Foodie Tip in Helsinki – Pastor Restaurant
A few weeks ago, we went to a Peruvian restaurant called Pastor. In fact, it’s a mix of bar and restaurant and it’s quite busy! The ambiance is modern and very beautiful; has different spaces to be seated and you can choose to hang out at the bar only! As good lovers of Peruvian cuisine (since I’m half Peruvian), we had to pay a visit and try it out!
On the menu, they serve a mix of Peruvian and Japanese flavors called Nikkei cuisine and, despite being out of the traditional, the food was amazing! It was silly to know that they didn’t had any Latino working at the kitchen, not even the chef!
The menu is adapted to the local palate, so even being very tasty it’s wasn’t very spicy. As a starter, I ordered the Casa Ceviche. I love ceviche and I could eat dishes and dishes of it. And to be honest, that’s what I did!
We also ordered the Bistek Tataki con Shiitake which was a Black Angus beef carpaccio with shimeji, shitake, red jalapeno pepper and a sensational sizzle made with mayonnaise and soy sauce. Both starter were great!
For the main course, remember what I said a few lines back? I kept looking and looking to the menu and I knew that there were more delicious things to try. However, I needed that ceviche again (judge me LOL)! I got to try everyone’s dish anyways, so it wasn’t that bad!
One of our orders was the Ají de Gallina! We are very familiarized in eating this; my mom makes a delicious one at home! The original dish is a shredded chicken with a yellow pepper sauce and eaten with rice, lettuce and boiled egg! It was a surprise when it arrived and there was a chicken breast fillet instead! We knew it wouldn’t be the same, since the description said that it had truffles and mushrooms. However, we thought it would be something at least visually similar!
The good thing is that, when we taste it, there was an explosion of flavors that do not exactly resemble that of original dish, but that is was very good! It’s really a fusion of tastes! The other dish was the Black Angus Lomo. This is a new version of Lomo Saltado they had and they just readapted a few months ago. For those who know Peruvian cuisine, the lomo saltado is a very typical dish. It is a stir fry that combines sirloin strips, potatoes, onions and tomatoes, and is also served with rice.
The one served by Pastor is a little different. It is made with grilled Black Angus sirloin, guasacaca (a sauce made with avocado), garlic purée and potato chips. There are no words that can describe how good it was! The interesting thing is that both dishes traditionally are eaten with rice. However, it’s not common here and we had to ask it as a side dish. To our surprise, what they had was like chaufa. And I love chaufa!
Chaufa is a fried rice, very typical in Peru. The one they had is called Takikomi Gohan and, even though, there were some different ingredients from the original version, the taste was similar and, once again, it surprised us! Ahh, talking about this, who remembers seeing on my Insta Stories a video of me showing a very fine slice of tuna (as that’s what we understood when we asked) moving? LOL it was quite bizarre, but visually, it was very cool!
Take a look at the video!
We also decided to order another side dish which was the Coliflor Frita Estilo Chifa to try it out. We thought it would be like a tempura, but it was not exactly like that. Anyway, it was good!
For dessert (yes, because we could not leave without it), we ordered a Tres Leches and a Crema Volteada. I have to say that from everything we tasted, the dessert was the least that I liked. Not that it was bad. No, not that! But after having all the other dishes and been surprised with they flavors, it wasn’t the same for with them.
The Tres Leches seemed as it was missing the fluffy vanilla cake they put on the description. You can also feel the three milks, but the dulce de leche was very little. I’m a former pastry chef; I understand that the presentation work is very important on a dish. However, there was only a tiny drop of it that we couldn’t even share.
The Crema Volteada is a milk pudding and the one they serve, did not have much to do with it. Although the description already said it was different, to my personal taste, it was a bit too much. It was a caramel cream, served with orange sorbet, orange sauce and a sesame biscuit.
To be honest, we didn’t know what to expect from the food. We didn’t know if it would really taste Peruvian, if they had Latine people making the food; if they would adapt a lot and it wouldn’t be that good. But at the end, even with all the mix of flavors, adaptations to the Finnish palate and using more local ingredients, such as mushrooms, it was a fantastic dinner. Our waitress was also great. She knew we were Peruvians and was happy to have us there. She would always check on us if we liked the combinations and everything was very nice indeed!
View of the Pastor Restaurant
Unfortunately, we were so excited about dinner that day that I totally forgot to take pictures of the dishes! The only video I made was that one up here! My bad LOL! Although, the good thing is I found these ones in Pastor’s Facebook!
The price of the dishes is not cheap, but it’s really worth the visit! The opening hours are from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday; from 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on Fridays and from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on Saturdays. It is located in Errontajankatu 4, Helsinki and as it is always busy, it’s better to make a reservation in advance!
So hope you enjoy the tip and try it out!
Lili is half Peruvian, half Brazilian, a dreamer Pisces kind of girl, curious, life lover and travel addicted! She`s been to 53 countries, loves to explore different cultures and to travel to the most unusual destinations. Currently lives in Finland, is a monthly columnist for the website Brasileiras pelo Mundo (a Brazilian platform of expat women) and founder of Hey, I am Lili. She believes that the most important things in life are to laugh out loud, a good wine and people she loves always around anywhere in this world!