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“Once again - Ivanas sword”
Review of Saslik

Ranked #72 of 1,523 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$29 - US$116
Cuisines: Russian
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Tampere, Finland
Level 6 Contributor
60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Once again - Ivanas sword”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

Nice cosy atmosphere for food lovers. I have been eating here about 10 years but still mood for doing it again. Totally different than other restaurants in Helsinki. Price level is about 120 eur /pers if you take menu incl. wines. Does not actually differ other places. There is more expensive in Helsinki, different to other - you don ´t feel like going thru McDonald's on the way back to hotel.

And recommendation - Taste Ivans Sword

  • Visited September 2013
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Gothenburg, Sweden
Level 6 Contributor
159 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Very nice russian restaurant”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

We always have dinner at Saslik restaurant when we visit Helsinki. The interior is very nice and very russian. Food is lovely, amazing! Only bad thing is the prices, it´s not cheap!

Visited October 2013
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Helsinki, Finland
Level 5 Contributor
37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Classic late night business meeting restaurant in Helsinki”
Reviewed 13 October 2013

Saslik is one of the old classics of Helsinki. This is a place where diplomats, high-ranking business people and politicians have had meetings since the early 70s. The restaurant is best suited for long late night dinners. We recently spent over four hours just going through a three-course menu and we had excellent time. It was Saturday evening and there were live music in the restaurant and overall very unique atmosphere.

Although you should prepare to the fact that a standard menu with wines can easily become almost 100 euros per person. The plus side for the high price is that the atmosphere, waiters and quality of the food is very high.

I can understand why many late night business meetings are held here. The place has a very intimate feeling and you can also reserve a cabinet if you want absolute privacy.

Special tip: The starter collection Zakuska is one definitely worth a try since it covers a wide variety of different Russian food. It is pretty expensive starter, but it is a great experience since it is served in tapas style for the whole table.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Perttu T
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Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Bring lots of €€ for bear meat...”
Reviewed 8 October 2013 via mobile

We went specially to eat bear! We had chicken, bear fillet, and bear paw stew. It's a good experience but pricey. 3 main courses for €255. Well, bear meat is exortic and exorbitant. Bear paw is stewed, soft and fatty. The bones of the bear paw are presented, and we took as souvenirs. The waiters are not very friendly and don't speak very good english. This is not peak season and we walked in without reservations.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank bakupaku
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Westmount, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2013 via mobile

We noticed this restaurant while taking a walk and decided to have supper there to eat something different. We found the old type russian decor really cool. The staff was very polite and dynamic. We did not order bear meat (looks,like a specialty) but did order the borsch ( small bowl) served with a pastry filled with cabbage. I ordered the blini and although very different from what I expected, found it excellent. All main meals are served on a hot plates with a variety of small bowls holding various items such as sweet onion, braised fennel, sauerkraut, tadziki.... Very pricey but great overall.

Visited September 2013
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