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With a Twist and a Quirk

30.4.2015 Text: Violetta Teetor Photos: Olli Oilinki
Food

Dining out is pretty much a way of life and with more and more establishments opening, there needs to be something special to vie for the attention of the punter. A big fat load of FUN needs to be on the menu and if it’s not there, it needs to be in the place and preferably in both!

The Cock

There’s a new cock in town and it’s strutting its stuff on Fabianinkatu proudly crowing its name: The Cock. In true cockerel fashion, breakfast on weekdays start at 7.30 (10.00 on Saturdays) and you can peck away at all their homemade stuff like granola, pastries, grilled flat bread and bacon and eggs, of course! Later on there’s a knock-out salad bar for lunch and then plenty of real adult goodies like oysters and stuff. But the two pièces-des-résistances are their rotisserie slowly grilling their herby chicken to perfection and the ping-pong table that doubles up as a dessert buffet (psst, for as little as €9!!!). Here’s an eating establishment that takes its food seriously with ear-to-ear smiles, a lot of buzz and service that is quite frankly superlative.
www.thecock.fi

Skiffer

Pizza? But this ain’t no run-of-the-mill pizza parlour. First opening its doors on Liuskasaari where the boat people fill their tanks in the summer months and head out to sea, Skiffer has made its way into the city and is now also housed on Erottaja. This is where you’ll go for a CCCP or a Kaa. The former involves chilli con carne, cheddar cheese, avocado and coriander, the latter, cured pork neck with blue cheese and fresh pineapple. They’ve dreamed up some crazy combinations but believe me, it’s so good and even strawberries, goat’s cheese and pine nuts work on their crispy, thin pizza dough.
www.skiffer.fi

Kombo

Adventure is in the air when you get on the metro and head to Sörnäinen metro stop. There’s a tiny place nearby, down one of the side streets, called Kombo. Simple, plain, run by a Spanish/Finnish couple, it oozes atmosphere and Mediterranean charm serving quality tapas and with a wine list that’s constantly changing according to the owners’ whims.
www.facebook.com/Kombowinebar

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