Tuesday, 6 September 2011

From Gaijin to Amicus Apple

My last week in Helsinki was all but relaxed. I still managed to see everyone, pack my stuff and have a fancy meal with my family before returning to Aberdeen. I had been wanting to go to this new North Asian cross kitchen restaurant Gaijin on Bulevardi in Helsinki.


For starter I had a Mussel with Soya Mirin Dressing, Gari Ginger and Fish Roe and a Pork and Prawn Dim Sum. Everything was presented in such a lovely way and was very delicious, especially the dim sum that was served with two different dressings and fish roe to finish.


For mains we ordered a few dishes for everyone to share. We had Yakitori Chicken Skewers, which were without a doubt the tastiest bit of the dinner.


The Beef Tataki with Sesame Dressing was also very good. Something I definitely need to try at home is Steamed Kai-Lan Cabbage with a Cold Sesame Dressing, which was actually very similar to the sesame salad dressing I have been making. We also had scallops with a curious chimichurri like dressing and dried tuna flakes, wasn't the biggest fan of that.


We finished off the meal with some umeshu - Japanese plum liquor. All together it was a good experience, although for the price level you would that they would go the extra mile for everything.

When getting back to Aberdeen, me and the Boyfriend went to try Amicus Apple - a cocktail restaurant on Langstane Place. I must admit that I am not a big fan cocktails so I never even had one, we were concentrating for the food. We had Beer Battered Prawns with Sweet Chilli Sauce and Salt and Pepper Squid with Chilli and Cucumber Dip. For mains we both had Fillet Steak Medallions. The Boyfriend had Chunky Chips and Peppercorn Sauce with his, while I had Root Vegetable Dauphinoise, Baby Leeks and Mushroom Jus. The steaks were cooked to perfection, but the sides were a bit too average. The price level is just perfect since all the mains are less than £16. Will definitely visit again for some Friday night drinks and dinner.

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