtavia raaka/kala ruokalajeja. Niin silloin ravintola ei voi olla auki Sunnuntaisin ja Maanantaisin. SillĂ€ niinĂ€ pĂ€ivinĂ€ ei ravintoloihin toimiteta tuoretta kalaa. Vaan Tiistai on viikon ensimmĂ€inen pĂ€ivĂ€ jolloin se tehdÀÀn. Ja tĂ€mĂ€ kĂ€ytĂ€ntö pitĂ€isi olla jokaisessa sushi/japanilaisessa ravintolassa…

Yemen kala oli se sitten raakaa, keitettyĂ€ tai grillattua on aina parasta laatua. Lihaisaa, rasvapitoista ja niitĂ€ parhaita paloja mitĂ€ olen ikinĂ€ syönyt HelsingissĂ€. Jos vertaa edelliseen ruokalistaan. Niin nigirit ovat sĂ€ilyneet samoina. Mutta he ovat lisĂ€nneet yhden minun suosikeistani – eli siika nigiri shizo majoneesilla! Mmmm, tĂ€ydellinen suupala millĂ€ aloittaa illallinen.

Sashimi lajitelma oli jÀlleen minun tÀmÀn illan suosikkini. Karamelisoitua siikaa mango salsa kastikkeessa ja lohi sashimi ponzu kastikkeessa. TÀssÀ voitte nÀhdÀ siika sashimin joka oli tÀydellisen jumalainen. HedelmÀinen, makea, suolainen, kiinteÀ. Sekoitus kaikkea ja se oli niin mahtava yhdistelmÀ!

Molemmat sushi rullat ovat muuttuneet Kaiser rullaksi ja Tempura katkarapu rullaksi. Kaisen rullassa kĂ€ytetÀÀn pĂ€ivĂ€n kalaa, shiso lehtiĂ€, kurkkua ja yuzukosho majoneesia. Kuin taas katkarapu rullassa on kĂ€ytetty tĂ€ydellisesti paistettua Tempura katkarapua, avocado piparjuurta ja kogyi kyan / tulista majoneesia. Molemmat rullat ovat niin taivaallisia! SiinĂ€ missĂ€ Kaisen rulla on yksinkertaisempi ja niissĂ€ on keskitytty enemmĂ€n korkealaatuiseen raan kalan leikkaamiseen. Katkarapu rulla on maultaan “rikkaampi” ja sen tĂ€ydellisesti rapsakka tempura sammuttaa minun jokaisen ruoka himon. 🙂

Tempuras puhuakseni…TĂ€mĂ€n uuden ruokalista yksi uusi tulokas on kasvis tempura kahdella erilaisella dipillĂ€. Toinen nĂ€istĂ€ on Yumen viinietikka ja toinen on togarashi majoneesi. Ensiksi, minĂ€ olen yrittĂ€nyt löytÀÀ sitĂ€ parasta tempura annosta kaikista Japanilaisita / Aasialaisista ravintoloista, mihin olen ikinĂ€ eksynyt kaikilla matkoillani. Ja tĂ€hĂ€n pĂ€ivÀÀn asti se paras niistĂ€ on löytynyt HelsinkilĂ€isestĂ€ Kabuki ravintolasta. Mutta minun on pakko myöntÀÀ yllĂ€tys, yllĂ€tys ettĂ€ Yume vei nyt kulta mitalin tĂ€llĂ€ annoksella tĂ€ssĂ€ “kilpailussa”! TĂ€ydellisesti paistettuja kasvis paloja tempura kuorrutteella, dipattuna jompaan kumpaan mainitsemaani dippiin. On ruoka intoilijan mĂ€rkĂ€ pĂ€ivĂ€uni! TiedĂ€n ettĂ€ paistetut tempura annokset eivĂ€t ole niitĂ€ terveellisimpiĂ€. Mutta voi taivas miten tĂ€mĂ€ mahtava annos sai minut kuitenkin lankeamaan. Mahtavaa!

Ja ruoka matka jatkuu kohti viihdyttĂ€vÀÀ ja seurallista/sosiaalista nautinta tapaa. nimittĂ€in HOT STONESIA! Lajitelma on sama kuin ennenkin. Mutta lisĂ€nĂ€ mukaan on tullut kampasimpukka. Kampasimpukat ovat itsessÀÀn mauttomia ei-maistu-miltÀÀn meren jalokiviĂ€. Joten kastikkeet/dipit antavat niille aina sen maun. Yumen kampasimpukat tulisi paistaa noin 10 sekuntia per puoli, ja sen jĂ€lkeen dippaa heidĂ€n vihreÀÀn chili-sambal kastikkeeseen. Mutta varo ettet tule nĂ€istĂ€ minun tavoin riippuvaiseksi 😉

PÀÀ ruoat – Uudet nousevat tĂ€hdet ovat KevĂ€t kana ja porsaan kylki!

KevĂ€t kanan lisukkeena tulee marinoidut vihannekset seesami soija kastikkeessa. TĂ€mĂ€ annos on todella tĂ€yttĂ€vĂ€ ilman lisĂ€ riisiĂ€kin. Ja ehdotan ettĂ€ nautit sen ilman ruokailuvĂ€ineitĂ€! Paras tapa nauttia tĂ€mĂ€ rapsakka helposti “hajoava tĂ€ydellisyys” on kĂ€ydĂ€ siihen kĂ€siksi kĂ€sin ja antaa sormien likaantua. ÄlĂ€ pelkÀÀ jos “rapatessa roiskuu” 🙂 Jos olet ennen kĂ€ynyt Yumessa. Niin tĂ€mĂ€ annos saattaa muistuttaa sinua heidĂ€n toisesta legendaarisesta annoksesta eli Thai pork ribsistĂ€! Jos yhdistĂ€t tĂ€mĂ€n annoksen Il Falchetto, Lurei punaviinin kanssa, niin tulet kiittĂ€mÀÀn minua koko loppu elĂ€mĂ€si. SillĂ€ se “rĂ€jĂ€hdys” mikĂ€ tapahtuu suussa nĂ€iden yhdistĂ€misen jĂ€lkeen on taivaallinen.

Soija kastikkeessa haudutetun porsaan kyljen lisukkeena tulee salaatinlehtiĂ€, pak choita ja shiso lehtiĂ€. Joita yhdistĂ€mĂ€llĂ€ saadaan aikaan vihreitĂ€ ilon rullia! 🙂 Kuten teidĂ€t niin kaikkihan yrittĂ€vĂ€t saada pĂ€ivittĂ€isen vihannes kiintiön tĂ€yteen. Kokeile kÀÀriĂ€ nĂ€mĂ€ rasvaiset ja mehevĂ€t porsaan kyljen palat nĂ€iden vihannesten sisÀÀn. Niin tulet huomaamaan ettĂ€ vihannekset eivĂ€t ole koskaan nĂ€yttĂ€neet ja maistuneet niin hyviltĂ€ kuin ne maistuvat tĂ€llĂ€ tavalla kÀÀrittynĂ€. 🙂

Yumetasticin taivaan viimeinen pysĂ€kki oli maapĂ€hkinĂ€voi suklaa kakku lisĂ€nĂ€ suklaa ganachea,maito jogurttia ja marjoja. TĂ€mĂ€n kakun maku on todella tĂ€ytelĂ€inen, jo vĂ€hĂ€n liiankin suklainen minun makuuni. Mutta kun sen yhdistÀÀ jogurtin ja marjojen kanssa. niin maku tasoittuu. Ja alan jo unelmoimaan jo minun seuraavista treffeistĂ€ minun julkisen rakastajan eli Yumen kanssa. 🙂

Jos haluat viettÀÀ laatuaikaa juhlien, nauraen, ruokaa mÀssÀillessÀ, tai mitÀ ikinÀ haluatkaan silloin kun haluat viettÀÀ ihanan illan ulkona. Mene Yumeen ja anna heidÀt yllÀttÀÀ sinut huippu tunnelmalla, asiakas palvelulla ja enne kaikkea mahtavalla RUUALLA!!

TÀmÀ postaus on tehty yhteistyössÀ Ravintola Yumen kanssa. Kaikki mielipiteet ovat omiani.

Kiitos neiti Tiialle ettÀ tÀmÀ yhteistyö oli mahdollinen.

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30 Comments

  • Reply ivana split September 7, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    puno znači imati takva mjesta koja su nam kao drugi dom, pogotovo kad su restorani u pitanju. Divne fotografije i prezentacija, stvarno fantastično izgledaju ova jela.

    • Reply natali karppinen September 7, 2016 at 6:32 PM

      Hvala ti na komentaru i komplimentima. Da, ovo mjesto mi je bas priraslo srcu i svaki put kad sam
      tamo imam osijecaj kao da sam otisla na mali “getaway trip” van grada. 😀

  • Reply M September 7, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Very nice restaurant, good food, and your photos are gorgeous!

    M
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    • Reply natali karppinen September 7, 2016 at 6:31 PM

      Thank you! Yes, this is my favourite restaurant ever. 🙂

  • Reply sienna September 7, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    wow gorgeous post and love your blog!

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  • Reply Nada September 7, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Perfect!
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  • Reply Amy Arnold September 7, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    What a cool restaurant! All the sushi and fish look so good.

    Amy Ann
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    • Reply natali karppinen September 7, 2016 at 6:29 PM

      Thank you my dear Amy! Yes, their sushi is incredible!

  • Reply Jo September 7, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    I remember, Cheers. Those were the days when there were nice things on the Telly; not repeats of repeats. I go to a little Italian eatery where they know my name, but your place looks, ‘ top notch’as we say here.
    Jo x

  • Reply Jo September 7, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Oh, In case I have not told you. The film of the book is out next month. So that’s a ‘Must See’. However, its set in New York; not London. But will it be as good as the book?

  • Reply Susan September 7, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    The food looks super yummy! I also love the decor of the restaurant 🙂
    Have a lovely day,
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  • Reply Fabrizia September 7, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    This place seems amazing!
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  • Reply molly September 7, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    This looks absolutely delicious!

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  • Reply Irene September 8, 2016 at 2:46 AM

    Really great post! I love it:)

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  • Reply Kelsey Bang September 8, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    what good looking dishes! yes please!!

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  • Reply Reet September 8, 2016 at 9:59 AM

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  • Reply Reet September 8, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Oh I really want to visit this place now! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Reply Natasa Stojanovic September 8, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    This is totally Instagrammable! Place is so cute & food looks yummy too! 🙂
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  • Reply Nada September 8, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Oh my this looks so so good!
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  • Reply bags September 9, 2016 at 12:27 AM

    Very interesting,love
    xoxo

  • Reply Toks September 9, 2016 at 12:51 AM

    Another amazing looking place. The fish dishes look delicious, I’m not eating meat any more. I’ve changed to a basically plant based diet. xoxoxo

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  • Reply Shannon Jenkins September 9, 2016 at 1:39 AM

    Omg this is making me sooooo hungry!!! All of this looks amazing and now Im craving sushi!

    <3 Shannon
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  • Reply Elements of Ellis September 9, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen an entire episode of Cheers but I know what show your talking about 🙂 I love a place where everyone knows your name…I guess it has to do with growing up in a small town 🙂

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  • Reply Hadasah Love | Style To Love September 9, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Lovely blog post, thank you for sharing!!! xxx
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  • Reply Jennifer September 9, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Looks delicious!

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  • Reply TIFFANY LEA September 10, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Why are you making me hungry!!! I love sushis… and the photos are so well done it makes you want to eat everything hahaxx great post.

    Much love, XXX Tiffany Lea

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  • Reply Charlotte September 10, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Food is looking delicious – Especially the dessert!! Yum 🙂
    xo, Charlotte
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  • Reply Sophie September 11, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Wow, that looks so good. Foodporn.
    Sophie♄

  • Reply sophie September 22, 2016 at 4:05 AM

    Elegant Japanese dishes <3

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