In 2013, we took our first attempt at defining what we do and how we’re going to do it. At that point our full-time team consisted of only two people: my co-founder Antti and myself. A lot has changed since then: our product and business model have gone through many modifications, and our team has grown to nine people. We realized that it was time to revisit the subject.
In August 2014, Sharetribe offices were relocated to downtown Helsinki. One of the benefits of our new whereabouts was the huge variety of lunch joints around us. Our previous location was Startup Sauna in Otaniemi, where our options were limited to a couple of student restaurants, so it was no surprise we were excited about the change of venue. We decided to take the full advantage of our new surroundings and try out as many lunch restaurants as we could.
During fall 2014, we had a rule not to visit any restaurant twice. We would go to a new place every day, and after the lunch each team member would rate the joint. Each place got either +1 (very good, would recommend to a friend), 0 (ok, but nothing special) or -1 (would not recommend) from each eater. The final score is the average of these individual grades. Originally we planned to go to 50 different places, but after reaching the limit we realized there were many nice places nearby we hadn’t tried out, so the final number ended up being 78.
Our entire 9 person team participated in the review process. However, out of the 9, only 6 people spend their days at our Helsinki offices regularly, so most reviews are from that group. Among the six people there’s one vegetarian, one who prefers vegetarian food (but also eats meat), two home kitchen master chefs and two “normal” eaters.
The instructions for rating were to evaluate the overall experience of the restaurant: the quality of the food, the price and the atmosphere. The walking distance from our office did not officially count, but it may have had an effect to the subjective dining experience, especially on some dark and slushy November days. Personal preferences also counted a lot: for example, one team member doesn’t like sushi, so all sushi joints got -1 from him.
Since we now have this list of 78 lunch places in Helsinki reviewed and ordered by the rating they got, we thought it might be helpful also to someone else. So, we proudly present our entirely subjective ranking: the best places to eat lunch in Helsinki.
|Deli Café Maya||1.00||7||Punavuorenkatu 3|
|Cafe Trocadero||1.00||6||Uudenmaankatu 2|
|Cafe Rouge||1.00||6||Urho Kekkosen katu 4|
|Mille Mozzarelle||1.00||4||Pursimiehenkatu 7a|
|Tortilla House Kamppi||1.00||4||Urho Kekkosen katu 1|
|Chico’s||0.75||4||Hietalahdenranta 5 C|
|New Bamboo Center||0.67||6||Annankatu 29|
|Cafe Balzac||0.60||5||Iso Roobertinkatu 3-5|
|OmNam||0.50||6||Annankatu 29 B|
|Kin Sushi||0.50||6||Lönnrotinkatu 2|
|Beefy Queen Jambo||0.50||4||Pieni Roobertinkatu 13|
|Tony’s Deli||0.50||4||Bulevardi 7|
|Kokomo Tikibar & Room||0.50||4||Uudenmaankatu 16-20|
|Putte’s Bar & Pizza||0.50||4||Kalevankatu 6|
|La Crêperie||0.50||2||Aleksanterinkatu 23|
|Villa Thai (tue-thu)||0.43||7||Bulevardi 28|
|Vivo’s Deli Roba||0.40||5||Iso Roobertinkatu 27|
|Thai Orchid||0.40||5||Lönnrotinkatu 27|
|Habibi Sähkötalo||0.40||5||Malminrinne 6|
|Dong Bei Hu||0.33||6||Korkeavuorenkatu 47|
|La Torrefazione||0.33||3||Aleksanterinkatu 50 B|
|Bar 9||0.17||6||Uudenmaankatu 9|
|Don Corleone||0.17||6||Urho Kekkosen katu 1|
|Street Gastro||0.17||6||Albertinkatu 36|
We also went to the following restaurants that didn’t reach the top scores (in alphabetical order):
|Burger King||Mannerheimintie 12|
|Cafe Anna||Annankatu 22|
|Casa Italia||Bulevardi 11|
|Dennis Kamppi||Kansakoulukatu 1|
|Dennis Bulevardi||Bulevardi 32|
|Eerikin pippuri||Eerikinkatu 17|
|Golden Leaf||Fredrikinkatu 47|
|Hard Rock Cafe||Aleksanterinkatu 21|
|Hesburger Kasarmitori||Kasarmikatu 19|
|Hodari ja Hummeri||Pieni Roobertinkatu 2|
|Krog Madame||Lapinlahdenkatu 3|
|Kuppi ja Muffini||Kalevankatu 17|
|Makki Makki||Bulevardi 19|
|Manhattan Steak House||Eteläesplanadi 24|
|Marski Bar & Restaurant||Mannerheimintie 10|
|Maya Bar & Grill||Mikonkatu 18|
|Olipa kerran||Albertinkatu 34|
|Papa Albert||Albertinkatu 30|
|Puro Deli||Korkeavuorenkatu 27|
|Ristorante Italo||Mannerheimintie 20|
|Salt & Pepper||Fredrikinkatu 30|
|Singapore Hot Wok||Urho Kekkosen katu 1|
|Stadin herkut||Lönnrotinkatu 34|
|Tamarin||Iso Roobertinkatu 18|
|Tres Bones||Annankatu 6|
|Wanhan Kellari ja Grilli||Mannerheimintie 3|
|Yamato||Iso Roobertinkatu 17-19|
(Tip: Click the list icon on the left of the map to see the list of restaurants on the map. You can click the restaurant name to highlight it on the map.)
All in all, we learned that the Helsinki center is full of very high quality lunch restaurants and cafes. We hope you find a new lunch place from the list!
Did we miss an essential lunch place in the area? Or maybe we didn’t do justice to your favorite spot? Feel free to cast your vote in the comments!
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Have you seen this?
NoMethodError: undefined method `' for nil:NilClass
I bet you have, many times, way too many. However, it doesn’t have to be so. There’s a pattern that helps you to get rid of the errors you get when handling nil-values.
Meet Option pattern! The idea is simple: Wrap the value in a wrapper and treat nil values the same way you would treat non-nil values.
There are many existing gems that use this pattern. Also, I rolled up my own version called Possibly. In this post all the examples use the Possibly gem.