Sen Chay

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Siltasaarenkatu 3-5, Helsinki, Finland, 00530

Small vegetarian restaurant located in the Hakaniemi area, behind Aktia bank. Offers mainly Vietnamese cuisine with fried rice, fried noodles, pho, and other choices with tofu and vegetables. Food is available for pre-ordering and takeaway. Reported May 2017 to be now fully vegan. Open Mon-Fri 9:00am-8:00pm, Sat-Sun 12:00pm-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Take-out, Asian, Vietnamese

25 Reviews

First Review by veganpolyglot

Awesome - Edit

Great food, I had a big bowl of pho and it was one of the best. The service was quick and the staff friendly.

Pros: Yummy food, Friendly staff , Quick service

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Vietnamese vegan delight - Edit

Very flavorful and lots of vegan options. Quick service. Small place good for laid back lunch.

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If you like Vietnamese food......... - Edit

After the cool. even rude welcome we received upon entering the restaurant we were delighted with the food. It was delicious , plentiful and reasonably priced for this part of the world.
However we didn't much appreciate the rude waitress sweeping and washing the floor as we ate our meal.

Pros: Good food, Good quantity , Good price

Cons: Poor service, Long wait, Uncomfortable seating

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Overwhelming choice of vegan Asian dishes - Edit

Overwhelming choice. Good taste. No desserts.

Pros: wide choice, good taste

Cons: way to restroom not very inviting, service could be better, no desserts

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Solid vegan restaurant - Edit

Easy going place with really good vegan food. It's not a high-end place but something you would stop in SE Asia. Rare vegan jewel in Helsinki with deep knowledge on how to prepare tofu and soy!

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Hidden treasure - Edit

Tofu with paprika tasted a bit like beef, but in a good way for a vegan. :) Well seasoned and delicous portion. This is going to ne my new favourite place, now that I found it.

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Delicious - Edit

A little out of the way restaurant but busy every time we visited. There kitchen is tiny, every dish appears to be cooked individually and fresh (great but might mean a little wait). Any wait is worth it though because everything we tried was absolutely delicious. I loved it so much we visited three times in only a week.

It would be nice to see some food labelling for allergies and to know that the tofu is gmo free, etc.

Another vegan must in Helsinki.

Pros: Delicious, Cooked fresh, Friendly staff

Cons: Not completely vegan, No real food labelling

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Amazing summer rolls! - Edit

I love this place. The summer rolls they have on the menu (Salads/1) is absolutely amazing. The portion is large, five rolls, it always satisfies me (and I take the rest home with me).

I've tasted only one or two warm dishes, and they weren't really my thing... But summer rolls, ahh. They're fantastic.

Pros: Delicious summer rolls

Cons: Small place

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Cheap & fulfilling food - Edit

I was very positively surprised finding this place - a nice location, very tasty & flavorful food + good prices! We ordered tofu stir fry with broccoli in peanut sauce and the soup, both were extremely tasty, fulfilling and below 10 euros/dish (also, need to mention nice big portions). Very amazed! Lovely place. Disadvantage, however, is that they don't serve any desserts at all...

Pros: Inexpensive, Fulfilling, Very flavorful

Cons: No desserts

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Unexpected find in Helsinki! - Edit

Was visiting Helsinki and found this via HappyCow. Really tasty.

They tell you what is vegan if you ask and I had a really nice curry soup which had some barbecued TVP. They made some rice flour pancakes which were vegan as well and were really delicious too. The chili sauce was really spicy, which was welcome as a lot of chili sauce is not vegetarian at Asian restaurants.

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Hidden gem? - Edit

Sen Chay is a bit hidden, walking from Hakaniemi marketplace towards the bridge, left hand sided in a "back"yard. I would have never known about it if I did not pass the sign "vegan vegetarian smoothie" almost every day ;)
So today I finally went there with a friend - and definitely it won't be the last time! While I had broccoli, paprika, fried tofu and nuts ("nut curry, if I remember correctly) my otherwise omni friend chose Pho soup. Mine was very tasty, not extra-ordinary, but especially for Finland, nicely spiced and made from fresh vegetables. My friend has quite high expectations of Pho soup and she also liked it :)
My dish cost 9,50€, what might seem not too cheap, but for Finnish standards it is OK and the portion was just right, filling, but not too much. They also had a lunch list of three dishes, which were unsignificantly cheaper than the normal price (about 1€, if I remember correctly).
The service was nice and the atmosphere cozy enough to stay for a while for chatting :)

Recommendable!

Pros: tasty, fresh ingredients, friendly service

Cons: lunch not much cheaper than normal

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Thumbs up for serving only vegetarian! - Edit

This must be one of only two Asian places in Helsinki that don't serve meat. Which is awesome. The food was good, and their menu is just as messy as anywhere.

You need to go through the gate to get in the inner yard of the building. They usually have a sign pointing to the restaurant.

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not vegan, but good - Edit

I don't know why the happy cow label says vegan because they do use yogurt and eggs here. Almost everything is vegan though.

I got a mango smoothie and the broccoli peanut tofu and the first was ok, the tofu dish was delicious.

Affordable, hard to find, but a great place to eat in a good location. The people were nice.

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All the meals are either vegetarian or vegan - Edit

Really good asian vegetarian/vegan food. The restaurant is little bit hidden, so you have to know where to look for it. Nice, friendly service.

Pros: Only vegetarian/vegan food, thumbs up!, Good tastes, Nice service

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Great flavors - Edit

This is a really nice Vietnamese restaurant near Hakaniemi. The dishes are flavorful and the portions are generous.

Pros: Excellent food, Good value

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yummi! - Edit

This little bit hidden restaurant had pretty good lunch for us. We took filled tomatoes and a noodlesoup and both were delicious. The friendly and nice two ladies cooked after our order (so it needed some time, but worthy!). we had an gingertea (which was ok) and a juice from carrot and pinapple (which we liked).
The prices are for helsinki pretty good. With drinks we payed 24 Euro.
So, we recommend to go there!

Pros: good choice, freshly prepared, inexpensive

Cons: not organic

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Delicious - Edit

We were traveling in Helsinki over the Christmas/ NYE holidays and decided to try this place. The food was so delicious we went back for lunch the next day. Highly recommend. The owners are wonderful and make their own hot sauce.

Cons: no alcohol, pretty basic

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Good lunch - Edit

Sen chay has reasonable prices on Helsinki-scale. It offers good lunch, so if you are in the neighbourghood, I recommend it. The place is quite small so take-away is also a good choice.

Pros: Nice service, Good basic lunch, Lots of vegan options

Cons: Not solely vegan

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Happy Camper - Edit

How lucky am I to be staying in a hotel around the corner from this place? Great food, great prices. Enough said.

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The best place for vegans in Helsinki - Edit

THE BEST IN TOWN!
Good sized portions, reasonable pricing, friendly service, beautifully served food from fresh ingredients. Great chilli sauce to add! Maybe a little slow, but I'm willing to wait if it's prepared from scratch. Broad menu. The place is a little hidden, didn't find it at all when it was closed, the a-stand during opening hours will help. Venue is not so amazing, but sympathetic.

Pros: Interesting and beautifully served food, Broad selection, mostly vegan, Inexpensive

Cons: Location

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Delicious vegan food - Edit

I've now eaten four different portions with spring rolls and even a avocado smoothie. They've all been super yummy! This restaurant is one of my favourite spots to get vegan Asian food. The Vietnamese dishes, along with Thai and Japanese fusion make their offering quite unique. Taking into account the tasty and quality ingredients with great service make the prices almost a steal, ranging from 7-12 euros for a meal.

Pros: quality, price, service

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Sympathetic little vegetarian restaurant - Edit

So many interesting vegan options that it's difficult to choose! Portions also differ from other asian restaurants in Helsinki. Most of the portions are vegan (marked on menu) or vegetarian and available also vegan. They don't use much spices, but you can add some hot chili if you like.

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Delightful Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant - Edit

This small simple place is a lovely addition to the vegetarian restaurant scene in Helsinki. Sen Chay's menu has a nice selection of interesting dishes and vegan options are marked. Flavours are fairly mild - typical to Vietnamese food - but you can add chili and salt to your taste. Service is extremely friendly and nice.

Pros: 1st totally vegetarian Asian restaurant, interesting menu, lovely, friendly service

Cons: small place

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spacey - Edit

This "new" restaurant was a surprise! I would not have known about it without HappyCow. They are located in Hakaniemi by a busy road, but nothing reveals that there is a nice vegetarian (egg in some dish) restaurant with five tables. A very small sign by the road says "Nouto Herkku" (takeaway deli), but really there are tables and it is suitable for dining out. Finding your way around a corner into the backyard you see an open sign and "Sen" on the window. I only visited once sofar. I had the wokked vegetables. I would describe the food as honest. I quite like it that way. No extra aroma intensifiers and chemicals that many Asian wok restaurants might add to the food to gain customers. This was genuine taste from fresh vegetables. If you like spicy food there was soy sauce and chilli sauce on the table to help. The staff was friendly and my dish was prepared reasonably fast.

Pros: honest pure food, good location, space and atmosphere for dining out

Cons: no springroll as side dish available yet

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The only Asian vegetarian restaurant in Helsinki - Edit

Visited there 3 times recently. They have a pretty long menu with Vietnamese style food. Those that we tried have been very flavourful, certainly the best veg food in Helsinki.

Most of the menu is vegan, the owners promised to mark which ones when we asked yesterday. The menu is in Finnish, but it does have pictures of the dishes. Haven't asked if they speak English or not.

The owners recently turned vegetarian themselves and turned the restaurant along with them.

The ingredients seem very fresh indeed. The cooking takes a while from the menu; if in a hurry, better choose one of the quick lunch options from the board.

Check their Facebook page for their opening times, they may be changing in the beginning.

Pros: A la carte menu with many choices, Very tasty food, Reasonable prices

Cons: They cook relatively slow, Opening times may vary, check facebook, No English menu

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