How Tintå cured my hangover

 

I have a confession: I am such a devoted carnivore that I struggle enjoying any food that hasn’t got meat with it. The only exception to this pretty hard and fast rule is sticky toffee pudding, because anyone who doesn’t like sticky toffee pudding is just a monster. Yeah, I said it.

 

Anyway – the reason why I am sharing this with you is that so far in my 30+ years I have never ordered a vegetarian meal, ever, and had no intention of ever doing so, until hubby and I happened to come across Tintå, a wine bar by the Aura Bridge in Turku, Finland.

 

To be fair it was the promise of over hundred wines on offer that got us in through the doors, but promises of gourmet pizzas and a weekday lunch menu kinda helped too. Also, as a minor history buff I was fascinated by this once an 18th Century stable with its original brick walls and arched doorway.

 

 

But I digress. I’m here to talk about the food. The staff were super sympathetic to two weary travellers who were feeling the effects of a night of whisky tasting, and suggested we try the falafel flatbread. I suppose I was in no condition to disagree when they promised it would sort me right out because before I knew it, I was sat in a table with an enormous jug of water, a glass of wine and a hope that I would feel better imminently.

 

And boy, did I! I mean the food in this place is so fresh, it’s so well-made, it’s perfectly seasoned and spiced and the only criticism I could muster in the end was that there could have been more of it. Not because I was still hungry but because I was being greedy. It was just so good.

 

 

So the falafels are hand-rolled on a hand-stretched flatbread, topped with some fresh salad, salty olives, creamy sauce and crunchy chickpeas, which in my humble opinion are a fecking revelation. Sounds awesome? It bloody was.

 

What’s also pretty awesome about this place is the atmosphere. It’s got this buzzing, excited aura about it and I’m a sucker for places where you feel like you’re part of the shenanigans even if you’re not, really. Also, top staff knowing exactly how to alleviate a banging hangover, although I have it on good authority that this is a general Finnish trait.

 

So yeah, OK. I think I may have been converted to at least trying the veggie option going forward. I mean, wouldn’t you?

 

 

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  • David Elliott

    Good food is good food, no matter where it comes from. Whether it’s beef or anything else. I am sure I would love it.

  • Looks so great and i am sure it is delicious too xo

    http://www.theninebyivana.blogspot.com

  • Yum, looks delicious! I love meat too but I’ve also learned to love vegetarian food, at some point I even ate only vegetarian food 2 days a week. I’m happy to hear you have found yourself liking vegetarian food, it’s healthy and makes you feel good and light. 🙂

    Nora / https://dreamerachiever.com

  • This looks so delicious. I am a big fan of falafel.

  • happy nami

    Falafels are one of my favourites! This looks delicious!

    Tadeja
    http://www.happynami.com/discover-budapest-in-48-hours-see-and-do/

  • This Curvy Life

    This looks incredibly delicious. Hangovers are the worst tho. This might make you feel a bit better 🙂

  • Hannah Chau

    I’m just like you! I’m a carnivore through and through. But I think this looks delicious and maybe, just maybe, I would order that some day!

    http://www.chauadventure.com

  • Even for vegetarian 😉 that meal looks pretty darn amazing!!!

    • Katja Knox

      See, I used to say that I don’t like chardonnay, but after going out with a wine buff it turned out that it was just because I’d only ever had *bad* chardonnay. I am sure the same policy applies here: I’ve only ever had *bad*veggie meals. Total change now! I am converted! 🙂