Rye bread, Karelian pies and reindeer, is this all we can say about Finnish food?
There has been a fantastic response by Finnish chefs to the 2005 attack by Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi, who claimed that he had to “endure” Finnish food. This resulted in a wave of Finnish restaurants creating tasty new ways to prepare traditional Finnish food. Though my own experiences at some of these better known Finnish restaurants are generally positive, they are also quite costly. They offer delicacies such as succulent reindeer sirloin, elk sausages and smoked vendace, but they also take foreigners for a ride and charge them for the water. As good as these places are, I for one still want something more home-grown, something from grandma’s kitchen.