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While I found the city of Tampere to be somewhat of a dud, I would certainly recommend visiting Dining 26 - even if you should travel from Helsinki and back. This place is certainly worth the trip!
I had planned to visit Dining 26, while...in Tampere. I had forgotten to book, but managed to get a table for one on a Saturday night. Lucky me. This place made me smile for days to come. The room is spacious and well aligned with the Mediterranean style of the kitchen. The open kitchen is an added bonus that makes it possible to follow the busy, but calm chefs prepping your dishes. And the food is great, just simply great and smile-promoting! I had the dining menu, which set me back 86 € including the wine menu. A true bargain! The Djaj Bil Bahar Pita bread in nothing less than extraordinary! While I certainly enjoyed both the Burrata and aubergine dish and the asparagus and labneh, the pike perch and mojo verde made my day! I literally laughed out loud of excitement! Such a splendid, simple, but well balanced dish. Wow! It could continue...not a single dish was disappointing.
If you should ever find yourself in or just somewhat near Tampere, I highly recommend that you book a table and visit this place! Feel free to leave the town as soon as you leave the premises :)More
We were tasting "dining menu", it consisted of small servings, first was iraq pita bread and soft cheese, looked nice but taste was simple and not balanced, basically basilik, milky flavour and some very strong spice in pita(cinnamon?). The next one was kuha and aubergine,...this was really delicious. The next was entrecotte with hummus, meat was really tasty and well cooked, but spices were controversial, some of us liked it and some not. The dessert was interesting, but too sweat in our opinion, because of caramel. We also took wine packet, and this was great in combination with food. So, worth trying, but next time we would take only kuha, aubergine and wine :-)More
Dinner with friends on a weekend night. Atmosphere of the restaurant was really warm and welcoming with an open kitchen, darkish lighting and ”stone” walls.
We were quickly served with drinks and provided with the menus. We knew this is a place where you are...recommended to share the dishes but after eating we thought that there is no need to emphasize that. Dishes are so small that there is not much point in sharing them. Almost all main ingredients were delicious, but strange garnishing. King prawns were a disappointment, they were mixed in a tasteless gummy sauce. Patatas bravas and the Lebanese bread were excellent. Steamed salmon with fennel deserves a special mentioning also. It took a long time to get the bill. It was quite a large one, 10€ per dish seemed to us a bit on the high side.More
We came to Tampere on a Saturday afternoon and unfortunately most of the restaurants were fully booked or had long queues waiting. We went to Dining 26 and asked, the very friendly waiter asked us to return after 7pm and he would have a better...idea! We were glad we did, and they created a table for us at the corner, and we had a very nice meal. The wait staff (two of them) were very friendly, knowledgeable and speaks perfect English. We opted for our own selection instead of the tasting menu, and most of the dishes were wonderful and my wife selected a bottle of Israeli Pinot Noir (Yarden), which was extremely delicious. A very nice restaurant but not very Nordic.More
Initially we thought to have dinner in a more relaxed atmosphere, a bistro or pizzeria perhaps, but ultimately Dining 26 tempted too much. They serve smaller portions (warms and colds) to share, 10 euros each, menus made of those, and they do have few main...courses as well.
We opted to have two smaller portions to share for starters and main courses. We had lamb sausages and seabass as starters in a north african style. Very nice, both of them. As main courses my girlfriend had romanesco, almond and labnesh and I had flank steak with pear and garlic. We also shared a portion of patatas bravas.
The food was excellent in every way. Wine recommendations seemed to work, cocktails were nice and beer list was short but well thought.
Service was relaxed and timely. As a conclusion the price-quality ratio was brilliant. You get a flank steak with same price from an S-group diner, but I can guarantee that you are happier after dining at Dining 26.More
A very pleasant surprise! Even if for myself the tapas culture is well known the concept of Dining26 was brought to an other level.
Interesting choice of both warm and cold plates and side dishes in the menu invited us to try innovative and very...tasty plates.
We were afraid that at some point there would be a disappointment as it is challenging to keep a high level throughout the dinner, however, the menu kept it promises.
Difficult to say which of the plates was my own favorite....if I really need to choose one, or two, I might go for Duck rillette or maybe Beef cheek.
Plates are meant to be shared and it is a well working concept.
Regarding the environment it is very nice and warm, suitable for a romantic meal or a nice get together with friends or colleagues.
Definitely a restaurant to recommend!More