I chose to visit as I was looking for somewhere in Helsinki to have traditional Finnish food where the price wasn't too high, what attracted me to this restaurant was the all you can eat buffet as I felt I would be able to get...good value for the price.
I went on the weekend (Saturday) and was asked if I had a reservation, which I did not, however the friendly young man who greeted me seated me at a table. The place is not large at all which i had not expected. The buffet is located on a few tables right by the kitchen area. There were hot options on one table with vegetables and boiled/ mashed potatoes alongside and then cold options on another with sauces and baskets with bread on a shelf above. To the other side were a couple of soup tureens. The food was labelled on the outside of the containers so you knew what you were picking.
Once seated the server explained I could help myself. I think there is a drinks menu and a dessert menu but I opted for tap water and only the buffet so did not see these. I saw several people drinking beer so this seemed a popular choice.
I tried the smoked reindeer soup with a couple of slices of rye bread and a Karelian pastry. The soup was flavorsome and had small pieces of smoked meat in it which I really enjoyed. I then had the barley with saute reindeer as well as bit of the cooked salmon. I was also excited to try the fish roe they had with the cold fish and salad choices. Everything was cooked well and had nice flavours, I saw that the food levels were checked regularly and things were topped up from the kitchen when running low.
As mentioned the restaurant is small, so there was sometimes a queue of people waiting to select their food, but everyone worked out a way in which to keep the line moving. The only thing I didn't see was hand sanitizer near the food to clean your hands before using the utensils, which I personally would have liked, but may have just overlooked.
If you have a big appetite and want to make the most of trying different Finnish options then this is a good place to come, take a look at their website before hand which lists the food available so you know what to expect.More