The world’s only Michelin-starred restaurant specialising in Finnish cuisine, will arrive at the five-star hotel in the heart of Belgravia on the 21st March, running to the 1st April. Finnjävel pop-up restaurant will showcase the best of Nordic cuisine, offering guests a unique and exciting dining experience in COMO’s flagship property.
A taste of Finland in London
Lively and stylish, the pop-up will incorporate elements of Nordic design and décor from Saas Instruments, Iittala and Lasismi, much like Finnjävel itself. Located in the heart of Helsinki, the main restaurant – which was awarded a Michelin star in 2021 – combines fine dining with traditional Finnish cuisine in an unprecedented way. Tommi Tuominen, Timo Linnamäki, Henri Alén and Samuil Angelov founded the restaurant (whose name means ‘’Finnish Devil’) in homage to the true masters of Finnish cuisine. Dishes are inspired by the locals who cherish, develop and keep alive the Finnish culinary traditions by cooking, baking, hunting and foraging.
Commenting on the partnership Head Chef Tommi Tuominen and Mr Timo Linnamäki said, “For a long time now, our UK customers have been suggesting that we should bring the Finnjävel experience to London. The pandemic messed up these plans, but this March, we are finally there and Finnjävel pop-up restaurant opens in one of the world’s top restaurant cities and it will be great to see what English foodies think of Finnish food. We cannot wait for this collaboration with COMO The Halkin Hotel & staff and to bring a taste of Finland to the UK”.
COMO The Halkin
The Halkin, launched in 1991, was the first property in the COMO Hotels and Resorts portfolio. Located in one of the capital’s leafiest districts, it’s a stone’s throw from Hyde Park and Knightsbridge. Recently reopened following its renovation, COMO The Halkin provides a home-away-from-home hideaway for discerning travellers exploring the city. Known for its discreet service, timeless design and Asian-infused style, it has 41 elegantly appointed rooms and suites.
Alain Martzolff, Hotel Manager for COMO The Halkin says: “We are excited to be relaunching COMO The Halkin with a celebratory pop-up, Finnjävel. This Michelin star restaurant is the perfect way to celebrate the reopening of our hotel in true COMO style, offering our guests a fine dining experience that is both unique and exceptional. We are confident that Finnjävel will be a great addition to the London dining scene and we look forward to welcoming guests.”
Experiences of Finnjävel at COMO The Halkin
Chef Tommi Tuominen, himself native to Finland, is the only chef in the country to manage two Michelin-star restaurants. He has created an exclusive menu for the event with a range of traditional Nordic dishes like Karelian Pie, Glassblower’s Salmon and Blood Pancakes, all made using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. The Six-Course Tasting Menu is priced at £130.
Additionally, the award-winning Helsinki Distilling Company will be running two gin masterclasses alongside the restaurant pop-up, taking an in-depth look at the history, distillation process, and unique flavors of Finnish gin. The classes will take place on Saturday 18th and 25th of March from 2:30pm to 4:00pm (the Gin Masterclass and Michelin Starred Canapés are priced at £45).
Reservations for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday can be made by contacting the hotel directly, via the website.