Yume Asian Fusion Lounge

Yume Asian Fusion Lounge

Fantastic Asian fusion food in Helsinki! Who knew? This modern and strikingly beautiful restaurant is next door to the Hotel Kämp off of the Esplanaden. It is decorated very tastefully, with lots of modern lighting fixtures, metal screens and Asian pottery. I was greeted warmly and with smiles by all the women on the serving staff as well as the manager, and it felt genuine, not forced. I was lucky enough to be served by the aforementioned manager, who asked what I liked on the menu and made some great suggestions. I love small plates and she suggested three. But first, she brought a small bowl of peanuts seasoned with lemongrass, kaffir lime and (I think) galangal. Wow – that was quite literally the best bowl of peanuts I have ever eaten. That is a taste I just could not get enough of. My first dish was “salmon crackers”, a modest name for a dish that deserves a bit of immodesty. It basically consists of the freshest salmon sashimi imaginable with some subtle seasonings, served on very thin, very crisp (an obviously made in house) crab crackers. Wow! So good. Next was a very nicely sized salad of thinly-sliced, cooked octopus, chunks of rich pork belly, mint, cabbage, green beans, herbs and pine nuts in a very light, slightly sweet and acidic rambutan vinaigrette. The pork and octopus were perfectly cooked and went well together. All the veggies had good crunch, the dressing was superb and the dish was good until the last bite. My last dish was Thai meatballs stuffed with lemongrass and garlic and red curry. It came with a small bowl of curry mayonnaise on the side. The meatballs were nicely cooked, exceptionally flavorful and a great way to end a wonderful meal. Is Yume expensive? Yes, a bit. But in this case you get what you pay for. Yume is a real winner and highly recommended.
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Yume Asian Fusion Lounge

Fantastic Asian fusion food in Helsinki!  Who knew?  This modern and strikingly beautiful restaurant is next door to the Hotel Kämp off of the Esplanaden.  It is decorated very tastefully, with lots of modern lighting fixtures, metal screens and Asian pottery.  I was greeted warmly and with smiles by all the women on the serving staff as well as the manager, and it felt genuine, not forced.  I was lucky enough to be served by the aforementioned manager, who asked what I liked on the menu and made some great suggestions.  I love small plates and she suggested three.  But first, she brought a small bowl of peanuts seasoned with lemongrass, kaffir lime and (I think) galangal.  Wow – that was quite literally the best bowl of peanuts I have ever eaten.  That is a taste I just could not get enough of.My first dish was “salmon crackers”, a modest name for a dish that deserves a bit of immodesty.  It basically consists of the freshest salmon sashimi imaginable with some subtle seasonings, served on very thin, very crisp (an obviously made in house) crab crackers. Wow!  So good.Next was a very nicely sized salad of thinly-sliced, cooked octopus, chunks of rich pork belly, mint, cabbage, green beans, herbs and pine nuts in a very light, slightly sweet and acidic rambutan vinaigrette.  The pork and octopus were perfectly cooked and went well together.  All the veggies had good crunch, the dressing was superb and the dish was good until the last bite.  My last dish was Thai meatballs stuffed with lemongrass and garlic and red curry.  It came with a small bowl of curry mayonnaise on the side.  The meatballs were nicely cooked, exceptionally flavorful and a great way to end a wonderful meal.Is Yume expensive?  Yes, a bit.  But in this case you get what you pay for.  Yume is a real winner and highly recommended.
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Yume Asian Fusion Lounge

I had been wanting to go to Yume since this summer, when I tasted their beef teriyaki at the EAT Festival. However, I never made it until now because I have been too lazy to go that far (ok, it is not that far, but outside my usual quarters let’s say).  Now that I am about to leave, I realize there are so many things I had been wanting to do, and never did. So I am trying to catch up before it is too late!
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Yume Asian Fusion Lounge

Impressive decor, good service, tasty and consistent food. Wait, am I really in Helsinki? Started with a rich and flavorsome miso soup, and then we dived into a sushi platter, a sashimi platter and some a la carte to round out. The pacific mackerel was fantastic, and the spider roll and rainbow roll were also good. The sushi and sashimi platters were consistently good, without that all to often disappointing dud note. Good work. The place was a little quiet for a Saturday night, but it warmed up as the evening rolled on. So why only 4 stars? In a word, price. Clearly the expensive decor and home in Helsinki's most expensive hotel, the Kämp, takes its toll at bill time. The sake we ordered from the small list was good, but 99EUR for a smallish bottle is a little steep. So, if you want a treat, feel like celebrating with friends, or best if the company is paying, head to Yume without delay.
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Yume Asian Fusion Lounge

“The VIBE: 4.5 Stars – upscale yet not stuffy vibe, with low-volume lounge/house music, nice finish-out, and convenient location attached to Hotel Kamp.” in 2 reviews

Yume Asian Fusion Lounge

Yume Asian Fusion Lounge
Yume Asian Fusion Lounge

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