At the beginning of October this year, Helsinki's Chez Dominique closed indefinitely. For Helsinki, and Finland, it was a big shake up.
The two Michelin-starred Chez Dominique was Finland's highest awarded restaurant, having been featured on the World's 50 Best restaurant list alongside numerous other accolades.
But after 15 years at the helm of what's arguably Finland's best restaurant, chef/patron Hans Välimäki has decided he would take a hiatus to concentrate on his other restaurants.
So it was lights out for Chez Dominique; Finland's culinary scene seemingly dimmed a little too.
Thankfully, the curtains weren't drawn for long.
A short month later, on the 1st of November, a new restaurant opened at the site of Chez Dominique.
Sandlådan, meaning kids playground or sandbox, is a temporary project from Chez Dominique's head chef and pastry chef Toni Toivanen and Eric Räty.
Open for two months only, the chefs are looking to use the empty shell of their former restaurant to explore their own culinary limits.
Gone are the classically French-led food. Instead, there's is a dollop of Japanese here, a dash of Mediterranean there but, essentially, the food is boundary-pushing Finnish culinary experiments without the pressures of Michelin stars.
It's certainly a rarely seen meeting of skill and uninhibited exploration but a similar movement away from classical cuisine is happening all over the design-led capital. Helsinki's restaurant scene, it seems, is peppered with young chefs exploring Finnish culinary heritage in their own way.
At Restaurant Spis, chefs Antero Aurivuo and Jaakko Kinnunen are creating what they're calling new Nordic cuisine. It is as you imagined it - small plates with lots of foraged ingredients and an incredibly interesting wine list. A21, better known for their cocktail bar, asks the diners to sample cocktails matched to their Finnish-centric menu. Restaurant Grotesk meanwhile, combines a Helsinki focused menu with a modern brasserie offering.
The growth of Finnish cuisine in Helsinki isn't surprising. Since 2000, restaurants around the capital have been offering HelsinkiMenu where you can try traditional Finnish cuisine, reinterpreted and reinvented.
Even the regular folks are playing masterchef during the city's Restaurant Day where residents are allowed to create pop-up restaurants just about anywhere. The event is now so popular, it takes place four times a year. The next one is coming up on the 16th of November.
So while Finland's best restaurant is no more, Helsinki's restaurant scene is hotter than ever.
Travel and stay
Finnair operates daily flights from London to Helsinki.
Hotel GLO Kluuvi is perfectly situated in the centre of Helsinki and offers traditional Finnish breakfast options as well as regular continental breakfast.
You can find out more about the restaurant scene in Helsinki, including details on HelsinkiMenu and Restaurant Day on www.visithelsinki.fi