Via Vigevano is more and more Japanese. The Japanese group Toridoll, a colossal quoted on the Stock Exchange with restaurants all around the world, has now set its sights on Milan: after opening the Bottega del Ramen a few weeks ago along the same street is at it again with a new spot, Tokyo Table, where the main dish isn’t the famous broth and noodles or sushi, but tapas. Tapas? Well yes. In Japan, just like pretty much everywhere else in the world, appetizers exist – the otsumami – and they are the highlight of this new spot near the Navigli. There are about fifty small portions for all tastes, but also rolls, temaki and more structured dishes.
I tried it for the first time last night and here’s a look at how it went!
What caught my attention at first and proved to be truly satisfying were the ostsumami, mini portions of fish, meat and vegetables, perfect for a group dinner or to try a bit of everything. The portions are small, but not ridiculously so, and cost about 5 euros per dish. We began with fish tapas: first came the branzino carpaccio with a zucchini and mint sauce followed by the Sicilian shrimp with daikon sprouts. Delicious. We couldn’t resist and we ordered fried shrimp with wasabi mayonnaise: meaty, flavourful and cooked to perfection.
We then decided to try the meat tapas: an excellent grilled pork marinated with miso and some very interesting slices of beef with sea urchin. This last dish was a revelation, with a taste very distinct from any dish we’ve ever tried before in Milan: the meat-fish mix is explosive, and neither the meat nor the fish overpower each other.
In terms of veggie options, you truly are spoiled for choice: fried eggplant with dashi sauce, tofu with carrots and avocado marinated in miso and tempura tomino with sauce and lime. Here the blend between Italy and Japan is more obvious and all the dishes we chose proved to be very tasty.
We decided to give the makis a shot, ordering the roll with branzino, lettuce, crab, Japanese basil and lemon juice – dreamy – and we dared to try the sekitori, a roll filled with beef, bean sprouts, lettuce, mayonnaise and unagi sauce. A real experience: I can’t think of any other restaurant in the city where you can enjoy this kind of roll, and they were truly delicious!
To top it all off, we decided to try one of the main courses, opting for the tuna cutlet with mashed potatoes and ginger sauce: without a doubt one of the most convincing dishes, cooked to perfection and beautifully presented.
You can choose from a wide selection of Japanese cocktails, beers, different types of sake or wines to enjoy with your meal.
We are in via Vigevano, one of my favourite spots in the city, two steps from Porta Genova and the Darsena. I suggest making your way to Tokyo Table by public transportation, given that this area is very well connected, with a stop on the green metro line located a few hundred meters away!
The ambiance at Tokyo Table is pleasant: you can choose to sit at the big central table, the so-called “social table”, or to sit at the counter or at one of the tables present in the main room or in one of the two others, which are much smaller. The service, all in all, is nice, although it is in need of a bit of “breaking in”. If you choose to go in the summertime, you can enjoy the nice outdoor area.
The tapas at Tokyo Table cost about 5 euros each, whereas the roll are priced between 6 (4 pieces) and 15 euros (8 pieces), and the udon and main dishes cost about 15 euros. For a complete meal that leaves you feeling full, about 40 euros should suffice without drinks. The prices aren’t low, but are comparable to those at places like Gesto – one of my favourites – that also serves tapas. The main difference being that the tapas, here, are Japanese: are you going to try them?
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Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. This English version translated by Kelsey Rivett