The quickest way to visit the countryside when visiting Helsinki is to have lunch/dinner/multiple drinks at Zetor restaurant.
I have to admit two terrible things: before last summer I had never been to Zetor and it has been in the city for the past 20 years! And… I thought that the customers would all be hillbillies. I was wrong. And amazed how cool, funny and interesting the place was! There are old tractors and stuffed animals inside. The walls are covered with old signs. Instead of serviettes they have paper towels! The place is hilarious and there are all types of customers!
The food is very, very good: reindeer and other meat, fish and salads. The menu is written well: every meal is like a short story, for instance:
“Sausage on the Sauna Stove. Sauna at five is a Saturday tradition the Finns cannot live without. The heat of the moment is cultivated with a sausage, mashed potatoes and pickled gherkin served inside a sauna pail.”
Although the menu is in 20 languages, it doesn’t mean that the place is a tourist trap. We locals and out-of-towners (the Finnish country folk) love it! My friend told me that the place turns into a very happening night club after the sunset. I believe her – she parties a lot.
After the lunch I wondered: did I really love the place that much, or did I just spend too much time in the countryside last summer? Either way I do recommend you experience Zetor!