Three reasons to visit restaurant Kuu
Jana Bobkova April 3, 2016

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.

 

Kuu was established in 1966 and will turn 50 this spring. Photo: Jana Bobkova
Kuu was established in 1966 and will turn 50 this spring. Photo: Jana Bobkova

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.

Asta Nurmilaukas, the owner of the restaurant, welcomed the birthday guests. Photo: Jana Bobkova
Asta Nurmilaukas, the owner of the restaurant, welcomed the birthday guests. Photo: Jana Bobkova

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.

Local regulars and clients from all over the world. Photo: Jana Bobkova
Local regulars and clients from all over the world. Photo: Jana Bobkova

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.

White chocolate crème and raspberry sorbet = a match made in heaven. Photo: Jana Bobkova
White chocolate crème and raspberry sorbet = a match made in heaven. Photo: Jana Bobkova

I was happy to hear that the restaurant values the environment and therefore purchases seasonal ingredients from local producers.

Pike perch ceviche with poached pike perch and cauliflower crème was served as a starter. Photo: Jana Bobkova
Pike perch ceviche with poached pike perch and cauliflower crème were served as a starter. Photo: Jana Bobkova
Organic Charolais beef brisket from Bosgård farm. Photo: Jana Bobkova
Organic Charolais beef brisket from Bosgård farm. Photo: Jana Bobkova
Local farmhouse cheese with fig jam. Photo: Jana Bobkova
Local farmhouse cheese with fig jam. Photo: Jana Bobkova

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!

Kuu serves instagrammable dishes. The original logo of the restaurant was found in the archives of Hotel and Restaurant Museum. Photo: Jana Bobkova
Kuu serves instagrammable dishes. The original logo of the restaurant was found in the archives of Hotel and Restaurant Museum. Photo: Jana Bobkova

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/