The trend in Helsinki now calls for independently owned, chef-run bistros.
Many of these restaurants are quite small, so a reservation is recommended.
Chef & Sommelier (Huvilakatu 28, www.chefetsommelier.fi) gained its Michelin star this year.
The tiny restaurant uses local organic and wild ingredients, many of which they have grown or picked themselves.
Kuurna (Meritullinkatu 6, www.kuurna.fi) serves well-made food without gimmicks.
Every two weeks, there is a new menu with 3 starters and 3 main courses.
The décor emphasizes the no-nonsense idea.
This nice bistro is highly recommended.
Muru (Fredrikinkatu 41, www.murudining.fi) is a tiny restaurant owned by Finnish celebrity chefs.
It has been praised for its focus on quality ingredients. The menu changes daily and the service is friendly.
Baskeri & Basso or BasBas (Tehtaankatu 27-29, www.basbas.fi) is one of the most interesting newcomers in Helsinki.
They serve excellent Italian-inspired food in an urban setting.
This is the place to come if you feel peckish in the late hours as their kitchen stays open until 2 a.m.