Tokyo 55 has been there for a while. They stand for top notch sushi, year after year. My most memorable visit was the first of May 2014. I can really recommend sushi (and champagne) for a hangover after the visit. Tokyo 55 opened in 2008 on the same spot where Helsinki’s first Japanese restaurant “Tokyo” once stood in the 1960s. And now, shoulder to shoulder, there’s Izakaya as well with a wonderfully creative list of Japanese flavours and a bunch of great cocktails. I recommend checking the opening times, offers and reservation depending on the menu and style you prefer.
Tokyo 55 and Izakaya are run by a family who also operate the next door restaurant Mamma Rosa. And it’s not just about trend. They’ve got a genuine Japanese sushi master and constantly keep an eye on the quality. So if you have a really bad sushi-tooth you can try the all-you-can-eat buffet at lunch time. Quality remains high.
I really got into sushi when I tasted it in Göteborg 2007. There weren’t many sushi restaurants in Helsinki before and Tokyo 55 was one of the first ones to do it properly. I once tried to make sushi myself. The taste was pretty much ok, but the appearance was more like a Swiss roll filled with rice. But, hey, after that I appreciated good sushi even more. And sake of course.