On a Helsinki street corner, a Finnish family savours Indian deep-fried lentil patties with yoghurt and chutney, devouring the rich, exotic morsels for much-needed warmth in the November chill.
Jaakko Latikka, Krista Kujala and their two young sons are grabbing a bite to eat on Restaurant Day, when ordinary people open “pop-up” eateries for a day and serve food out of their own kitchens or on street corners.
The family enjoys an Indian dish called Dahi Bhalla, cooked by Mumbai expats Nikhil Salian and Krupesh Kothari and served on plastic plates from a knee-high table on the street.
The boys, Antti and Lauri, complain of the cold, but at the first taste of the patties they forget the subzero temperatures.
“It’s good!” they declare in unison.
Restaurant Day started in Finland earlier this year, “a one-day carnival in favor of free-spirited restaurant and food culture”, according to the Facebook page created by its organisers.
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