If you’re going out to eat with friends and feel like trying many different things, head over to Boulevard Social. The restaurant is located in what I consider to be one of the prettiest streets in Helsinki. The atmosphere is great and so is the menu, which is channeling best of the Mediterranean cuisine.
The food at the restaurant is meant to be shared, so the best thing is to bring your friends and your appetite with you. I actually went with my friends to celebrate my birthday there two summers ago. The table was so full with food and everyone got to try almost all the main dishes. The dessert is another story though, because why would you ever share a dessert when you can have one just for you? And naturally I’ve been back quite a few times since.
The menu changes every now and then, so my ultimate favourite lamb dish is not always there, but other chicken, lamb and duck dishes are all really good. And they have a really strong vegetarian menu too. I’m not vegetarian, but I’ve gone vegetarian here a few times, because the choices are so good.
There’s also another restaurant by the same owners right next door, so if North Asian cuisine is more your thing… well, that’s close by. The price range at both of these restaurants is a little higher, but if you want to treat yourself one day, I do recommend Boulevard Social especially.