The tropical girl’s insights about Viking-Themed Restaurant in the heart of Finland
The Harald Helsinki, for us is the long-awaited restaurant to try. Located at Aleksanterin katu 21 downtown Helsinki, we’ve been walking pass it so many times. This Viking-themed Restaurant looks intriguing from the outside. We were wondering how the interior would look like, how’s the service, could it be the staple of Viking meal we’ve been searching for or plainly: is it any good? As our marriage anniversary getting nearer, we thought it was appropriate to have couple’s fun and dine in the times between 800 AD – 1025 AD.
Jyrki and I are used to do a little bit of googling before we go to visit restaurants in Finland to get the best experience. On their website we can pick Finnish language, Swedish or English. We read that the service was good and were not disappointed. We came on December’s Tuesday after 1.30 PM, found the restaurant easily. A nice waitress came to greet us and then helped us find the most suitable table the moment we stepped in Harald Helsinki on the 2nd floor. There were also one Asian couple behind us and like me, they were enjoying the whole entrance heartily.
The whole interior was very interesting. The walls decorated with moose’s head shots, axes, swords, furs, Viking’s shield, and other Iron Age’s handwritings. A cheerful ethnic music accompanied our steps to our table. I choose to sit in the middle area of the restaurant hoping to see all the actions easily, because the higher tables were all booked for Pikkujoulu or Christmas dinners for offices and companies. And on that note, the restaurant itself was wide enough to accommodate large groups. There were at least 5 groups of customers celebrating Pikkujoulu, 3 or 4 couples beside us and there were more empty tables.
We started with the ultimate Nordic choices of meat, Rafter’s reindeer soup for my husband and Starter Stone from the Land of the Sami for me. As usual, plain water for the drink so we can indulge on the flavor.
FYI, malt bread is commonly found in the shore’s areas of Finland. My in-laws who are living in Porvoo, said that this rye bread is common in the archipelago. Which I think is appropriate considering how Vikings were known to had
infested coast of Finland.
Moving on to the highlight of the evening, The Shield of the Vanaheim, Jyrki and I were excited to see what the Shield really means. We haven’t been able to find the photos from internet and when a waitress puts an iron-legged tripod.
And then, BOOM! A round table filled with 4 different types meats, 2 types of potato dishes, and 3 types of sauces. Massive plate!
The thing about Finland is the fact that most people are “woke” about health and sustainable environment which were shown by this dish. You can chew on the lean steak but not feeling the guilt or bloated afterwards. The menu clearly said it’s a Gluten-free meal.
All the wild game meat in this dish are I think among best qualities. They were rich, juicy, and cooked perfectly. Different from industrialized meat I’ve so grown accustomed-to.
Nevertheless, I wouldn’t say this is the spiciest meal, but it was -there’s no other way to say it- fulfilling. Portion are enough for 4 persons, so imagine how full we were up ’till the next day! The 77,20 euros worth so much. We weren’t sure to even continue to dessert at first.
There is access for disabled person by elevator and I saw a few highchairs for toddlers in this restaurant. During Covid-19 pandemic, the restaurant is closed but it will be opening on the June 1st, 2020. We can contact them at https://www.ravintolaharald.fi/ for details of their services.
I wouldn’t recommend it so much for those who have no interest on looking at head wall mounts. Harald Restaurants has a good deal of them. Meanwhile if you’re looking for that Vikingish experience for the whole family or many people, this place is a win. And as a Themed- Restaurant, Harald were fun. Jyrki and I already planning on to try on other dishes while envisioning one of the most intriguing tribe in the world, the Vikings.