Yesterday we visited the vegan restaurant Café Veganissimo here in Helsinki. It is located at Kulmavuorenkatu 2 and is the only fully vegan restaurant in Helsinki (that I know of at least – please tell me if I’m wrong!).
The restaurant only serves lunch, in weekdays you can choose between a soup lunch that includes salad, or a buffet lunch with warm food, salad and soup. Both choices include coffee or tea and bread made at the restaurant. On Saturdays they serve a buffet brunch or other themed buffet.
Since it was Saturday we came there for the brunch buffet which costs 15 euros. What it consisted of can be seen in the pictures below (even though the quality of the pictures is not the best). Apart from what you can see in the pictures there were also cereals, a smoothie, coffee and tea.
I enjoyed going out to eat and not having to ask if dishes are vegan, that I could just eat anything I liked in the buffet. The food itself was fine, it was nothing amazing and part of it had already gotten cold, but I was full and satisfied when we left. I especially liked the rice with black beans, the potato salad and the Karelian pasty (even though it would have been better served warm and not cold like this one) as well as the pancakes that we had for dessert.
The guy working in the restaurant was nice, he went around and talked to the people and asked if the food was alright. We had a chat with him about if they make cakes, since we saw boxes for cakes on their counter, and it turns out they do cater different types of cakes. As I understood by their website you can also book the restaurant for private parties outside lunch hours.
I also liked the relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant, I felt like you can just come as you are and you don’t either have to hurry. People were sitting and talking and the restaurant even had board games that you could play if you wanted.
I will probably go back sometimes – not because the food was great, but because the place is all vegan and it feels so much better to eat in such a place than a place that serves dairy and eggs – or even meat. Reading through their menu from this past week on their website I also got the feeling that maybe we went there on the wrong day, since a lot of the dishes mentioned on other days seemed more interesting than what we had – so it’s probably worth another visit also just to try what else they have to offer.