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TAINAN DINING FEATURE

FYI SOUTH Magazine, May 2003. VOL.3 ISSUE 5

Suomalainen Ravintola

156, WeiShin St., TzuoYing, Kaohsiung City
(07) 558-5796
Hours: Lunch 11-30 am-1-30 pm; Afternoon Tea 2-30 pm-5 pm; Dinner 6 pm-9 pm. Closed Sunday lunchtime.
http://sr.kaoh.com.tw

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Dining in Finnish style

By Steven Crook

       Suomalainen Ravintola, which has been open for a little over two years, is unusual in a number of ways. It operates on a quiet suburban street. It is one of very few places in Taiwan--perhaps the only one--where Finnish cuisine can be enjoyed. And it was established by a Scandanavian missionary to (as the restaurant's webpages put it), give local people a "taste of clean and healthy Finnish food at a reasonable price."

      This goal is being achieved. Meals here are healthy, high-quality, and good value. Lunch sets are priced at NT$160 to NT$200; dinner is NT$200 to N$260. Afternoon tea is NT$60.

       There are both indoor and outdoor seating areas, the latter being in a garden behind the building, away from the road.

       A good part of Finland lies north of the Artic Circle. Finnish cooking therefore uses quite different ingredients to Taiwanese cuisine.

       At the time of my visit, the choices included salmon, pork rolled in apple sauce, and chopped pork sausage, all served with mashed potato, mixed vegetables, plus--an apparent concession to local eating habits--a scoop of white rice. Western-style cutlery takes the place of chopsticks.

       Customers help themselves to soup, salad, and bread made on the premises (this can be purchased separately). There's hot coffee and tea, plus fruit for those coming at dinnertime.

       I've never been to Finland, but Suomalainen Ravintola conforms perfectly to my impressions of that country. In no way ostentatious, but quietly professional and courteous, very clean, and wholly decent.

      There's another reason to eat here: The restaurant's profits go to a charity which helps disabled people.

 

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