Fancy some good lunch in Vallila, Helsinki? Well, it might be difficult, because Vallila is not exactly know for it's wonderful cafes nor restaurants. It's the area in Helsinki, which is know for it's "school-food"-type of canteens with overpriced and tasteless meals. I'm wondering, why it's like that, because the area is rather nice and it's becoming more popular. Vallila is waiting for the (young) innovative businessmen - and women.
Fortunately in the beginning of summer a brave family came and founded a small daytime cafe/lunch place just next to my workplace (thank you goddess!). It's so wonderful to have some other options for the lunch than those a bit fatigue Amica, Sodexho etc.
Coffee Bean is a neat place and they are serving warm lunches, sandwiches and very tasty salads. Wonderful thing is that they make the salads ready while you're waiting. You don't need to eat anything, which has been there waiting for you since early morning. My favourites are warm goat cheese salad (heaven) and salmon salad. Both take even bigger hunger away.
Plus the staff is the friendliest ever.
PS. A secret: they make sushi every Wednesday. Be early, if you fancy some.
Their sushi is not that amazing. Rice is strange and fishes have seen the better days. Salads are still great though.