Hans Välimäki and Arto Rastas, together with their team, are set to open two new restaurants in the heart of Helsinki in the autumn of 2023. The new Italian "bistro" and the British-inspired gastropub will emphasize seafood and game dishes. The Italian Bistro Gina will open its doors at Korkeavuorenkatu 34 in early September, serving customers from Monday to Saturday. Bistro Gina will be a casual and informal bistro-brasserie, serving seasonally inspired and high-quality Italian classics.
The restaurant will also have a bar area where customers can enjoy drinks and food.
The Rook, Ministry of Horns and Fins, will open later in the fall at the corner of Yrjönkatu and Ratakadu. This gastropub will serve delicious and high-quality pub food with a relaxed atmosphere and moderate prices. The Rook is inspired by the best seafood and game dishes Hans and Arto have enjoyed during their travels in the UK.
Hans Välimäki, Arto Rastas, Miika Lönn, and Maria Von Graevenitz-Välimäki, who also run Kluuvikadun Bistro Bardot, will manage both new restaurants. They aim to offer their customers the best Italian and British-inspired dishes with high-quality ingredients, excellent service, and a great atmosphere.
Italian Bistro Gina will serve simple, delicious, and high-quality food, using homemade pastas, piadinis, and focaccias. The restaurant's menu is inspired by the best Italian cuisine, with a focus on quality olive oil, garlic, sardines, various cold cuts, basil, sun-ripened olives, and 'amore.' The restaurant will also offer carefully selected wines.
Hans Välimäki shared that they aim to open one of the best Italian restaurants in Helsinki. The restaurant is inspired by iconic Italian restaurants that prioritize high-quality food, drinks, and service, without compromising the atmosphere and decor.
The Rook, Ministry of Horns and Fins, will offer delicious and high-quality seafood and game dishes, inspired by Hans and Arto's culinary experiences in the UK. The restaurant will have a relaxed atmosphere, and customers can also enjoy drinks with their meals.
In conclusion, Hans Välimäki and Arto Rastas, together with their team, are opening two new restaurants in Helsinki's city center in the autumn of 2023. Italian Bistro Gina and The Rook, Ministry of Horns and Fins, will offer customers high-quality Italian and British-inspired dishes with excellent service and a great atmosphere.