December’s restaurant of the Month is Hangon Makaronitehdas a restaurant that makes hand made pasta. It’s situated in Jumbo Shopping Centre.
The last Months of the year in Finland can get you down a little, there’s no day light and the energy levels are low. You need food for you body and soul. Luckily that is excatly what we found at Hangon Makaronitehdas.
Jumbo has a wide selection of restaurants and cafe’s so if your mind is not set on something it’ll be a hard choice. We had a craving for pasta so we headed to the second floor of the shopping centre to the Makaronitehdas. It was lunch time and there were quite a few people there but it wasn’t crowded and we didn’t have to wait to be seated. The atmosphere, from the very second you walk in, is really relaxing and easy going. The staff is really friendly and chatty. Inside the restaurant it doesn’t feel like you’re in a shopping centre anymore and all the hustle and bustle remain at the door step.
The menu is really delicious. There were so many good options but finally we went for the sausage pasta. Hand made sausages seasoned with fennel in a slightly spicy tomato sauce. It was excatly what I needed to warm me up and boost my energy levels.
The pasta is prepared there in the restaurant and they use ecological ingredients. The restaurant also specializes in sparkling wines and champagnes that compliment the food nicely.
Here’s photo of my bowl of sausage pasta!
All the people around us seemed really happy with their dishes as well. All we could hear was: “This is delicious.” “This is really tasty.” Seems like people have really found this only recently opened restaurant. It has been operating in Jumbo shopping centre since Feb 2016. The waitress told us that people come all throughout the day some for lunch, families after shopping, groups of friends before/after going to the movies. And she also added that you can order all the dishes in different sizes so that if you go with a group of friends you can order many different small pasta dishes and share them.
I was so full after my pasta but luckily the waitress talked me into trying their (lactose free!!) artesan fondant chocolate ice-cream. In three words: to die for. A perfect finish to a perfect lunch!
Mon-Sat 10:30 – 21:00
Sun 11:00 – 18:00