Helsinki's food scene, coming on strong

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  1. Sleek, chic Savoy is perched eight stories up in a Helsinki, Finland, office building, with simple, elegant dishes that echo the decor. Picture: Savoy
  2. The philosophy guiding Filip Langhoff, chef at Restaurant Ask in Helsinki, Finland, is that diners shouldnt be mystified by the ingredients that appear before them. The fish, including Baltic herring, might be the best catch of your life. Picture: Restaurant Ask
  3. A mere 26 seats, the dining room at Restaurant Ask, in Helsinki, Finland, is a study in economy. An arched wooden ceiling and black-and-white sketches of nature make up the nonedible design. Picture: Restaurant Ask
  4. At Chef& Sommelier, chef Sasu Laukkonen makes some of the most fascinating food in Helsinki (although, in classic Finnish style, he calls it finessed, not fine, dining).

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