Scan Magazine | Issue 75 | April 2015

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Scan Magazine | Culinary Feature | Haukilahden Paviljonki

The taste and view of the archipelago Year round, Haukilahden Paviljonki restaurant gives a pleasant feeling of the sea life and serves the delicious Finnish Lohikeitto. By Karoliina Kantola | Photos: Haukilahden Paviljonki

Look at the sea, listen to the waves breaking against the shore, watch the boats approach the pier, smile at the pedestrians walking by or riding a bike. Welcome to Haukilahden Paviljonki, a pavilion just 30 minutes way from the Helsinki city centre. Besides the beautiful scenery of southern Finland, in Haukilahden Paviljonki you can enjoy the delicious fresh Finnish food and drinks. In the wintertime, the restaurant welcomes the customers for a lunch or an afternoon coffee, and offers a great place to arrange private parties and events. As the weather gets warmer and the days become brighter, the days of Haukilahden Paviljonki become longer, too. “After Vappu – the Labour Day celebration and the official start of Finnish spring – we open our doors early in the morning and close them late at night,” says the owner Juha Blomqvist.

From early spring until late autumn, Haukilahden Paviljonki is crowded with people living in the local neighbourhood, the boaters stopping by, and tourists coming from both near and far. The favourite dish among the customers all year around is Haukilahden Lohikeitto, a creamy salmon soup made out of Finnish ingredients. Its fresh goat’s cheese salad and hamburgers are really popular as well. From time to time, the restaurant varies its à la carte menu, but some things will never change. “The regular customers tend to know what they want already when coming here, so the most popular dishes are here to stay,” Blomqvist says with a smile. In the summer season, people can be part of the real Finnish barbeque feast. At this time, the chef grills meat, chicken and fish on the terrace. Thus, at Hauki-

lahden Paviljonki, you can really come to eat out. Of course the restaurant interior itself is beautiful and cosy – but when it is warm and bright outside, who would not like to sit on the terrace and feel the sea, the archipelago life as well as the sunny atmosphere?

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