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“Wonderful traditional Finnish fare”
Review of Kolme Kruunua

Kolme Kruunua
Ranked #47 of 1,776 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 3 March 2018

Kolme is a family run restuarant that has been in the neighbourhood for many decades and the large numbers of "locals" eating here pays testerment to the quality and consistency of the menu.
On a busy Friday night, we turned up without a reservation and were lucky to secure a table, so best advice is to book. The tables do turn over reasonably quickly, although it was always fairly full on the very cold early spring evening we visited.
Chose the traditional meatballs which were accompanied by mashed potatoes, beetroot and pickles, and a thick tasty gravy. For euro 2 extra there was a good sized serving of assorted vegetables. The second dish was reindeer strips which were grilled and again accompanies by mash pickles and loginberries. Haven't tried reindeer before and it has a very subtle taste unlike anything we have tried before.
The wine list is moderate but adequate, good range of beers and spirits.
The decore is old world and suits the place perfectly.
Friendly helpful waitstaff rounded out a great evening...probably come back here again during our 4 day stay in Helsinki

Thank Bruce M
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

We went to this restaurant on a Saturday evening at 20.30 pm (we had booked our table earlier in the afternoon), it was full but we service was still very quick.
We opted for the Kolme Kruunua menu (39 euros) which includes a starter (salmon soup served with bread and butter), a main dish (reindeer sauté with mashed potatoes, pickles and berry) and a dessert (blueberry pie).
The meal was simple but delicious. It is a little exppensive but worth the price, we were glad to be able to taste some 'common' Finnish dishes.
No worries if you don't talk Finnish, they understand English perfectly.

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Thank aurore_les
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

We had a reservation for 4 people on Saturday evening. The restaurant was already full in early evening.
Very basic and simple but delicious food.

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Thank JaakkoKa67
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Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

Three of us dined here on Friday night, 8th December at 9pm. From Ireland, we booked by email a couple of weeks beforehand. We arrived to find the place packed to capacity, with what was obviously a company Christmas Party. This of course is their right, but it was extremely noisy, and completely destroyed our conversation and enjoyment of our meal. Quite honestly we couldn’t wait to finish up and get out of the place. If we had been told this party had been planned for that night, we’d have avoided going there. It would have been possible as we were going to be in Helsinki for 3 nights and could have chosen an alternative night. We opted to only have main courses - not even a coffee afterwards. The food was fine, but definitely our experience was marred by the noise.
A tip to the owners - if there’s a party planned please advise other diners at time of booking that this is the case, so they at least will have the choice of either accepting that fact or choosing an alternative date.
Thank you for reading this review.

Thank Catherine L
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Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

We visited this small restaurant on our first night in Helsinki. There was a very loud function underway when we arrived but we were seated at a small table towards the back of the room. The food was tasty - nothing too fancy but little to complain about at the same time. The grilled chicken was excellent. The lamb stew also looked good. We would have stayed for coffee but the volume of the party was slightly off putting. This wasn’t the restaurants fault of course. Everyone is entitled to have fun and if we spoke Finnish and could understand the stand up comedian who was performing then I’m sure we would have really enjoyed it! Perhaps we are more used to experiencing the relatively quiet side of Helsinki!

Thank beaker1977
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