October 9 2015  |  Airline & Terminal News

New cafe and chef menu added at HEL

By Rick Lundstrom

A weekend opening is planned for Cafe Tapio

SSP is working with Finnish chef Matti Jämsen on a new menu for the Fly Inn Restaurant & Deli at Helsinki Airport, which will be available from October 15 to January 6, 2016.

The new menu at Fly Inn will include specialities such as Finnish cold smoked whitefish and rainbow trout, cucumber and horseradish mousse and Åland organic lamb flavored with juniper berry, roasted onion and bear's-garlic. For each dish, a complementary wine has been selected by the Yalumba Wine Company.

Among the leading establishments Jämsen has worked are Chez Dominique in Helsinki and Bagatelle in Oslo, both of which have been awarded two Michelin stars. Having achieved his own Michelin star while working as a sous chef in Die Quadriga, in 2015 Jämsen took a fourth place at the prestigious Bocuse d’Or competition which is known as the world championships for chefs.  

Also this month, SSP will open a new outlet called Tapio Café. The new cafe has been designed to showcase the best of Finnish high-quality ingredients and design, and takes its name from an ancient Finnish forest god. Materials used in the unit’s design have been chosen to reflect elements from local nature, (such as the silver birches that can be seen across the airfield from the outlet’s windows), and chairs and tables from renowned Finnish design company Artek. Iittala tableware and Marimekko fabrics will complete the Finnish theme.

The new concept will feature open rye salmon sandwiches, reindeer meatballs and Lapland cheese salad. Local craftsmanship is also showcased in a range of ice creams and pastry products as well as with a monthly microbrew beer. The café will open on October 10.

 “It would be fair to say that Tapio Café will be one of the most Finnish cafes at Helsinki Airport,” said Elena Stenholm, vice president of Finavia. “Finland will not only be represented in its ingredients and design, but also in its overall ambiance. Providing truly Finnish experiences to our passengers is one of our main objectives when it comes to planning our commercial offering. Tapio Café really helps us achieve this goal.”

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