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Faro Channelside Bar & Restaurant – from dawn to dusk

22.2.2017 Text: Helsinki This Week Photos: Header: Jussi Hellsten / Visit Helsinki
Ruoholahti(c) Jussi Hellsten / Visit Helsinki

Have you visited Faro yet? If not, here’s why you should. First of all, the food at Faro is of excellent quality, delicious and simple. Furthermore, the decor is masculine but not heavy, with a sense of warmth and airiness. The atmosphere of Faro is quite European; the channel banks and the urban Ruoholahti area make it a unique dining experience. Best of all, Faro is very easy to access via metro or tram or by foot from the city centre.

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Photo: Faro Channelside Bar & Restaurant

Atmosphere by the sea

The interior design is by Samuli Hintikka from dSign Vertti Kivi & Co. The decor is dominated by glass windows and wooden surfaces. Examples of the visually pleasing elements include the beautiful herringbone tables, gigantic woven lamps with a maritime atmosphere and the herringbone screens. Also the ceiling pattern also attracts the eye. The slightly industrial feel of the restrooms creates an exciting contrast with the warm atmosphere of the restaurant. Above all, Faro is especially atmospheric in the evenings. The sea reflects the lights from the houses in Kanavaranta and the beautifully lit bridge of Jätkäsaari gleams ahead. In the summertime, the milieu can be enjoyed on the terrace.

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Photo: Faro Channelside Bar & Restaurant

Enjoy lunch and dinner

During lunchtime, Faro is filled with the workers and residents of the area. On weekday lunches, Faro usually offers six options. The list usually includes salad, soup, pasta and a dish from the bistro menu.  In addition to the weekday lunch, Faro serves a two- or three-course à la carte business lunch.
Lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Weekday lunch EUR 10/12.5/14/20. Business lunch EUR 39, two courses EUR 34 (reservations taken the previous day).

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Photo: Faro Channelside Bar & Restaurant

After lunch, Faro serves a bistro menu. It is compiled from the best seasonal ingredients. During the winter season, try the light beetroot soup with mascarpone and goat cheese crème or cold smoked salmon on top of our rustic bread for starters.  Moreover, the restaurant’s own delicious focaccia is served with the starters. For your main course, enjoy a delicious rib eye steak from our lava stone grill or the fish of the day—guaranteed to be fresh!

Start your meal with a glass of bubbly and ask the expert staff for wine recommendations.  The list features classics from a beef burger or fish ‘n’ chips to a chèvre salad. Vegetarians feast on the black salsify risotto. In addition, for dessert you should try the voluptuous chocolate cake or fresh pear sorbet.
Please note! The menu varies seasonally.

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Photo: Faro Channelside Bar & Restaurant

Weekend = breakfast and brunch

Start your weekend with a Friday breakfast at Faro. Enjoy the very best a breakfast can offer, as well as fresh coffee. Why not have the final meeting of the week over breakfast? 
Breakfast 7.30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Adults EUR 11, children EUR 1 per every year of age (up to 11 years of age).

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Photo: Faro Channelside Bar & Restaurant

Furthermore, on Saturdays and Sundays Faro customers feast on a brunch. The long tables are filled with families, couples and groups of friends.  We offer warm dishes, breakfast dishes, salads and desserts.  Sometimes, you may find pizza, burgers and delicious sweet potato fries. Other times, brunch guests enjoy the delicacies of the bistro menu.  Our fresh apple soda is a refreshing surprise on the drinks table! Bubbly is also available for an additional charge.

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Photo: Faro Channelside Bar & Restaurant

Children and adults with a sweet tooth will look forward to the dessert table which is bursting with treats! Ice cream, cake, candy and chocolate sauce… You can’t escape the sugar high! The table even has a waffle iron which you can use to make yourself a crispy waffle. Also, cheeses, crackers and compotes are found on the same table.
Brunch Sat & Sun 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults EUR 24.50, children EUR 1 per every year of age (up to 12 years of age). We ask guests to make a reservation.

Photo: Faro Channelside Bar & Restaurant

Faro also offers changing theme menus. Therefore, the year starts with blini (10 January to 26 February). Select your favourite traditional blini toppings, such as pickles, honey, whitefish roe, smoked reindeer or wild mushroom salad. Blini fans can indulge in our Eat as many blini as you can menu with three different toppings.
Blini served Mon-Thu 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fri 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sat-Sun 3.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Prices EUR 12–27.

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