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Kampinmalmi
0.4 km from Esplanadi Park
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I was keen to try some Lapland cuisine and so booked Lappi despite it being a bit of a tourist restaurant. We started with the starter platter for two which looks very impressive. However, we both found it rather bland. The reindeer carpaccio was the...nicest of the selection but it was served far too cold, some of the slices had a frozen crunch to them! I suspect the meat had been chilled down to help with the slicing, but it should never be served like that. I separated the slices out so that they could thaw and warm up whilst we ate the other items. But none of these really impressed. For the main we had slow-cooked entrecôte and fillet of reindeer. This was excellent and cooked to perfection. None of the desserts really enticed, so we didn't bother. Wine is generally expensive in Finnish restaurants, and this is especially true at Lappi. One bottle of wine I saw earlier in the day at an Alko store for €15 was listed at over €50. Quite some mark-up!More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the Lappi restaurant with my family since they came to see me in Helsinki, and I wanted a good place to celebrate our reunion. Despite the initially unwelcoming reception, the food was good, and the waitress was very friendly. Unfortunately, the evening didn’t...end well. The service manager asked us to leave before we even finished our meal. For your information, the bill for the four of us was €270.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made revervation in advance and it's pretty empty when we arrived. Ambience is good, food and service is ok. I ordered lappish salad and the Entrecôte & Fillet of Reindeer and my husband ordered salmon soup and catch of the day(Arctic Char). The salad...is average, entrecote is pretty bad and luke warm, reindeer fillet is actually good and freshly cooked, the only hightlight of the dinner.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our meal at Lappi as it combined the three key elements in abundance. Nice ambience, great service & delicious food!Τhis is not a cheap restaurant, you are paying for the location at the city centre, the traditional Lappish interior atmosphere as well as...the quality of the food and service. We enjoyed some classic Salmon soup. For mains, we thenhad the Reindeer Shank and the Entrecôte & Fillet of Reindeer. Both were cooked beautifully, and served with very rich and delicious sauces. The staff was friendly friendly and spoke perfect English. Overall, Lappi is recommended for tasty Finnish cuisine and an enjoyable meal out.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had an excellent meal at that traditional restaurant. I had the salad and fish of the day and my husband had the salmon soup and reindeer dish. All were excellent! We also sampled local drinks and desert. The atmosphere was very pleasant and food...very tasty!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 May 2024 via mobile

Lovely food and drinks, reindeer carpaccio was lovely along with the reindeer sausage. Elk was also lovely. Service was a little slow, even though it wasn’t super busy. Definitely felt like a bit of a tourist trap as none of the Finnish menus were in...use.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 13 April 2024 via mobile

The interior and the staff is wonderful in this restaurant. However the food isn‘t. The reindeer carpaccio was solidly frozen and almost unedible and the main dishes were cold unfortunately. This is really a No-go for a restaurant. The prices are slightly too high for...what it is, even though the flavours were delicious.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 5 March 2024 via mobile

Authentic Finnish food. We Came here purely based on the trip advisor reviews which I’m glad to say were spot on. We booked earlier in the day and we got the last table. They are very busy on weekends so book early. The staff greeted...us with a warm welcome and we had a great table by the window. I had the vodka aperitif with cranberries , excellent Finnish vodka. Then I had sautéed reindeer , my friend had another reindeer dish. Both were fantastic, so tasty and cooked really well. We were served by Sergei who looked after us all night , we really appreciated how great he was. Thank you Sergei!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 27 February 2024 via mobile

I made a reservation a couple of weeks ago and was really looking forward to trying Lappish cuisine. I arrived a bit early and was immediately seated. From the very beginning, I didn't feel very welcomed. I ordered my food, and everything was served in...such a rush that I felt as though I was in McDonald's, expected to eat everything as quickly as possible in order to leave. The rye bread was the worst I've experienced during my travels in Estonia and Finland. The other meals were fine, with the Lappish salad actually being very good. I struggled with the reindeer dish as I was quite full. Nevertheless, I still had my forks in the position indicating I was still eating. Despite this, the waitress asked me if she could take away my plate. I agreed. Then she asked if I wanted dessert, which I, of course, refused. Following this, she asked if she could bring me my bill. This has never happened to me before, and I considered it very rude to be essentially pushed away from the restaurant immediately after finishing my meal.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 22 February 2024 via mobile

We knew Lappi was a bit “touristy” but wanted to give it a go anyway. It was so Much better than we had anticipated. Excellent cocktails, local specialties and friendly service. We shared the starter platter and the mains platter - very generous portions and...got to try a lot of tasty interesting foods.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 8 February 2024 via mobile

So yes it is a bit touristy and no Finnish people would go here just as a normal dinner. However, the quality of food is great and flavours wonderful. Basically it does give you a taste of the north nordics and it does so very...well. Highly recommend the shared starter platter to get a full range of flavours.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 February 2024 via mobile

The criticisms of this restaurant made me hesitate, but I’m glad to say they are unfounded. The interior is cosy (not touristy), staff friendly, and after eating in a few Michelin starred restaurants in Helsinki the prices here were a relief, while the quality of...food held up well too. Yes, tourists eat here, but the ratio between tourists and locals was the same as everywhere else we ate and visited (saunas included). If you’re looking for a relaxed meal with good reindeer options at half the price of Gron etc. this is a great option.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 29 January 2024 via mobile

We have been here tonight (29/1) and the whole place feels like a big tourist trap. The interior looks good, some say typical Lappish, it could well be a bar in Austria. The girls serving are really friendly, nothing bad about that, but when outside...within 55 minutes, spending € 132,- for 2 beers, 2 starters, 2 mains and a dessert, is way overpriced and not worth to go here at all. Then - on top of that we have had better food (reindeer) as well in Helsinki where we enjoyed a full evening out, instead of literally being asked after the dessert “shall I bring you the bill”… Apart from that - the reindeer carpaccio was served very cold, it came within 5 min after we ordered, so probably ready in the fridge. According to the waitress it should be served that cold, but we tasted nothing until we left it standing and getting a bit on room temperature. The main course was ok - had reindeer shank - the meat was a bit tasteless, we had reindeer at Kuu restaurant and tasted so much better. The dessert was ok, nothing special, but for € 12,- a bit overpriced. When we got the bill we initially didn’t notice, but then we saw they charged us € 1,- pp for still water, we have never been charged for that in Helsinki and seen a lot of other restaurants. Upon asking the men (manager…?!) behind the bar - he had some explanation and according to him it is normal in Helsinki…anyway - then at least you should add the price upon asking your guests if they like still or sparkling water. We also spoke to him about the fact that we didn’t like the carpaccio that cold and at that time he literally said - “luckily there are a lot more restaurants in Helsinki to go to”. In that case - my advise to anyone considering to go to Lappi - pick another restaurant where you can spend an evening enjoying good food, good atmosphere and good service.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 29 January 2024

I have been in this typical restaurant for a solo dinner, at the end of january 2024. I had no reservations, but there was place for me so i did it. the waitress was very kind and smiling, and very helpful in explaining me the...composition of the dishes. I tried sauteed reindeer. It was a bit tasteless (i thought reindeer meat was more tasty), and a bit expensive, but i think in line with Helsinki prices. I general terms it has been a good experience. the restaurant is quite hard to find, because of the low lights inside and a not-so-good illuminated sign.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 6 December 2023

A great Finnish experience! A good selection of food for all courses! Perhaps could do with some descriptions for the cheese desserts :P

Date of visit: December 2023
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Yes they served a Bear stew when we were there, best to check the menu though because it does chat.
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  • Value: 3.5
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