I moved to the Alppila area about 1, 5 years ago and it is the furthest away from the Helsinki downtown I have lived during my residency here in the capital city. Before this apartment I used to live in Hakaniemi area which has many of the characteristics of the Kallio region but is still very near to the centre. Because of the busy location, there are many restaurants in Hakaniemi. It is pretty amusing though to notice how quickly the chances to find a quality restaurant change to slim the further you depart from the downtown. Here in Alppila there really are not any quality restaurants. There are some cosy places and some trendy places, but nothing of a high standard. This makes me quite angry, as the prices are still very high (excluding some of the ethnic restaurants which keep their prices attractively low, but so is the quality of the food as well, unfortunately.)
As I started my studies this year in Haaga, I started to travel a route to the campus which took me trough the "office district" of Vallila, an area I was not familiar with before. I saw many restaurants which I had never heard of and the more I took that same route day to day, I understood those were lunch restaurants which offered their services mainly for the business people at the area. I was intrigued if there could be some hidden gems amongst these restaurants and started to investigate their websites and also the customer comments on the website www.eat.fi. Unfortunately I was left quite disappointed. I only found one restaurant which had gotten quite many thanks for their nice salads, but on the other hand, people had hated their sushi. Rest of the comments were quite average. Of course I have to be quite critical when reading these types of customer feedbacks and the best thing to do would be to visit the restaurants myself. I also know that many people use their lunch voucher which they received from their employee (in... [continues]
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