Do you love Japanese cuisine and always find yourself on the hunt for the next gem of a restaurant? Today I’m telling you about Sol Levante, a Japanese restaurant in the Porta Venezia area in Milan that I was suggested by one of you and that I really enjoyed. Not too trendy, it’s quite no-frills but has a lot of substance, with a very collected ambiance and a location that is easy to get to with public transportation. Here’s a look at what we ate!
Given that it was a special evening, we chose to go for the seven course tasting menu to try all the different types of cooking and a good part of the ingredients on the menu. To welcome us, the owner made us try an entrée with turnip, squash and marinated salmon. A great way to open your appetite and leave you with a great first impression. The first dish on the menu is one with tuna, salmon and yellowtail sashimi, and was truly delicious. The freshness of the ingredients certainly didn’t go unnoticed, much like the expertise of the hand that sliced the pieces of fish.
To continue, the salmon marinated with yuzu and grilled with a teriyaki sauce and the potato and crab patties arrived: simply delicious!
We then treated ourselves to the octopus carpaccio, followed by the most awaited dish: sushi, naturally. Out came all different kinds: red tuna, branzino, salmon, calamari and yellowtail. It’s hard to say which of these impressed me the most. To top it all off, we enjoyed a miso and clam soup.
To top it all off, we couldn’t finish in style without the dorayaki, a typical Japanese dessert composed of two pancakes with a delicious center filled with strawberries and more delicious ingredients.
At the end, we are full, happy and even a tad tipsy, thanks to the sake and the prune liqueur that we were offered to top off our meal!
If you never pass by it, you’ll probably never get to know Sol Levante. This tiny restaurant is located on via Lambro in the Porta Venezia area. Take advantage of the super convenient red metro line stop Porta Venezia located just a few steps away from the restaurant, and perhaps you could finish off your evening with a walk through the charming Palestro gardens located nearby!
The ambiance at Sol Levante is very collected: take advantage of this to reserve a place at the bar, a strategic position within the restaurant to enjoy the chef’s magic in the kitchen. Otherwise, you can count of a few tables located sparsely around the tiny room. Reserve in advance (we strongly suggested it), and allow yourself to be taken care of by the unobtrusive yet punctual staff.
I’d like to tell you that Sol Levante is one of those places where you can eat on the cheap, but that’s not quite what it’s all about. For dinner here, you’ll have to set aside at least 50 euros, if not more. My suggestion is to order the tasting menu I told you about earlier (that costs 60 euros without drinks) and let the menu be to avoid spending an arm and a leg or worse, leave slightly hungry!
Via Lambro 11, Milan
+39 02 45476502
Open everyday (12pm-12:30pm and 7:00pm-10:30pm) except Sunday and Monday at lunchtime.
Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. This English version translated by Kelsey Rivett