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4. Poporoya - the authentic side of Japan
Born from an idea by Osaka-born Master Hirazawa Minoru, known as SHIRO, Poporoya reflects the true soul of Japan in all its facets. This intimate and cosy restaurant located in the viby district of Porta Venezia recalls the traditional sushi bars in Osaka, with small round stools, banners with Japanese writing and open-plan sushi counter. Thaks to its ideal value for money – without sacrificing top-quality ingredients – Poporoya is a must among youngsters, but not only, who particularly appreciate its raw fish selection. Cirashi, in all their versions, from salmon to mixed fish bowls up to the special “Hina cirashi” are among the best sellers, though maki and temaki with traditional and precious ingredients – such as freshly caught king crab – are worth trying. The menu also includes hot dishes such as noodles, gyoza dumplings and various soups, among which delicate yet tasteful oden soup.
NOTE: Please keep in mind that reservation is not available. If wishing to dine at Poporoya, make sure you reach the restaurant in advance, especially on weekends at it get crowded.
Address: via Bartolomeo Eustachi, 17
GPS: 45.47543, 9.21445
Phone: 02 29406797
Public Transport: M1 (red line) Porta Venezia
Open Sun and Mon 6pm-9.30pm; Tue-Sun 11.30am-2pm and 6pm-9.30pm.
5. Kitchen Society - sushi the Italian-Japanese way
Those who feel sushi has no more secrets to be unveiled might be thrilled to discover a new alternative to fusion cuisine. Located in Corso Sempione district in a rustic, feel-at-home loft spread over different levels, Kitchen Society daily serves tasty and innovative specialities which conjure up the painstaking attention to aesthetics and details of the Japanese cuisine with local ingredients and regional flavours of the Italian cuisine under the creativity of chef Alex Seveso. Among the best sellers, guests can savour the “sushi all’Italiana” (sushi the Italian way), featuring makis all shapes enhanced by ingredients such as olive oil, white truffles cream and pistachios from Bronte, as well as the fusion risottos. The Alex style uramaki rolls are a not-to-be-missed recipe, combining gilthead beam with butter and sage seasoning, as a modern interpretation of a traditional favourite from the Italian lake district. Kitchen Society’s wine list boasts a selection of precious Italian and kosher labels.
Address: Via Gerolamo Chizzolini 2
GPS: 45.4831, 9.16575
Phone: 340 6763939
Public Transport: M5 (purple line) Gerusalemme
Open Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm and 7.30pm-11.30pm. Sat 7.30pm-11.30pm. Closed on Sunday.
6. Temakinho - when Japan meets Brazil
Combining the stricter Japanese tradition with the exotic, fruity flavours of Brazilian cuisine is possible in Milan, in four different Temakinho restaurants. Featuring a colourful and welcoming ambience with Japanese bamboo elements and prints evocative of the Brazilian lush forests or of beachside huts, at Temakinho discerning diners can savour a selection of temaki, uramaki and rolls combining fresh fish, both row or gently cooked with ponzu sauce, seaweed and creative, contrasting fruit sauces made of maracuja, mango and passion fruit. The different creations also feature a crispy touch with almond, caramelized onions and vegetable chips as tasty toppings. Moreover, while dining at Temakinho, guests should keep in mind that each and every creation can be savoured at it best while sipping a freshly mixed cocktail, a traditional-style caipirinha, for example.
Temakinho was the first group to be certified ‘Friend of the Sea‘, the label that marks the use of fish resulting from sustainable fish farming.
a – Address: via Boccaccio, 4
M1 (red line) – M2 (green line) Cadorna F.N
Phone: 02 38236561
b – Address: Corso Garibaldi, 59
M2 (green line) Moscova
Phone: 02 72016158
c – Address: Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 37
M2 (green line) Porta Genova F.S
Phone: 02 8356134
d – Address: Via Marconi, 4
M1 (red line) – M3 (yellow line) Duomo