Sunday, 26 October 2014

Dining and w(h)ining in Helsinki: Faro

I was invited for an Alsace wine tasting, courtesy of Pierre Sparr wines, and a special dinner designed to accompany a hand-picked selection. The venue was Restaurant Faro, which I've visited on a couple of occasions over the years, yet have never left with a desire to return. 

The restaurant has changed hands (again) and I'm glad I went - we were in for a real treat!

Just another Tuesday......

The restaurant is located in Ruoholahti - over looking the beautiful views of Ruoholahti canal and easily accessible by pubic transportation (right next to the metro station!) 

Stylish details make for a stylish milieu, but they want to be known as a welcoming, low treshold neighbourhood bistro. Pop in for a drink or stay for dinner. On weekends they also serve brunch. 

It's all glass walls, so the views are great - throughout the year.

The wine list is customer friendly, too and most wines are available by the glass.

We kicked the evening off with a tasting. First some whites...

And then some Crémant d'Alsace.

And then we moved on to food. Innovative, beautiful dishes with well balanced flavours and textures.

Amuse-bouche for instance featured porcini dust.

The starter featured winter apple three ways.

Breads are not made on premises (owing to the limited capacity of the kitchen) but were delicious nonetheless.

Then some Arctic char and smoked venison for which Pinot Noir proved a great match.

Quail was, interestingly enough, served with Riesling. Another good match. The dish itself was to die for. 

Both the dessert and the wine it came with were equally superb: subtle, elegant...and such eye candy.

Happy tummies, happy bunnies!




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