Have you ever tried Japanese bbq? The Japanese food culture is not all about fish. In fact, Japan is also famous for its meat, the wagyu especially, that comes served in slices that need to be cooked at the table on the provided grill plate.
If you are curious about this different side of Japan, there is a new restaurant in Milan, in the heart of Brera district, that serves this fine meat and many other Japanese dishes, from ramen to sushi and other less famous dishes. The restaurant is called Tokyo Grill and I tried it few evenings ago: here is how it went!
To tickle our appetite we start with some classics: some edamame, some delicious meat, spinach and soy sprouts curry, some miso soup and karaage chicken, fried in fantastic Japanese style. We can’t resist some excellent gyoza too!
We can’t decide whether we should order some bibimbap in a hot stone bowl, the tempura, the ramen or the kaisendon, but in the end we opt for a selection of sushi and sashimi (salmon, tuna, salmon eggs, amberjack fish and scallops): amazing!
At the end we obviously go for some meat, ordering a selection of wagyu, equally divided between ‘normal’ Karubi and Karubi ‘at its best’, both very fine cuts that melt in out mouth! The slices of meat are served as a kind of sashimi and it is you that will cook it on the plate for about 10/15 seconds! Once they are cooked, you can enjoy them with several sauces, from the spicy ponzu to the great yakiniku! A beautiful experience, not very common, that I suggest epecially to the curious ones!
We finish our dinner with a fresh and original wasabi and sake sorbetto, chosen from the desserts menu.
Oh, I almost forgot: in addition to beer and wine you can choose from more than 90 unique types of sake and spirits (as the plum one)!
Tokyo Grill is located in Via Fiori Oscuri, in the heart of Brera, right in front of the Pinacoteca. Go for a shopping spree among the cute streets of this district (here our tips for the area!) before heading to dinner! You cane asily get there by green metro line (Lanza stop) or the yellow metro line (getting out at Turati) and with many of the trams.
The restaurants presents a very minimal interior and it is divided on three floors, and each of them has tables with a grill in the middle for a shared dinner among friends. The lower floor has a ‘private’ area and two teppanyaki rooms: if you book in advance these two areas, you can enjoy the specialties that the chef will prepare before your eyes on the teppan, the hot Japanese plate (in this case the tasting menu varies between 80 and 120 euros). The orders, regardless the area of your table, are made by the clients on an iPad. The staff are quite young, but very nice overall.
I had this impression leafing through the menu: you can either spend a platry sum or you can exceed 100 euros. Why? Because the menu is varied and the difference in price lays in the choice or both food and drinks. The suggestion is to choose one ‘human’ portion of waygu (that costs around 50 euros for few people) in order to contain the price and not exaggerate with meat, and then try other delicious dishes, that cost averagely around 12-15 euros. Otherwise, if you really are passionate about meat, forget your bank account for a little while and listen to your desires!
Via Fiori Oscuri 3/A, Milan
+39 02 8909 2635
Open from Tuesday to Sunday (12pm–2:45pm, 7pm–11pm)
Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. This English version was translated by Tamara Ilic.