Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 5pm, Shelter is quickly becoming a favourite place to go among locals in Helsinki’s Katajanokka, a few hundred metres from the main Senate Square. From reindeer to vegetarian dishes, the emphasis at Shelter is on offering locally produced ingredients where possible. The restaurant’s speciality is the three or five-course surprise menu that changes every few weeks and offers the best seasonal produce. “I’d describe our menu as modern Nordic cuisine with influences from all over the world, served with a relaxed vibe,” says Teemu Laurell, co-owner and head chef at Shelter. The restaurant’s trendy and cosy interior adds to the relaxed feel, with diners enjoying beautiful views of the Finnish archipelago a few steps away.
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