Kynsilaukka (‘garlic’ in English) is a cosy, some might say a bit shabby, restaurant that specializes in everything with garlic. When you sit down, you can start by nibbling on marinated garlic cloves and everything on the menu has garlic in it. You can even finish your dinner with garlic ice cream.
Kynsilaukka has been in Punavuori on the same spot, in the corner of Fredikinkatu and Uudenmaankatu since 1987. The best thing about Kynsilaukka is, that it’s always open, 365 days a year. When most of the other restaurants close for Christmas Eve or Midsummer, which can come as a surprise for a tourist, this is the one place that you can always rely on to be open!
Kynsilaukka is not a gourmet restaurant, but most of their dishes, like for example the lamb casserole, are actually quite good and reliable. To finish the meal they bring you a shot of garlic and herb digestive. The service is usually very friendly, but sometimes a bit slow.
If you are feeling very adventurous try the garlic ice cream or their garlic beer. Personally, I think that’s taking it a bit too far, but I know people who strongly disagree with me. And after this dinner you at least won’t have to worry about vampires for a while!