Contemporary Japanese restaurants in Lombardy & The Lakes
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A dozen plus years and as many restaurants later, chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa still mixes continents and cuisines with a certain flair, though one wonders how far the franchise can stretch. You might have seen it all before (and with a lot less hooha), but the Milanese aren’t listening. The prices and the people-watching are better in the sultry bar downstairs, where the orange glow turns the overbronzed into Oompa Loompas.
Is this the ultimate in Milan-style Japanese dining? The dramatically designed space puts the spotlight on the kitchen which prepares traditional sashimi but also a variety of creative raw and rare dishes. Japanese technique dominates, while the menu flirts with Italian flavours and ingredients (including a carpaccio -style Angus beef). Meanwhile, shōchū cocktails appear to be the new negroni. Bookings are hard to come by; if you miss out, opt for some stylishly got-up takeaway.