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“Traditional restaurant with lots of locals”
Review of Kolme Kruunua

Kolme Kruunua
Ranked #47 of 1,774 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 20 - USD 40
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Vironniemi
Description: The story of Kolme Kruunua ('three crowns') began in 1952, when restaurateur Irja Örn (1910-1992) together with her husband decided to renovate their café and bar Liisan Baari and turn it into a restaurant. Many still feel that the restaurant serves the very best meatballs, "Pyttipannu" ('hash') and fried Baltic herrings in the city. The well-preserved interior of Kolme Kruunua was designed by artist Emil Ruokolainen (1895-1968), who was a renowned decorative painter in his time. His artwork can be found, for instance, in several Finnish schools and churches. In the restaurant, his craftsmanship can especially be seen in the beautifully polished mirror hanging on the back wall. The glass paintings decorating the windows of Kolme Kruunua were designed and painted by artist Fritz Hilbert (1898-1981), who later became the artistic director of the S. Wuorio decorative painting company. Kolme Kruunua is one of the few restaurants in Helsinki where the demographic of the customers ranges from twentysomethings to over 80-year-olds. Some of the elder customers who remember their fathers spending time at the restaurant, now, in their twilight years, enjoy the atmosphere of the place themselves. In mid-1990s, the old wine bar was replaced with a bar counter, but otherwise the original interior with its wood paneling, old lamps, glass paintings and glass decorations has been preserved. Source: Järvinen, I. & J. Tolvanen. 1999. Saunasta Savoyhin - Sisätilojen Helsinkiä. Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Tammi.
Reviewed 13 October 2017

It is located in secluded place so fortunately not loaded with tourist. Reindeer stew, meatballs, salmon soup, black bread and all that dishes are on the menu. If you need the real Finnish taste, do not hesitate to have a dinner there.

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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

The histocal restaurant is just near the city center. We took tram 9 from city center, then walked apprx. 8-10minutes. The restaurant is located in a residential area.
Not much tourists around luckily. The dishes were very good. We had salmon soup( perfect) and tomato soup (average) as starter. Then weiner schnitzel (average) and reindeer tenderloin( excellent) along with one draft beer and one glass of wine, we paid 88,60Euros. The prices are reasonable compared to Helsinki's high prices.
The waitresses were perfect.
If you visit Helsinki, definitely go spend sometime and dine there. Reservation before hand would be better.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Atmosphere is wonderful, so do the traditional Finnish tastes. Deer meat is well cooked and the blueberry pie is the best!

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Helsinki is expensive, especially if you eat at some of the trendy restaurants in the main tourist areas. There is nothing trendy about Kolme Kruuna, in fact when you first enter the restaurant you may be tempted to turn around as it looks like the decor hasn't been revised in 30 - 40 years. But as they say, you don't eat the decor. The night we went, the restaurant was packed with what appeared to be a lot of locals. As many people have mentioned, they offer authentic Finnish cuisine. We started with a nice fresh salad which we split. My wife had the Reindeer on mashed potatoes and I had the duck and "risotto". The Reindeer and duck were very good, but the risotto was definitely a miss, as it could best be described as gooey, creamy rice. They would be better off to serve it with something more Finnish. Notwithstanding the risotto, they offer very good food at a very reasonable price.

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Thank exgeo
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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Came into this restaurant after reading some very good reviews. And to assure its dinners they also had the sticker of approval from trip advisor few years ago. Firstly the salmon soup was an excellent starter. The cream was not over powering and the subtle flavours were what was expected from a traditional dish. How ever the Reindeer which is the most pricey option on the menu has all the flavours but the portions are that of two finely cut slivers of meat. Two plates costing over €60 should have enough meat. Rather disappointed and not what I expected. It was more of a tourist restaurant that offered portions for customers that came into the city once and never again. Too bad for regular visitors. Not value for money as it's portions (main course) are for those who might stop else where to eat something else after few hours.

Thank sidath d
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