Another delightful experience in our home town.
We are so lucky to be living in this culinary heaven. Not much to hope for in the restaurant scene – there is plenty to choose from. This is a small town and we have so many excellent restaurants. The selection is good also for gourmands who want to take the experiences to their own kitchens – local and organic raw materials to buy.
Sicapelle is a tiny place, up the hill and next door to the medieval cathedral in Hotel Onni [Happiness]. The restaurant is, as they put it “SicaPelle Wining & Dining is our tribute to life’s joys and eccentricities, laughter, pleasure-seeking, exceptional food and wine, art and, most of all, Ville’s dear pet pig, SikaPelle.” (at Sicapelle.fi) Vallgren is a 1900th century artist and sculptor, gourmand and originally from Porvoo.
Wiser from the brunch the previous weekend, we booked a table and arriving
at this rather late brunch in the mid afternoon, we were happy to have done so.
As we stepped in the restaurant was full with no empty tables. Great, always a
good sign! There were cheerful greetings and a familiar face too. A former
Sicapelle is not a place with white table clothes but an easy-going ambience – still fine dining I would say. Simple and modern decor in an old house – black and white with earth colors. Dashes of orange and violet. The food is the main attraction. The smallish room with the buffet table and bar, upstairs with seats for 10 or so.
The starters were served at a buffet table – traditional Finnish tastes and new tastes. Cured and smoked fish, mushrooms, cabbage, tomatoes, feta and olives, yellow beats…. We wanted to taste them all – but not eat too much. An exceptional amuse-bouche – bratwurst with Dijon mayonnaise – what should we think. We’ll it was something of a surprise, especially when served on a tile (black,10 x 10 cm).
Today’s main courses were fish o meat – whitefish or lamb. I went for the fish – whitefish, pureed Jerusalem artichoke, carrot, risotto of barley, beurre blanc. And a glass of German white of Pinot blanc.
He chose lamb served with beets and a game sauce. And Rosso di Montalcino Argiano. They have a selection of wines from Piemonte – especially by Angelo Gaja. Something to try with a dinner!
The desert was the best: something sweet on the menu on the Internet and first introduced as mud cake. It was so much more! Mud cake with pistachio cream, raspberry mousse and purée, bilberry jelly and salty butterscotch that took your tongue!
After having enjoyed this we could nothing but note how lucky we were. Small joys of life – good food and wine! What a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Eating is after all most delightful and it is becoming more important each day.
As they put it themselves “SicaPelle Wining & Dining is our tribute to life’s joys and eccentricities, laughter, pleasure-seeking, exceptional food and wine, art and, most of all, Ville’s dear pet pig, SikaPelle.” (at Sicapelle.fi)
See for yourself what the restaurant is all about at http://www.sicapelle.fi/. Don’t miss the movies!
There is more to come about Porvoo and its restaurants & wining and dining. Another newcomer, Sinne, landed among the best 20 restaurants in Finland, Place 11, already within a year of its opening. I will tell you more about the restaurant Sinne later – perhaps something for you too to look forward to!