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Kampinmalmi
0.3 km from The Esplanadi Park
About
Classic Scandinavian and European restaurant with a touch of Finnish Cuisine! In the heart of the city centre!
PRICE RANGE
€34 - €137
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
European, Scandinavian
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Table Service, Free Wifi
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All reviews schnitzel bread mashed potatoes scallops vitello tonnato salad our mouths cooked just right fantastic lunch main course vorschmack wines lingonberries evert capers
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

KJ is minutes from the Central rail station, but quaint and cozy in an alley. The staff gave us personal attention despite a large Swedish event there at the time. The scallops were a real treat and great fish too. The food is worth a...trip to Helsinki!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 February 2023 via mobile

Fantastic place with top service and high quality food. Really good experience nice music and atmosphere. Highly recommend to everyone visiting Helsinki. Prices are reasonable for Helsinki and the area.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 25 November 2022

This restaurant was so good, I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch and came straight back for lunch the very next day (and was warmly greeted by the same waiter). The food here is simply excellent -- fresh, well-executed and presented, full of flavour. You begin with...a self-serve salad and bread, a perfect way to get started while you wait the short time this efficient kitchen takes to make your fresh lunch. The schnitzel I had on my first visit was wonderful, perfectly in tune with the lingonberries, capers, and herring garnish, and served on a silky hill of mashed potatoes. On day 2 I had a wonderful beef stew, so rich in flavour it was hard to restrain oneself from mopping up every drop of sauce with bread. The dishes were expertly paired with delicious wines. Service is warm and friendly. This is on my must-visit list for my next trip to Helsinki.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 25 November 2022

I stumbled upon this place running errands and am lucky that I did. I only have had lunch there, but have been back twice. They have a nice salad with bread to start (self-serve), and a choice of several ala carte items. The service is...awesome and the food comes quickly - which is nice at lunch.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 18 August 2022

A quiet summer evening in the center of Helsinki. We went out with a few friends and were recommended Restaurant Karljohan at the hotel. It was good! As a starter, a very delicious fresh green salad for some and an exquisitely delicious scallop dish for...others. The main course was reindeer fillet for the 3 of us, and I have never had a better reideer fillet in my life. The fourth chose the dish of the day, a moose stew on mashed potatoes, also top notch. The wine advice was excellent, and you had the clear impression that both waiters and wine waiters were having a good time looking after the customers - it was simply nice to be around. It's not a very cheap place, but you really get what you pay for. Recommended!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 8 July 2022 via mobile

Hello, it's been a while. Sorry about it. Yesterday we were eating in Restaurant Karljohan in our lovely hometown Helsinki city. We had a 5 course special dinner, and what a dinner. First we got vitello tonnato, witch is one of my all time favourites....An it was made to perfection. After that we had fried scallops with cauliflower pyre. Scallops melt in our mouths. And the pyre was like a cloud. Wow. Then come vorschmack, whits is a traditional meat dish. Actually it is from russia, but it was our marshal Mannerheis favourite and it's become like ours. It was the dish of the day. Excellent. It had been 3 days in the owen. That tells something. Before dessert we got cod witch had cooked just right. The flakes were there, just enough salt and vegetable kind of sauce tasty. Dessert was a dark chocklad bar and strawberry with basil - mascarpone quenell was surprisingly good. Okay, that's it! An all this was only 60 euros per person. Special thanks to the staff, professional, funny and friendly. We loved evert bit of it!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 5 June 2022 via mobile

Excellent food. Nice athmosphere. Very good service. Highly recommended. Perfect restaurant for all occasions, just a have lunch or dinner. Family owned restaurant.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 3 February 2022

Deep fried potatoes were okay but schnitzel was unsalty and below average quality, lingonberries were far away from fresh, maybe taken from fridge more than week ago.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 27 February 2020 via mobile

Our first night in Helsinki and chose to eat in this excellent restaurant. The food was fantastic - in particular the snail starter and kidney main, which may sound very left field but were absolutely delicious! Service was spot on as well, loved it!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 22 February 2020

We had a very nice dinner here, it's a small place, with really good food, and very friendly service. Definitely recommend

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 22 February 2020 via mobile

The restaurant is quite small but very neat and peaceful decorated with light Nordic colours and wood. However was their quite noisy during our visit, the restaurant was fully booked and there was also a larger party with laughter and loud talking, why it sometimes...was hard to strike up a conversation. The menu offers variety but without too many options and of course is there a Nordic feeling with ingredients like potatoes, lingonberries, cauliflower and reindeer. The service is very good and always with a smile. The waitresses talks passionate about the food and drinks also giving their suggestions and they feel very genuine and true. This is a place I would love to return to next time I visit Helsinki and I strongly recommend everyone to enjoy dinner here.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 31 January 2020

It has been our tradition for years, that whenever we want to be absolutely sure about tasty food and good service, Karljohan has often been our choise.. Also this time they did not disappoint us. Our starter blinis were ball-like in their form - not...pancake like as they usually are. The blinis were fluffy, tasty and the course was displayed beautifully on the plate Flank steaks were accompanied with nicely roasted vegetables, but the meat itself had some toughness.. Our desserts - fondant and parfait - were both excellent in their taste and appearance. And finally, the recommended Nerthe red wine matched very well with the main course. The service was considerate but not exaggerative and ran at a proper pace. So if you want to enjoy a good dinner this is certainly a good choise but since the number of seats is rather small, I highly recommend you make a reservation.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 4 January 2020

We were looking for somewhere to eat dinner and thought we would try this restaurant. We were all very impressed - starters were the crayfish soup and green salad, both were very enjoyable, main course of reindeer- melt in your mouth and there was a...fine balance with the vegetables, fish of the day - salmon which was also delicious. The suggested Cote de Rhone red was very complimentary and smooth to the palate. Dessert wine, also recommended, was a fine finish to a superb meal. This restaurant has been family owned for 33 years and that’s a testament to the quality of food and service. They also were supportive of one dîner needing to have gluten free options. We will definitely return. Many thanks.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 2 January 2020

Nice steakhouse in Helsinki centre (just opposite the market buliding). Great stakes and burgers, not so good side dishes (soups etc). The place seemed to me a bit expensive, but this goes for the rest of Helsinki as well.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 30 December 2019 via mobile

We came here for dinner and had the Vorschmack and Reindeer. The reindeer meat was simply outstanding. The dish looked great as well. The Vorschmack was great too, the mashed potatoes awesome. Service was food and the atmosphere a bit like in a Scandinavian living...room. We liked it much and would come back anytime! Not cheap but jsu for Helsinki.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4
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