Finnair Business Lounge (non-schengen), Helsinki

Roast vegetables Finnair Business Lounge Helsinki
Rating: 7/10

Finnair Business Lounge (non-schengen), Helsinki

I finally had the opportunity to check out the new Finnair Business Lounge in the non-schengen terminal of Helsinki-Vantaa. Last few times I have flown out of Helsinki airport I have visited the Platinum Wing (as Oneworld Emerald), but it was shut when I flew through in January 2022 (and still is at the time of posting this review) so it was off to the newly refurbished Business Lounge I went.

And it was pretty good! The food options weren’t as extensive as the Platinum Wing (which is to be expected), but there was still variety that would cover a range of tastes and appetites.

I loved that I could easily create a balanced meal that was delicious.

And of course no Finnair lounge would be complete without Marimekko and Iittala designs so it a was great to see these designs in the lounge too.

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A variety of vegetables/salads dishes, gnocchi and mince patties

Whats Healthy?

  • Two roast vegetable dishes were on offer – Roast Potatoes and Root Vegetable and Potato Pie. Not only were both delicious, but what I really liked from a nutrition perspective is they weren’t too oily or fatty. Just enough to add some flavour without adding extra calories for no reason.
  • I also loved the root vegetable pie – it offered a chance to eat a range of root vegetables, providing a chance to get different nutrients. While I don’t have a problem with potatoes, it is great to get more yellow and orange vegetables in your diet. These colours bring their own range of antioxidants and phytonutrients which are great for health.
Roast vegetables Finnair Business Lounge Helsinki
Roast vegetables Finnair Business Lounge (non schengen)
  • Hello salad! Having salad vegetables served like this are always great for adding a nutrient boost to your plate. You can make yourself a garden salad to have on the side of your meal, you can load up your plate and use these salad ingredients as the majority of your meal, or you can grab some tomato and cucumber to snack on.
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Salads Finnair Business Lounge (non schengen)
  • What I loved about this wheat salad dish is most of the flavour came from herbs, rather than being drowned in dressing. It was quite a light and flavoursome salad, with a decent amount of vegetables mixed through (I would have liked it to be half-half but this is a good start).
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Wheat Salad with Herbs
  • I thought hard about where to place the gnocchi dish – it didn’t automatically get placed in the ‘healthy’ category. Gnocchi are made mainly from potatoes, wheat flour and semolina and so are quite low fibre/carbohydrate heavy. If the gnocchi were served in a cream (i.e. a calorie heavy sauce) I would have placed it in the ‘caution’ section. But this gnocchi dish is a tomato, garlic and toasted nut based sauce (Romesco Sauce), and served with some vegetables which provides more nutrients and antioxidants than a cream based sauce. So I have placed it here, but be mindful that it is a carbohydrate heavy dish and so adding a side salad would be a great idea.
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Gnocchi in Romesco Sauce (right)
  • Hello rye bread! What I love about travelling with Finnair is that rye bread is usually on offer! Typically a denser type of bread, rye bread usually has more fibre than breads based on wheat.
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Selection of breads including rye bread (top left)

Not so great (caution).

  • The sweet foods on offer in this lounge during my visit were two types of cookies (a dark chocolate and a white chocolate and oatmeal), and also a cherry slice. These foods didn’t seem to offer any benefits for health from what I could tell and so I would classify them as discretionary foods which should be limited in the diet. This is why they land in the ‘caution’ section.
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Cookies and cherry slice
  • Mince patties in a creamy sauce, while delicious, has the potential to be high in calories. If you haven’t prepared a mince dish yourself it can be hard to know how lean the mince is. Add on top of that a creamy sauce, which usually has a high content of cream will just add to the fat and energy content of the dish without providing many beneficial nutrients. If you chose to eat a dish like this then just take a small drizzle of sauce – enough to give some delicious flavours while balancing out the calorie content.
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Mince patties in creamy mushroom sauce (left)
  • While the Caesar Salad is technically a ‘salad’ unfortunately this version is mostly made from iceberg lettuce, paremsan cheese shavings and a creamy dressing. While I never say no to any vegetables, iceberg lettuce isn’t very nutrient rich – it is low in calories and has a high water density. On its own this would be a good to add as a side to other more nutrient rich foods when flying, however when it has a creamy, calorie rich dressing added to it the benefits become less. If you love creamy dressing, I would choose it on a salad full of brightly coloured vegetables which contain a whole range of nutrients, so the cons of the high calorie dressing are more balanced out by the nutrient richness of the foods. But here I would leave it and choose the mixed leaves without dressing and which contain some darker green leaves (which are more nutrient rich).
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Caesar Salad
  • What’s this I hear you ask? Why has she got the same bread photo in both the ‘healthy’ and ‘caution’ section? While the rye breads get the thumbs up from me, as usual white breads are not great options. The menu lists foccacia bread which is quite an oily, low fibre white bread which I do not advocate for, however foccacia is not in this picture. What I wanted to highlight in this picture is the Finnish Rice Pastries. Now don’t get me wrong – I love them and think they taste delicious. They have a rye crust, rice filling and are served with egg butter on top. But they are quite moreish and easy to overeat. So just be careful and remember not to double up on both bread and these pastries if you are eating them. I usually have one when flying Finnair because they are a novelty for me, however if I was flying Finnair all the time I would limit them and have them more as a treat.
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Breads on offer in the Finnair Business Lounge (non-schengen)
  • There were crisps and biscuits available for snacks, alongside the cookies and and cake at the main buffet. It was great to see these were laid out in small bowls- this may help encourage people to take smaller portions.
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Snack foods in the Finnair Business Lounge (non-schengen)

Last word from travel food and nutrition review for Finnair Business Lounge (non schengen) Helsinki

A simple, yet flavoursome, offering in the Finnair Business Lounge (non schengen) in Helsinki. I think some people may find the variety of dishes on offer lacking or too simple for an international business class lounge, however I wonder if the offerings will expand now travel is picking up after the Omicron wave that was happening in January when I visited.

From a nutrition perspective, the buffet options that were on offer were fairly good. I liked that it was easy to build a balanced, healthy meal, and while there were some snack foods on offer, there weren’t too many. I found it fairly easy to eat well in this lounge which I loved!

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Menu at Finnair Business Lounge (non schengen) Helsinki

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NOTE: All pictures are my own and I review a lounge from just the foods and menu I see during my visit. There may be different options available at other times.

Airport Reviews

Airline Lounge Nutrition Review Rating:
7/10
Name:
Finnair Business Lounge, non schengen area
Airline:
Finnair
Location:
Helsinki - Vantaa
Class:
Business
Time of Visit/Date:
3pm, 17 January 2022
Lounge Food Serving Style (Self-serve / Al la Carte):
Self-serve
Style/Theme of Food:
Finnish
Allergy and Intolerance information available:

Finnair has a number of special dietary requirements it has on its food dish labels including Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Low Lactose, Milk Free and Vegetarian. These dietary labels are not on the main buffet menu, but on the individual labels next to the food dishes.

Finnair also has a notice for other dietary requirements:

Ask our staff for gluten-free products and for information on allergens the products may contain and on the suitability of products to special diets.

Is there a limit to the amount of food you can have?:
No

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