The Best Asian Restaurants in Helsinki
Craving for Asian food? We've put together a guide to the best places in Helsinki for dumplings, pho soup, dandan noodles and more.
Whether you're after an all night izakaya dinner or just looking for a quick bite to eat, this list of the best Asian restaurants in Helsinki has got you covered. From the fiery Sichuan dishes at Mei Lin to the comforting Pho soup at No5 coffee, and the fun and authentic Japanese experience at Sake Bar & Izakaya, each of these places offers an unforgettable culinary experience. Every pick on this list is based on personal recommendations from top local chefs and food writers, such as Tom Hansen, Kenneth Nars and Kim Mikkola. Whether you're a local or just in town for the weekend, this guide is sure to help you settle your cravings and find the best Asian food in Helsinki.
Mei Lin Sichuan Restaurant offers a selection of authentic Sichuanese dishes, including dumplings and hot pots. The small, clean set-up caters to approximately 20 customers, providing a cozy and intimate dining experience. Recommended dishes to try include the pork intestine noodles with chili peppers, dumplings in chili oil and Sichuan peppers, crispy duck with pancakes, and beef noodle soup.
Great authentic taste. True value for money. Ask for recommendations. Small clean setup for approximately 20 customers.
Hills Dumplings is a casual Asian eatery that specializes in crafting delicious dumplings and cocktails. Patrons highly recommend their made-to-order dumplings and fried chicken, and appreciate the cool vibes and good music. With a wide array of drinks, this spot is popular among the younger crowd.
Good dumplings, bao baos and more. Baked or fried, from vegetarian to beef and chicken. A very nice and vibrant amtosphere.
No5 Coffee is a family-run restaurant specializing in authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Their menu features a variety of dishes, but they are particularly known for their Pho soup. This classic Vietnamese noodle soup, made with premium ingredients and a broth that's simmered overnight, is served with a side of mung bean sprouts and various herbs, offering a refreshing and comforting culinary experience.
No5 Coffee serves The Best Pho soup in town, hands down. The classic beef pho is spot on: thinly shaved beef, fresh cut onion, a clean and soothing broth. Aromatic, but not overpowered by star anise and cinnamon and served with a plate of simple condiments: lime wedge, fresh chili, coriander and bean sprouts. Both refreshing and comforting, this soup will lift your spirits.
Boon Nam is a Thai restaurant that offers innovative dishes with a European twist, created by the productive chef Tomi Björck. While it might not be a destination for haute cuisine or wine enthusiasts, it is a highly recommended spot for Thai and Asian food lovers. Note that prices are a bit higher than most comparable Thai establishments.
The best Thai cuisine in Helsinki. Created by the productive chef Tomi Björck who has been behind many Asian fusion restaurants in Helsinki and Stockholm, such as Farang and Gaijin. Pretty innovative Thai dishes with a little twist towards European taste. Not haute cuisine nor a place for wine enthusiasts but recommended for Thai and Asia fans. Expensive compared to most comparable Thai institutions.
Noodle Master is a hotspot for authentic Chinese street food featuring hand-pulled noodles and dumplings. The restaurant is renowned for its fresh, daily-made wheat noodles, particularly the hot and spicy dan dan noodles, balanced with chili oil and Sichuan pepper. Not to be missed are the Shanghai noodles with shrimps and spring onion oil, and the sweet, marinated radish, all serving to provide a genuine Chinese street food experience.
Hand-pulled noodles made by awarded Chinese chefHand-pulled wheat noodles made fresh every day and served in a small, crowded space. The dan dan noodles are - rightfully - most popular. Hot and spicy, with loads of chili oil and Sichuan pepper, but still very balanced. Shanghai noodles with shrimps and spring onion oil are also great. And don’t miss out on the sweet, marinated radish.
Karppi Ravintola is a vibrant Asian fusion restaurant, offering innovative combinations of Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese cuisines. The restaurant's name and philosophy are inspired by the Vietnamese tradition of the carp, symbolizing sacrifice, perseverance, and the pursuit of dreams. With a strong belief that the kitchen is a platform for spoken artistry, Karppi Ravintola ensures each dish is a testament to this ethos, making it a must-visit for lovers of Asian cuisine.
Sake Bar & Izakaya is a cozy, small bar that offers artisanal sake and casual Japanese izakaya-style food. The menu includes shareable snacks and small plates, designed to pair well with alcoholic drinks, especially sake, and it changes frequently according to the season. Recommended by customers for its authentic izakaya ambiance, the restaurant is also known for its creative dishes like udon noodle carbonara, which use local ingredients to give a twist to traditional Japanese flavors.
Beautiful little spot that has a proper izakaya feel and the food is delicious -Japanese flavours using a lot of local ingredients and nice twists (udon noodle carbonara). They serve it as a tasting menu but you can also drop in to have a few bar snacks and great sake. Ben and Minori are super talented and have created a really cozy place, exactly what an izakaya should be like.
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