Liquorice, horseradish and parsley root, Spis, Helsinki

Spis, Helsinki, dinner

Menu from a tasting dinner at Nordic restaurant Spis in Helsinki, Finland, with wines to match (Read my post on why Helsinki’s restaurant scene is at its hottest right now here):


House salad

Potato and fennel

Leek and thyme

Barley and cabbage

Tomato and knäckebröd


Amuse Bouche



The Long Tasting Menu

Liquorice, horseradish and parsley root

Tokaj Friulano 2007, Alec Klinec, Slovenia

The summer soup as a salad

Blanc de Noir 2012, Shelter Winery, Baden, Germany

Onion and garden sorrel

Opale 2012, Eric Texier, Rhone, France

Black trumpet mushroom, chard and scrambled eggs

Akmenine 2009, Sebastien Riffault, Loire, France

Cucumber sorbet and juniper berry

Cod with broccoli, fennel, mashed potato and tomato juice

Spätburgunder Rosenberg 2009, Becker&Landgraf, Rheinhessen, Germany.

Kanelbulle with Korvapuusti (the Cinnamon Bun)

Chocolate and porcini

Brachetto d’Acqui 2012, Braida, Piedmont, Italy


Coffee Candies


Strawberry doughnut

Beetroot marsmallow

Qin Xie

Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef.

When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN.

Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014.

According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.

1 Comment

  1. […] of Nordic chefs are certainly trying to change the traditional perceptions of what Finnish food is. Restaurant Spis, for example, served as a very good introduction of Finnish cuisine, reinvented and […]

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