On the 10th floor of a modernist building constructed in 1952 for the Olympic Games, is this sleek restaurant with harbour views.
Sophisticated, well-balanced, beautifully presented dishes come from a highly experienced chef, with luxurious ingredients presented in harmonious combinations of texture and flavour.
Palace - a masterpiece of Eero Vottonen and his team
After a lengthy break and renovation of its historical premises, Palace returned to the list with one star under the leadership of one of Finland’s most significant chefs at the moment, Eero Vottonen.
“It feels wonderful that the immense passion we put into everything we do has been noticed beyond Finland as well,” said Vottonen.
“We’ll continue to develop our concept in a holistic way to emphasise the complete experience and strive for a second star in the future.”
The 36-year-old chef sees the job as fundamentally a team effort. From the beginning, Palace has had a central role in training the next generation of chefs.
“These kind of rewards are very important from this point of view. Young chefs are able to see that, with hard work, it’s quite possible to reach the top of the world,” he elaborated.
Finland's first Michelin star
“Luxurious ingredients come together in harmonious combinations of texture and flavour, and dishes are well-balanced, beautifully presented and ultra-refined,” commented the Michelin Guide in a tweet.
Finland’s first Michelin star was awarded to Palace Gourmet, the forefather of the current establishment, in 1987. The chef in charge at the time was Eero Mäkelä.
“It’s wonderful to continue the work that Eero Mäkelä started. I don’t think there’s a chef in Finland who doesn’t respect him,” stated Vottonen.