Helsinki is now home to VILLD, Finland's first all-vegan fine dining restaurant, by self-taught chef and food entrepreneur Ossi Paloneva. Paloneva identified the opportunity to create an experience that combines vegan cooking and fine dining, as the concept hadn't been fully realized before, even with the rise in popularity of plant-based eating.
VILLD sets itself apart by using foraged wild ingredients, local plants and traditional cooking techniques like smoking, dehydrating and fermenting. By using these methods, Paloneva remarks that "We turn the ingredients into powerful multi-sensorial experiences."
Some of the signature plant-based dishes on the restaurant's menu include cold wood sorrel soup with smoked lupin and charred onion, as well as drinks like homemade kombucha and herb cold brew.
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