Old log storehouse atmosphere on the Tervasaari Island
Restaurant Savu is located on the Tervasaari island, on the eastern shore of Helsinki center. The red Tervasaari storehouse, built in 1805 for storing tar barrels, creates an unique milieu for Savu. In the old days households were counted based on the number of smoke (=Savu) plumes you could see rising from a village. Restaurant Savu is the only "savu" on Island Tervasaari. At Savu we also use smoke-curing, which is one of the oldest methods of cooking, in preparing the starters and main courses.
Smoke and tar flavours
During hundreds of years tar has played a very important role in Finnish culture. Tar has been used to lengthen lifetime of different goods, like tar ropes, and it has also been used in folk medicine. Tar has also had an important role in preparing and flavouring food. At restaurant Savu tar flavour is used daily in cooking. At Savu you will enjoy appetizers and main courses smoked with various methods or seasoned with smoke or tar aromas. The dessert menu is short but tasty. The classic dessert is pancakes prepared by our special pancake chef. With pancakes you will get several delicious accompaniments, and also pine tar! At Savu you also have an opportunity to taste tar flavoured beer and schnapps. Also a special tar ceremony can be reserved for groups in advance.
For celebrations, private events and meetings
In addition to a 90-seat dining room there is one private room in the storehouse loft. In the summer you can enjoy à la carte dishes also on the cosy, and partly covered, outdoor terrace by the sea. The historical storehouse provides a unique milieu also for meetings and private events.
Savu is open year-round. Our à la carte menu offers seasonal delicacies and changes five times per year. Starting from 9th April until Midsummer our smoked delicacies are accompanied by Asparagus prepared in different ways. Our summer menu in July-August includes grilled flavours and in September-Mid November autumn's harvest and Elk Feast Menu feature in the menu. In November and December the menu offers Christmas specialities. From January to March we serve Fondue.
We wish you pleasant taste experiences with Savu’s delicacies!
Sven Denis Tero Mikkonen
Head Chef Restaurant Manager
Tervasaarenkannas 3, 00170 Helsinki
tel. +358 9 7425 5574