If you thought the only Scandinavian influence on Melbourne came in the form of flat-packed furniture from IKEA, think again. Located in an unusually quiet pocket of Carlisle Street, Finn is the product of chef Marcus Wilson and his wife, Laura Winter — who, funnily enough, just so happens to be Finnish.
Think of quaint floral porcelain saucers, sweetly rustic furniture and Nordic-inspired dishes with a modern twist. Open daily for the first two meals of the day (and all the snacks you can fit in between), the obvious choice on the menu is the breakfast board ($19) – it's both a substantial and visually appetising choice. A selection of granola, hard-boiled egg, hummus, salmon, duck rillette and cheese alongside a baguette will capture both the sweet and savoury in you. For something a bit lighter, the almond milk chia pudding with strawberry and rhubarb compote topped with cacao nibs and dehydrated strawberries ($9.80) demonstrates a refreshing balance of flavours and thoughtful presentation.
The counter is flocked by fresh pastries and baked goods that sit atop a glass cabinet which boasts a selection of glorious salads such as watermelon, rocket and goat's cheese, and ready-made baguettes. Modern-style dishes ensure you can still get your fill of kale and quinoa at Finn, while the dining situation pops with bursts of colourful flowers, varying between private and communal.
Finn is a delightful little addition to a modest part of St Kilda – we're not sure how long this charm will stay a secret.