Top score for the rooftop Restaurant 10. Kerros
The old classic restaurant above the rooftops of the city has got a new look. Hotel Vaakuna’s functional gem is now even brighter, lighter and more comfortable. In other respects, they continue with the same, proven concept as before: good food, attentive service and the best views over the city are the key elements.
Restaurant 10th Floor (10. Kerros) opened its doors already in 1947 and Hotel Vaakuna a few years later, in 1952, for the Helsinki Olympics. Both the restaurant and the hotel were designed by the Finnish functionalist architect Erkki Huttunen. The building is really a masterpiece by Huttunen with its curved shapes, different kinds of wood used and the beautiful lighting.
During the long history, both royalty and superstars have visited the restaurant. And during the decades both the celebrities as well as the common people have enjoyed, for example, crayfish parties, discos and star quality of the place. Although the name has changed over the years, the atmosphere has always been a 10/10.
During the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, international sports journalists and distinguished Olympic guests enjoyed on the Vaakuna observation deck in the evenings, drinking Coca-Cola (it was just then launched in Finland!) and the Finnish speciality: gin long drink developed especially for the Olympic visitors from around the world. The house has so many stunning stories to tell. For example, during the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics, they organised the world’s first (and maybe the only?) balcony skiing competition on the rooftop terrace with the national cross-country ski team of the time competing against each other.
Focus on Finnish classic dishes with style
Now the Restaurant 10th Floor focuses, above all, on good food. Executive Chef Mikko Terho describes the menu as uncomplicated and appreciating raw materials. “The principles of the menu have been Finnishness, Helsinki and responsibility,” says Terho. The menu includes wonderful Finnish classics such as salmon soup, vendace with mashed potatoes, and reindeer roast. In addition, delicacies such as smoked shrimps, shrimp Skagen (shrimps on Scandinavian rye and malt bread), traditional tartar steak with dijon mayonnaise, and veal á la Wallenberg stand out from the list.
Fresh and inviting interior
In early 2020, the overall look of the restaurant was freshened up and made more functional and comfortable. The restaurant renovation is part of the entire hotel renovation, which started in 2018 and is now being completed. The restaurant’s look has been updated by the award-winning interior design firm Fyra Oy. “The change was intended to make the protected wooden surfaces more visible by freshening up and modernising the environment. Likewise, the house’s art and design objects, such as the lamps by designer Paavo Tynell, are now better displayed. We also wanted to open up the scenery and bring back the original greenness and atmosphere of the premises,” say interior designers Jasmin Friman and Elisa Ryhänen-Derrett from Fyra Oy.
Restaurant 10. Kerros (10th Floor)
Open everyday, always check the opening hours at the restaurant’s website.
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