I know, I just wrote the top ten of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Milan. But this type of lists is in constant update: especially when few days after writing your article you end up having dinner at an amazing restaurant. I am talking about Sushiteca Omacasè, a name I had been hearing since it was still located in the Brera district. Before last summer they moved to the Darsena area, close to Porta Genova. They have finally brought the Japanese restaurant we had all been waiting for to the Navigli area.
Cirashi is a perfect ‘test’ for the quality and freshness of the ingredients. No sauces and seasoning covering the flavour, no kilos of rice: fish and fish only! Let’s start with rice: how many times you find it to be to hot, overboiled or just a mush? Forget that: here rice is served at the proper temperature and well cooked. Most of all, it is topped with a mix of raw fish (salmon, tuna and prawns), broccoli, cherry tomatoes and avocado.
Portions are abundant, a portion and a half might be enough for a complete dinner. I couldn’t resist ordering something more: a sublime portion of makis. Next time, because there will be a next time very soon, I will try some warm dish like the udons (noodle soup with fried prawns, fish eggs and seaweed) or the ramen with fried prawns.
I indulged in an edamame icecream to finish dinner with: I was puzzled when I ordered it, but I changed my mind rightaway – it was as special as the rest of the dinner!
Very seldom I find myself so enthusiastic about a Japanese restaurant: but when you encounter chefs who know what they are doing you need to let the world know: try it, and you won’t regret it!
Those living in the area or those going out there often know that finding a good Japanese restaurant in the Darsena area is quite a task. With few exceptions (Temakinho, above all, and Asahi for a good all-you-can-eat), I think Porta Genova is a desert for those looking for a Japanese restaurant. Getting to this restaurant in front of the Coin store in Viale Coni Zugna is very simple: several trams stop right in front of it and the green metro stop is very close by. You know that the district is one of my favourites: grab something to eat at Omacasè after a shopping session or a haircut and after dinner continue the fun at one of my favourite cocktail bars in the area!
The interior is tiny and neat. I suggest you take a seat at the counter, as I did, and enjoy the almost ceremonial preparation of each dish. Given the ‘mini’ room, make sure you make a reservation and you respect the ambiance, something the people sitting at the table close to me didn’t do since they chatted loudly the whole time. If you are lucky, you will be able to enjoy a relaxing dinner!
Around thirty euros will be enough to satisfy your appetite. Of course, if you start ordering more than a few dishes and some wine, the bill might increase. But if you order moderately the bill won’t be exaggerated at all. Can you feel that I can’t wait to be back?
Corso Cristoforo Colombo 1 (corner Piazzale Cantore), Milan
+39 02 58102233 |+39 347 4204254
Open every day (Tue/Fri 17-23 and Sat-Sun 12:30-23) except on Monday.
Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. All English versions are translated by Tamara Ilic.