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“Best restaurant on Saariselkä area”
Review of Laanilan kievari

Laanilan kievari
Ranked #1 of 20 Restaurants in Saariselka
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$72
Cuisines: European, Scandinavian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: It’s not about filling our stomachs but eating and enjoying pure and fresh ingredients together. That’s the philosophy here at Laanilan Kievari. The food is of course playing an essential role in that. A lot of our ingredients have been harvested from our own yard or the local forests. It is very important for us to produce as much as we can ourselves. Our food is supported by a large range of beverages from quality wines to wast selection of beers. More and more people are not realizing what and even when they are eating. We want people to stop and enjoy their life. A well thought and produced meal in a care free environment is the key to that. So welcome to Laanilan Kievari, an experience to remember! From the early May to late August we serve lunch daily and dinner only with a table reservation. Check web page for more info.
Ivalo, Finland
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best restaurant on Saariselkä area”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

I visited this restaurant first time with an italian travel agent last winter and the way the host was introducing his property was great and since that I have suggested this restaurant to hundreds of customers visiting Saariselkä. I have been there myself also many times with family and friends and every time the food has been excellent. I was skiing there several times also and it´s only 30 minutes from Saariselkä resort with skis. The daily soup they serve is really good and the bread is home made. Also brunch which is served on Sundays during winter season is really tasty and has lappish specialities from reindeer and other game and local fish.

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank 924AnneTe
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Indonesia
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

Having read such great reviews of this restaurant, we decided to drive 2 hours from our hotel in Luosto just to try it out. We got there at lunchtime and unfortunately they only have a soup menu (which is great by the way) at lunch and we can not order from the a la carte menu.

Hearing how much we wanted to try their steaks and that we came from half way around the world, the owners and chef kindly decided they will cook for us anyway! And it was one of the best meals we ever had, definitely worth the 2 hours drive.

We were shown around the property after the meal, very lovely indeed and wonderful service. Thanks so much, definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Lapland.

  • Visited November 2013
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4 Thank eurekay
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Monterrey, Mexico
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Outstanding Reindeer”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

This is a family restaurant run with a lot of passion, the owners are a young couple, that really makes you feel comfortable, and the Chef who is the guy's mother. It is a relative new place, a little more than a year old, and had win the first place of tripadvisor without any marketing, just great cook. It is difficult to find the restaurant, if you don't speak suomi, we tried 3 different roads with our rent car, but the time expend worth it. We tried the main reindeer plate that is tenderloin rye breaded, marinate with butter and a secret mom recipe made with some local bird broth, great taste and very soft meat, pairing with a italian toscana red wine. Also tried reindeer calf, cooked for several hours that melted meat in your mouth. The dessert were this cloudberry pancakes that had a balance sweet and bitter. We really recommend this place: *****

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank REYGUS10
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Vantaa, Finland
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Country restaurant 3 km from Saariselkä centre”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

We visited here twice during our stay in Saariselkä.

First was with skis and we enjoyed buffet lunch.
Second time we walked from the village for dinner. There is an illuminated walking route through holiday cottage area, only the last few hundred meters own flash light is needed.

We ordered artic char carpaccio for starter and black grouse for main course.
Both were excellent. Price is quite high but considering food quality and rare material it is reasonable.

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank Otso-on-travel
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Twickenham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
277 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Highlight of our trip!!!”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Before our trip we had been warned that one doesn't go to Finland for the food! Heavy on game, light on fresh veg, we were made to expect, wholesome, filling but unexciting food. Our first few meals in hotel restaurants bore this out. We decided to check trusty old Tripadvisor to see if there might be any exceptions to the rule. This place was rated number one out of just a few independents so we booked and hoped for the best…..Let's just say that our expectations were wildly exceeded. Only a year old it was a bit slow early on a Monday night, but that just meant we had more time to speak to the lovely guy who runs the front of house with his fiancé. Mom is in the kitchen and boy can she cook. The food was so nuanced and had such lovely flavour combinations that it would have been worth traveling all this way just to eat there. It is traditional Finnish food, but cooked and served with love and flair! I was certain that I was not going to try reindeer whilst I was here, but I knew straight away that if I was going to try it anywhere this would be the place. I had the filet cooked in a rye batter and served with lingonberry jam and a garlic game sauce. It was out of this world. Also highly recommend the winter salad and arctic char carpaccio. The owners try to keep ingredients local and forage or grow what they can themselves. Atmosphere is cozy and homely and so very welcoming. This meal almost made me not mind not getting to see the Northern Lights….almost! Do yourself a favour…..go…..

  • Visited March 2014
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3 Thank go4geisha007
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