There are not many places in Helsinki where you can indulge in the traditional English custom of Afternoon tea. One evening, after visiting the Helsinki Noir exhibition at the Amos Anderson art gallery, my friend S and I headed towards Hotel Kämp’s Brasserie where I’d reserved us a table.
Hotel Kämp is regarded as one of the best hotels in Helsinki. The Brasserie has an European style terrace. I love to sit there and watch people passing by.
The hotel resonates glamour from the past. The hotel was the hub for socialites and artist of their time – everyone with a name for themselves gathered here to pass on the latest news and gossip. And have a drink.. or two. After the hotel’s glory days, there was a time when these premises housed an office building. Thank goodness that era is over and the hotel was reincarnated in 1999. The building itself is beautiful and brings a touch of luxury to Helsinki.
The bar is a nice place to gather.
In addition to a normal à la carte, Brasserie Kämp hosts breakfast, Sunday brunch and afternoon tea sessions.
Our waitress mentioned that the Golden Assam tea would bring out the flavours of the menu best. I went with the Assam whilst S chose the English Breakfast St. Andrews.
You can be sure that Kämp’s Afternoon tea is made from the finest ingredients. On the top of the tray, you can see a brioche with a tartar steak topped with some capers and shallots. Can you imagine, that this was the first time I’ve ever tried beef tartar? I was very surprised to find that it was so much better than I expected but I did not become a fan.
I love Afternoon tea because of the traditional finger sandwiches. The smoked salmon sandwiches were lovely. In addition there was herring on orange-fennel bread with horseradish cream and Kämp’s own crisp bread with Peltola blue cheese and cherry jam. The cheese was super delicious and I must try to find some at the grocery store.
The sweets were also first-rate. For example, the chocolate mousse in a chocolate cup was delicious and the macaron was perfect. However, the scones had a strange consistency, so I would suggest Kämp go for the traditional English scone recipe instead. For the scones, there’s three different jams to choose from and whipped cream (I don’t get clotted cream).
Are you a fan of Afternoon tea? Have you had an especially nice tea somewhere on your travels or at home?