Welcome to the Rome 2016 extravaganza! I’ll try to do a little write-up of the vacation in Rome that we had just last week. First things first, I’ll have to begin with a critique of the new Finnair policy of “randomly” picking seats on the plane.
With a family of five people, almost every one of us was distributed around the plane in different rows and you can imagine the horror of seating a first-time airplane travelling four year old child by themselves on a the plane. Now I do understand that they need to make more money, but this new policy of breaking up families (and other groups) on the plane is just too greedy. Shame on them. I did by the adjacent seats for the flight back and they did manage (after a phone call) to get the four year old to sit with the mother for the flight over there.
Anyhow, the flight to Rome went well and the service on the plane was as good as ever. But that is not the issue for this article. What to do on the Helsinki-Vantaa airport for food early in the morning?
Surprisingly (or not?) the best breakfast is outside the security gates, so leave a little early and go to the Cesar’s Little Italy on the ground floor of the Terminal 2. There is a breakfast buffet (9,90e, less for the children) that has all the usual fare of a Nordic hotel breakfast.
That means: Bread (many types, including croissants and buns), veggies (tomato, salad, cucumber, pickled cucumber, berries etc), deli meats, cheese slices, scrambled eggs, meatballs (or wieners, can’t remember), granola, yogurt, porridge, tea, coffee, milk, juices and non-alcoholic “home beer” (Kvass). There is also some wine, Cava etc on sale at the counter, where the buffet is paid for.
The breakfast was good, with an extensive selection of fresh ingredients to choose from. Buffet also works well for a family, as everyone can pick the things that they want and the whole process went very smoothly. The kids liked it as did I. And at this price this was easily the most cost-efficient restaurant on the premises. The price gouging going on after the security gates is even more horrible than what I remembered from the past.
The restaurant is clean and pretty stylish, with a Nordic look and feel. But it is also an airport restaurant, which means cold and efficient. The service was fast and friendly and they did give a discount for the children, even though it was not mentioned on the menu. For the vegetarians there is e.g. porridge and berries and veggies for a sandwich.
As a side-note, the blog got up to number 10 on the Finnish Top 100 ruokablogit, which is the highest so far. So hurrah for that.
|URL||Cesar’s Little Italy|
|Osoite||Helsinki-Vantaa airport T2, Vantaa, Finland|