I used to think that Hakaniemi market hall had the best fish shops in the city. I have changed my mind. Tukkutorin Kala at Teurastamo has stolen the pole position.
Let’s start the praise with the essentials: Tukkutorin Kala has excellent and fresh selection of fish and seafood: Salmon, perch, pike, cod, mackerel, burbot, mussels, sepia, octopus, fish bones, you name it. A big part of their fish is of Finnish origin. They also have small but carefully thought selection of seasoned goodies: gravlax, smoked salmon and lampreys, skagen, herring in flavoured sauce. And they have real caviar.
In addition to fish, they are happy to give advice in how to cook the fish. I sometimes go and ask “what should I cook for dinner today?” I’ve gotten great tips for example about rye-fried burbot and cod cheek in tomato sauce.
And that’s not all. Tukkutorin Kala is also an excellent fish restaurant. They have a kitchen and a few tables in the shop, and they cook the most amazing fish dishes from the freshest ingredients. On weekends they serve brunch: seafood buffet as a starter, dish of the day as main course and coffee with a small sweet. The restaurant environment is not the most romantic, but the food is really competing with world class fish restaurants.
400 meters from Kalasatama metro station
Closest city bike station: Teurastamo