The fact that I like Fukurou has been clear ever since I added it to my list of favourite Japanese restaurants in Milan. Regardless of the somewhat high prices and the difficulty in reserving, this restaurant in the De Angeli area has always pleased me, especially for the originality of the offerings (no classic sushi, but a good variety of truly Japanese dishes that are almost impossible to find elsewhere in the city).
Not so long ago, Fukurou changed faces (at least in the evening) to become a ramen bar. I went back, and I’m here to tell you about my experience!
Recently, the formula adopted at Fukurou is a menu divided into a selection of appetizers, 4 ramen and 4 bowls of rice.
Among the appetizers to try, in my opinion, are the ika mentai with a base of raw calamari and spicy cod egg, the takowasa (wasabi octopus) and the ryukyu, a mix of raw fish pieces marinated in a soya and wasabi sauce. The ingredients are super fresh, the fish will melt in your mouth and the combinations are well calibrated.
On the menu you’ll also find a nice selection of small salads, the grilled eggplant in dashi broth, the fried crab and the gyoza. The prices of each portion vary between 5 and 12 euros, with the possibility of opting for an interesting formula of three appetizers of your choice for 10 euros.
The real delights are the ramen dishes, that go from the more classic Hacchomiso (noodles in a pork and hacchomiso sauce broth, with porchetta, a boiled egg and vegetables), to the Nagasaki Chanpon with a meat and seafood broth, scallops, calamari, quail egg, mushroom and vegetables. Every kind of ramen can be prepared in three different sizes S, M, L (I suggest going with the S that is already quite abundant: in any case it’s not the bowl’s size that changes, but the quantity of noodles) and personalized to your liking with a series of “extra” ingredients including algae, vegetables and Chinese mustard.
At lunchtime, the menu changes again and consists predominantly of unique dishes like cirashi or grilled salmon with rice, perfect for a quick yet delicious lunch break!
Fukurou is located along via Trivulzio, right in front of the famous Pio Albergo, otherwise known as Baggina. You can get there by car or, even better, take advantage of the public transportation located around the area (the 90/91 passes just a few meters away, as do many trams) or the red metro line: the restaurant is located halfway between the Gambara and De Angeli metro stops!
The restaurant has always had a minimalist vibe, with simple decoration, tables that are a tad too close and small and a back-to-essentials style. Eat at the bar if you want to observe the chefs prepare the food right in front of you, otherwise opt for one of the tables in the restaurant. The service has always been quite careless, although polite, and I’ve often had to wait a long time before receiving dishes. Come armed with patience, I hope you’ll be rewarded with a delicious meal.
Since Fukurou became a ramen bar, they’ve noticeably reduced prices, which were previously significantly above average. I remember leaving dinners there still hungry after spending nearly 60 euros. Now, that’s no longer the story. With the new formula of 3 small appetizers priced at 10 euros each and a bowl of ramen, you’ll be spending around 25 euros, drinks aside. A rather reasonable amount, don’t you think?
Via Trivulzio 16, Milan
+39 02 40073383
Open everyday (12:00pm-4:00pm and 7:00pm-12:00am) except Monday
Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. This English version was translated by Kelsey Rivett.