Eating Traditional Finnish Food (in a restaurant)

So, after a bit of pestering, the elder Finn said that she would take the Baker and the non-baker out for a traditional Finnish meal. Neither the Baker nor the non-baker is particularly familiar with Finnish food and so they did not know what to expect. But the elder Finn had read an article in The Helsinki Times on this very subject and so had picked out a restaurant to go to. They were all willing to share food and so the Baker and the non-baker let the elder Finn order appetizers and main dishes for them in Finnish and were ready to be surprised. It was a wonderful decision on their part because the food was delicious.
The Elder Finn had ordered a trio of appetizers. (From right to left): First there was a dark rye bread with a sort of mushroom potato salad on top and then some very thinly sliced reindeer, which the Finn insisted that the Baker and the non-baker try since they had never eaten reindeer before.
Then there was a Finnish sausage of venison with a bourbon mustard sauce and reduced vinegar on the plate.
And lastly there was a flat white bread with whitefish, sour cream and dill. After that they had their main dishes, which they also decided to serve in small portions so that everyone would get to try some of everything that the Finn had decided to order.
(From right to left): The first dish was sort of complicated. It was a light rye bread with a salad underneath, shrimp, whitefish and salmon on top with baby tomatoes and slices of cucumber. There was also a cream sauce on the side as well as a wonderful (though unexpected, as it did not show up in the description) poached egg.
Next there were cabbage rolls. These were pieces of cabbage stuffed with mushrooms. And they were served on top of a bed of boiled, sliced beets served with a cream beet sauce.
And, last, but certainly not least there were traditional Finnish spiced beef meatballs. They were served with a brandy cream gravy, mashed potatoes, more sliced preserved (pickled) beets, and pickles.
Then they were all full with the warm food. And so they got the check. However, unlike in America, where the Baker and the non-baker reside, chocolates are provided with the bill instead of mints. The Baker very much approves of this way of ending a meal.

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