Restaurant Aino is excellently located in central Helsinki by the lovely Esplanade Park and shopping street as well as the buzzing market square at the harbour. The restaurant has been a proud advocate for traditional Finnish food and produce and it has turned out to be a great success with foreigners in search of authentic Finnish dining experiences as well as Finns reacquainting themselves with some old favourites.
The menu consists of several traditional Finnish dishes, but the main emphasis is on modern cooking which utilises the best fresh ingredients available in Finland, including freshwater fish, reindeer, game, root vegetables, mushrooms and berries. Alongside these pure, unadulterated flavours, the restaurant can offer you the perfect wine or beer as accompaniment. The wine list was put together by Essi Avellan, who is Finland's first Master of Wine, while the beers come from small, local breweries, and include in the autumn even Restaurant Aino's own brand of beer
The restaurant is divided into two floors, with an atmospheric brick cellar that includes small cabinets for private meetings, and the floor level restaurant area that is a bit livelier. The restaurant can accommodate up to 100 people, while the outdoor terrace has room for around 50 customers in the summer time.
Aino is open on Sunday 19.5. from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and evening is closed because of private event.