Scan Magazine | Restaurant of the Month | Finland
Restaurant of the Month, Finland
Culinary highlights in Kuopio In the centre of Kuopio is an elegant restaurant, famous for its exquisite lunches that leave everyone impressed by the beautifully decorated dishes and harmonious tastes. Restaurant Urban combines traditional French cuisine with modern international twists – yet always keeping it elegant and simple. By Mari Koskinen | Photos: Pavel Kasinski
“We have now been open for six years,” says Anssi Kantelinen, co-owner and head chef of the restaurant. “In the beginning, it was just two of us here. I was working in the kitchen and my wife, Anna, waiting tables.” His wife, Anna Marttinen, co-owner and restaurant manager, has broad experience from the restaurant and catering business. Urban has been popular since its opening. “We were surprised at how quickly people found us,” Kantelinen says of the beginning of their story. “It made us happy that our cuisine attracted so 112 | Issue 122 | March 2019
many people.” Urban serves lunch on weekdays, and one of the two lunch options is always vegetarian. “Vegetarian food has always been close to my heart, and I am happy if I can turn a meat lover into a veggie lover, even for just one lunch.” In the evenings, Urban caters for private functions of 20 to 50 people. Once or twice a month, they open the restaurant on the weekends, serving five-course surprise menus – evenings that have proven to be a real success and are fully booked months in advance.
Kantelinen himself is a familiar face to many, as he won the Top Chef Duels in 2015. It was the season when previously successful competitors came back to compete in passionate culinary duels, and his visually tempting and flavoursome dishes won over the judges. Another achievement under his belt is his own cook book, which received a nomi-
Anssi Kantelinen was the winner of the Top Chef Duels in 2015.
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