Crowded but cozy. These two words come immediately to my mind while visiting the VIP opening ceremony of the latest Latin American restaurant Oficina on Thursday evening at Kaivopiha in Helsinki centre, where the DJ is playing music but the facilities are designed for socialising.
The restaurant is filled with ladies in chic outfits and men wearing casual black, which make the colourful walls stand out. The visitor is taken into a cellar-like space, into a kind of a small labyrinthine, which after a few surprising turns becomes familiar.
The guests were handed a handful of drink vouchers, which got you a sweet lager called Sunshine, with a close resemblance to the world-famous Corona. The shot of the evening was called Bang Bang, a popular Mexican shot which is based on Tequila. This particular drink was spicy like the Latin food. The vouchers included one more special drink, which tasted fruity and the name began with X . . . but I forgot the rest. Blame it on the Bang Bang.
The house offered also samples of food from their menu. My friend, who tasted the food, said the pork with nachos was delicious.
We sat in a room in the back where the walls were painted in red but the colours of the rainbow were everywhere among the saints, which decorated the walls.
Overall, Oficina is a welcome addition to the demand of relaxing places to begin your evening in the centre area but the restaurant provides a place to stay a bit longer too.
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