It has been a long time since I wanted to try Fairouz, a new restaurant in Milan’s Buonarroti area, at least six months since it opened. I was looking forward to trying it not only because of the Lebanese cuisine (that I had never tried before, mea culpa), but mostly because it is the first vegetarian Lebanese restaurant in Milan.
I loved it very much and here is how it went!
Since it was my first time I went for sharing two tasting menus: the Fairouz, the basic one, and the Sabah, the ‘intermediate’ menu. Both include many dishes and I find it the best way for trying new cuisines. I was impressed by the mezzeh, a selection of warm and cold starters that could fulfill a complete meal.
Among the most delicious dishes I can list the hommus, the moutabal (roasted eggplants purée with yogurt) and the baba ganouj (eggplant pulp with several flavours such as tomato, garlic and pomegrandate). The quality of the ingredients was obvious and the strong and at the same time delicte flavours were a true pleasure for the palate. Otheramazing cold dishes were the fattoush (mixed salad with crounchy bread and pomegranate sauce) and out of this world falafels. The quinoa tabouleh is a must try too.
In addition to all these mezzeh we had a red turnip salad, a potato purée with roasted onions (delicous!), a mint yogurt cream and another, slightly hot, red pepper sauce.
Among the dishes I liked less, but maybe because I am not properly vegetarian, the shoarma, a vegetarian kebab, and curry with vegetables and burgul, and frike, smoked wheat with chickpeas.
The meal can be accompanied with Lebanese beers or wine (or the traditional mint tea) and by an improvable bread. To finish our dinner we were offered the traditional desserts: the baklava and a delicious rose infused milk mousse with honey and pistachio.
As you can imagine, we were fully sated and happy!
Fairouz is located in Via Buonarotti, and it easy to reach from the red metro stops Wagner and Buonarroti. Avoid using the car since the many possibilities of public transport, and enjoy the area with a walk by the shops in Via Marghera (here are my favourites) or to the indoor market in Piazza Wagner!
The restaurant is decorated in the traditional style, with tones of red and with furniture that recalls the Middle East. If you happed to dine at Fairouz in summertime you can also sit outside at one of the outdoor tables. The staff are very kind and on Wednesdays and Saturdays there are also traditional dances!
If you choose a tasting menu, consider spending 23 euros for a basic menu (the Fairouz), 28,50 euros for the intermediate one (the Sabah) and 38 euros for the ‘pro’ one (the Umm Kultum). I was already pretty full with the basic menu, therefore I would say that you should spend around 25 euros, drink excluded. If you prefer ordering à la carte then keep in mind that the mezzeh are around 5 euros and the main dishes cost 8. A fairly cheaper bill if compared to the fancy restaurants in this district and very honest considering the abundant portions.
Via Buonarroti 16, Milan
+39 02 4818331
Open from Monday to Saturday (12-15 and 19-23:30)
Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. This English version was translated by Tamara Ilic.