I was invited to celebrate restaurant Kuu’s 50th birthday. The birthday guests got to enjoy a special four-course anniversary meal. There are plenty of reasons to visit the 50-year-old Kuu (“Moon” in English) and in this post I will introduce three of them.
Central location in Töölö district
The restaurant is located close to the city centre in the peaceful district of Töölö. You can easily reach the restaurant on foot. I recommend taking the scenic route along Töölö bay where you can enjoy the urban nature of Helsinki. On the way you will pass the National Museum and the Sibelius Monument is not far either. Kuu is the perfect choice for dinner if you’re enjoying a concert in the National Opera, Finlandia Hall or the Music Centre – they all are located only a short walk from the restaurant. If you’re already tired of walking, catch tram 2 and get off at “Töölöntori” tram stop – Kuu is right next to the tram stop.
Not only the location but also the opening hours are convenient as Kuu is open also on Sundays.
Casual and cosy atmosphere
Although the food is exceptional the atmosphere is not stiff or pretentious at all. The interior is cosy and relaxed and the staff will make you feel welcomed. The restaurant is long established with a modern twist. Even on a Tuesday evening the restaurant was filled with clients from all over the world, and I heard that many of the local clients are second or third generation regulars.
Exceptional and delicious food
The birthday menu I got enjoy was top class and the ingredients were fresh and of high quality. The highlight of the dinner was the dessert which I loved to the Moon and back. White chocolate crème and raspberry sorbet were a match made in heaven.
I was happy to hear that the restaurant values the environment and therefore purchases seasonal ingredients from local producers.
The restaurant always has a vegetarian option on its menu as well. The dishes can also be modified according to dietary restrictions. Chef Lukas Hemnell promised that nobody has to leave the restaurant hungry!
Traditional dishes from the restaurant’s original menu, such as salmon soup and fried liver, are still served today and are among the favourites. Kuu is also specialized in wines and the wine list is extensive. We got to enjoy wines that were perfectly paired with the dishes throughout the dinner.
Delicious food, relaxed atmosphere and good company – sounds like a perfect birthday party to me!
Kuu, Töölönkatu 27, http://www.ravintolakuu.fi/en/