Here comes a long overdue post about the food scene in the capital. Starting with 5 fully plant-based restaurants serving flavourful Asian food. These are also probably the only Asian restaurants in Helsinki that are vegan, or we are yet to discover the others. Our 5 picks:
Yliopistonkatu 6, 00100 Helsinki
We recently dined at the – quite new to Helsinki – Vegoshi in Kluuvi. A great location near the Helsinki University city centre campus. The restaurant itself is a vibrant and calming space situated in a sort of food court in Kluuvi shopping centre. They go under ‘Healthy, plant-based, Asian food’. The menu consists of whole food based bowls, rolls and dumplings.
This time we went in for the Nitari Set and a Tofushi bowl. I absolutely love their Vietnamese tofu – it’s so soft. The black rice is also something exotic. Could totally eat the Nitari set with eyes, I mean look at it! The set consisted of 8 Teritake sushi rolls, a seitan garden roll, 2 kimchi and 2 tofu dumplings along with soy and peanut sauce. The meals were delicious and satisfying. Highly recommend.
2- Thai Vegan Kitchen
Lapinlahdenkatu 9, 00100 Helsinki
There’s already a post dedicated to Thai Vegan Kitchen on my blog, because they are awesome. A food truck turned restaurant that serves hot tasty authentic Thai food in central Helsinki. They also offer delivery at times and a catering service. Check out their page for more info on the day’s special etc. More details about the food they offer on this post.
3- Loving Hut
Kolmas linja 17, 00530 Helsinki
The Helsinki restaurant of the Loving Hut worldwide chain of restaurants has been a go-to lunch place for many in Kallio district. They have a 10€ all-you-can-eat lunch buffet on weekdays and are open on weekends as well with a long a-la-carte menu to choose from. It’s a calm cafeteria style restaurant. They’re all about vegan & eco, peace. The staff is limited thesedays and we’ve seen just the one lady doing everything so you need to be patient. You can watch the ‘Supreme Master TV’ they have on, which is quite interesting, we would say.. But the food is delicious and we were not expecting it when we first went there. We go to eat there quite often now.
Buffet lunches have a fixed set of stuff but the a-la-carte has a long list of things. Absolutely love the starters, esp. the satay skewers (soy based). For mains there is just so much to choose from. The wonton soup is my favourite. If you’re lucky you will find some tiramisu cake!
Their facebook page.
4- Sen Chay
Siltasaarenkatu 3-5, 00530 Helsinki
Sen Chay Vietnamese restaurant has been around for a while and is a hidden gem in the Hakaniemi area. Helsinki peeps may be familiar with this place. It’s a small, modest place serving the typical south-east Asian food, pho, noodles, fried rice, stir friend veggies and plant protein. It states vegetarian restaurant but everything on the menu is dairy/ egg-free too. The prices are the usual for Helsinki, around 10 -12€ for a meal, and the dishes are similar to those at Loving Hut. We haven’t been there since a while and need to go again soon to get some food (and photos to share).
Their facebook page.
5- Ravintola OmNam (RIP)
Courtyard, Annankatu 29 B, 00100 Helsinki
OmNam serves fine Asian – European fusion style food for lunches and dinner in Kamppi area of Helsinki. They were the first vegan restaurant in Helsinki.
I have been there especially on Thursdays because they have masala Dosa on their lunch menu! Dosa is the no.1 home food I miss, living abroad. Few places in Helsinki serve South Indian food. OmNam’s Dosa is unique, filling and full on flavour. It comes with side salad and sambar-dal and chutney.
**EDIT** As of February 2021, Omnam has closed! We are extremely sad about this that Helsinki has lost yet another fine restaurant.
Brindavan Kasvisravintola in Pasila is another one we highly recommend! They offer plant based lunch buffet with Indian style food – huge variety of warm dishes, salads and spreads. And if you are looking for authentic dosa then also check out ‘The South Indian‘ in Kluuvi, right next to Vegoshi. They are a fairly new place but serve some flavourful south Indian dishes – many veggie options.
Ohmygoodness vegan cafe & yoga studio, Cargo restaurant, Villd, Soi Soi, Vibes by Vöner and now Omnam.. just to name a few great places that have closed permanently. This year has been a tough one – please support your local vegan restaurants!
Best Asian restaurants in Helsinki:
That’s for our picks of best Asian restaurants in Helsinki! Have any suggestions or comments? – Leave them below. I review individual dishes on Abillion – see our resources page to find out more.