Restaurant KuuKuu: Friendly corner restaurant
Text: Mari Koskinen | Photos © Restaurant Kuukuu
KuuKuu is a cosy restaurant with an inviting ambiance in Töölö, in the heart of Helsinki, just about a ten-minute walk from the Helsinki railway station. It is famous among both locals and visitors wanting to get a bite of either traditional Finnish flavours or modern Nordic dishes at a reasonable price.
KuuKuu has been open since 1990 and celebrates its 30th anniversary next year. The restaurant caters for up to 80 guests, including the bar and the private dining rooms. The cosy street-side terrace provides seating for another 50 guests in the summer.
The restaurant is open seven days a week. They serve lunch from Monday to Friday and an à la carte menu is available all day. “We offer classic Finnish dishes as well as modern Scandinavian cuisine. We use lots of local, high-quality ingredients and also organic produce in our food. Our wine list offers a good selection of our own imported wines to complement our dishes,” says CEO Anders Löfman.
“KuuKuu belongs to a family-owned company that concentrates on long-term goals rather than quarterly figures,” he continues. “I have been with the company for four years now, and I appreciate their approach and responsible business strategy.” The same company also runs other restaurants in Helsinki, as well as a hotel and a wine import business.
The à la carte menu is updated five times a year, and about half of the dishes change every time. The old classics stay on the menu for longer, while the modern Nordic dishes change more often. “The four seasons are well represented on our menu. The upcoming autumn season brings, for example, game food to the menu, and also the famous Finnish berries. A great example of this is roasted duck with buckwheat and black currant sauce.”
While Kuukuu is famous for its classic dishes, it also keeps up to date with modern dietary wishes. “We also have vegetarian options and one of our set menus is always suitable for vegans,” promises Löfman.
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