A favourite hideaway for locals is E. Ekblom, situated in the middle of the riverside milieu in a charming, pastel-coloured stone building. The classically stylish restaurant looks outwardly appealing and upon entering the enchantingly lit lobby, your expectations are happily fulfilled. The restaurant premises extend downstairs, greeting you with an equally alluring wine cellar ambiance.
The menu features bistro-style, international cuisine, and the wine list is easily its equal. When deciding what to eat, try the Jannen Kattila menu, it’s the kitchen’s showpiece. The menu changes every Tuesday and includes the best seasonal flavours.
Even as recently as the start of the millennium, Kakola was not a place you wanted to visit – other than to pass the time! Now, Finland’s most notorious prison facility has released a restaurant, Kakolanruusu, masterminded by the same gang responsible for restaurant Kaskis, including master chef Erik Mansikka.
The food will not be passed through the bars of a cell, but pulled from the open fire. Grilled delicacies are a speciality of the restaurant. The Kakola Feast is a cross-section of the best flavours from the kitchen. The portions are served for the table to share, allowing all to taste a little of everything.
As well as the á la carte menu, the small delights served at the cocktail bar come highly recommended, should you get hungry whilst enjoying a drink.
Lodging in the Governor’s Magazine is the two-story restaurant Roster. Adorning the wall is a handsomely lit skull reminding everyone not to take life too seriously. The kitchen adopts the same philosophy.
Kari Aihinen and his team want the menu to reflect both their attitude and the positive atmosphere, stripping away the formalities of fine dining. Start the evening with cocktails on the velvet couches downstairs, before moving to indulge in a delicious meal in the dining salon.
Peeking through the street-level windows, you’d never guess what treasures lie below the surface. In the relaxed atmosphere of Smör’s stone-vaulted cellar, the experienced staff take you on a voyage of taste sensations, with a menu regularly updated with amazing flavour combinations. Scandinavian, surprising and above all delicious.
Smör takes great care in the sourcing of ingredients and offers great advice on how to pair the perfect wine for your meal. Also, the charming staff and excellent service leave a lasting impression.
Kaskis is the superstar of Turku’s culinary scene, a remarkable cordon bleu quality restaurant that is, at the same time, wonderfully uncomplicated. Choose between the four, five or six-course tasting menus – no more and no less. Each plate paints a seasonal picture with natural tastes in every bite. All has been considered, to the smallest of details.
Everything about the small, informal restaurant is carried out with a professional touch and a big heart, from the kitchen to the front door, all under the expert care of Erik Mansikka, Topi Pekkanen and Simo Raisio. Gleaming at the entrance to Kaskis are both of Turku’s two Michelin stars. Be sure to book your table in advance.