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Helsinki's Palace restaurant regains coveted Michelin star

A revamped Palace restaurant received a Michelin star while five other Helsinki eateries retained their one-star status at an awards ceremony in Denmark.

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A new incarnation of Palace restaurant received a Michelin star after a 30-year hiatus. Image: Maru Lemmetty

At the restaurant world’s Oscars, the Michelin Awards, which were celebrated on Monday night in Århus, Denmark, Helsinki's re-launched Palace restaurant received a Michelin star while five other Finnish restaurants retained their Michelin-star status.

The star has an historic significance: many incarnations ago the landmark restaurant received Finland’s first Michelin star in 1987. Then called Palace Gourmet, the restaurant held onto its Michelin star for two years, until 1989.

The other five Michelin one-star restaurants on the prestigious 2019 Michelin list are all in Helsinki: Ask, Demo, Olo, Ora, and Grön. The Palace restaurant made its comeback under chef Eero Vottonen -- the legendary restaurant was closed for extensive renovations and re-opened in 2017 with Vottonen at the helm.

The Michelin Guide is an international ranking that has been awarding stars to the world’s best restaurants since 1930, with a three-star rating being the highest ranking on the scale.

One star means that the restaurant is very good and worth a stop. Two stars mean that the restaurant is worth a detour and offers excellent quality and skillfully crafted cuisine. Three stars signify that the establishment is worth a special journey for its exquisite food.

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