If you're looking for genuine, tasty, tender, flavoursome Argentinian meat then you must try out El Carnicero, where everything from the cuisine to the waiters are Argentinian! This restaurant is both inviting yet original with its unique furniture, baroque mirrors, religious icons, lanterns, vintage tango posters, straw chairs, glass doors and plants spread around the room which make it look  like a conservatory. On walking through the door you  find yourself in the Sala Cocina with its black and white tiles, comunal tables, open plan kitchen and bar. The restaurant is separated into three areas, the Main Restaurant, El Patio and the Sala del Dueno which is ideal for private dinner parties. The Argentinian waiters are really friendly and great at giving advice as regards the food: start your dinner with a platter of  patanegra, meat and chicken empanadas, provoleta then follow up with parillada served at the table on a grill. Make sure you order a side plate of delicious patatine chips  or patate americane in a terrine with pumpkin.  If you take a look at El Carnicero's website you will find the following phrase (which we have roughly translated): you can travel around the world, or sit down at a table where you can encounter a country's flavours and get to know its culture better by trying a good dish of its traditional cuisine... that's what happens at  El Carnicero, even if, once you've tried this restaurant you'll want to go travelling .... 
Via Spartaco 31 20135 Milano
02 54019816
Recently opened in the Porta Venezia area, Bjork Swedish Brasserie & Side Store is both a shop and brasserie offering a take-away service, where you can enjoy the flavours of traditional Swedish cuisine. Bjork is very cosy, decorated in warm colours with pale wooden shelving and tables. As you walk in the door you are met by a huge counter laden with typical, fresh Swedish dishes : warm smoked salmon or gravlax;  marinated herrings with onions or with mustard sauce, dill or juniper and gin; Swedish meatballs; an assortment of Smorrebrod; fresh open sandwiches on black bread complete with butter, salmon, prawns, roast beef or the vegetarian option with beetroot, honey, potato, caper flowers and bean shoots. There is also a wide selection of Swedish cheeses and traditional Swedish chutneys as well as packaged products, fresh bread and other oven-baked goods. Make sure you try one of the many Scandinavian beers on offer as well as cider and  juices such as Saxhyttegabbeu Blabar, made from hand-picked wild redcurrants.Not only can you buy different products at Bjork Brasserie, but you can also lunch at the counter or book a characteristic Swedish dinner - delicate yet delicious. Otherwise, why  not pop in for an afternoon cup of coffee and a cinnamon or chocolate pastry. Bjork is open Mondays 18.00 until 24.00 and Tuesdays to Saturdays 12 until 24.00.    
Via Panfilo Castaldi 20 Milano
02 49457424
Tucked away in the old finance district of Milan just behind the Scala in a beautiful historic building, is T'a Store and Bistrot. This former old drinking hole of ours has been transformed by the Alemagna brothers into a beautiful gourmet restaurant, pasticceria (cake shop) and sophisticated cocktail bar all rolled into one. Open all day, you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner during meal times or simply pop in for freshly made pastries and coffee at breakfast time or for afternoon tea. Oh and don' t forget to stop by for a well earned cocktail after a hard day of shopping or work. For those of you planning to lunch or dine at T'a, Umberto Vezzoli - T'a's award winning chef - has put together an amazing menu which boasts dishes such as: parmigiana di melanzane con primo sale al pesto e liquirizia con insalate (Parmigiana with pesto and liquorice salt and salad) and  composizione di Capesante con verdure in agrodolce (scallops with sweet and sour vegetables), followed by filetto Rossini, con tonno, Foie-Gras spadellato e spinaci (tuna steak Rossini with fresh foie-gras and spinach) or medaglione di pescatrice al bacon con Lattughe brasate, asparagi verdi e barbabietole rosse (monk fish medallions with braised lettuce, asparagus and beetroot). If you still have room after that, enjoy the delicious pastries, cakes and chocolates that are  prepared daily to eat in or take-away. T'a also sells boxes and hampers packed full of T'a's delicious chocolate creations and other carefully selected items which make fantastic presents, especially at Christmas. Take a look at for further details. All products can be bought instore or online through .  
Via Clerici 1, 20121 Milan
02 87386130
Ceresio 7 is currently one of coolest venues in Milan for an aperatif or dinner. Located on the top floor of no. 7, Ceresio offers outstanding views of the new Porta Nuova area which you can admire while sipping your drink from one of the many sofas dotted around the two outdoor pools. Don't worry if the temperatures drop as outdoor heaters and cover are also provided.  For the more cold blooded of you there is a great indoor bar which gives you a complete view of the restaurant enabling you to people watch and spot the odd celebrity. Don't forget to book in advance, even if you just want to go for a drink, as Ceresio 7 limits the numbers of guests at the bar which also adds to its appeal as there is never a huge crowd. Executive Chef Elio Sironi prepares simple yet delicious fish, meat and vegetarian dishes which vary according to the seasons. The cuisine is strictly Mediterraean but with a modern twist which renders each dish unusual yet mouthwatering. Ceresio 7 Pools & Restaurant is walking distance from Brera and Corso Como. The nearest Metro Stations are Garibaldi and Moscova (Green line). For those of you going by car, Ceresio 7 offers a valet parking service. 
Via Ceresio, 7 20154 Milan
02 31039221
Looking for something a little different dinnerwise? Why not try ATMosfera, two vintage Milanese trams that have been transformed into restaurants! ATMosfera 1 and ATMosfera 2 have been restored and transformed by the ATM workshop into two elegant restaurants with a retrò vibe where you can sample typical Milanese cuisine. ATMosfera leaves Piazza Castello at 8pm from the corner of Via Beltrami and comes back about two and a half hours later. You can admire Milan by night from the comfort of your table and take in the sites : Piazzale Cadorna, Arco della Pace, Cimitero Monumentale, Porta Garibaldi and the skyscrapers in Porta Nuova, Teatro alla Scala, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the Colonne di San Lorenzo, the Darsena and the Duomo.The tram seats 24 and offers three different menus:meat, fish and vegetarian. A four course dinner costs €65 per person and  includes drinks (one bottle of wine between two, water and coffee). Dining on ATMosfera is very popular so make sure you book in advance. You can even book the whole tram for lunch or dinner and on certain days the tram runs for a second time at 11pm. ATMosfera runs 7 days a week, with the exception of the first half of January. 
Piazza Castello angolo Via Beltrami 20154 Milano
02 48607607
Unlike other restaurants which are decorated to look like a home, the Small reflects the personal tastes and character of its owner, Alessandro, who together with his partner (handbag and jewellery designer) opened this small restaurant a few years ago. Alessandro is always on hand to warmly welcome his customers with a smile and great professionalism. The setting is intimate, simple and yet every detail has been painstakingly put together. Everything on display in the restaurant from the vintage furniture, modern decorative items and mirrors from 1700s are all on sale..The cuisine is Italian and the menu varies from week to week depending on what is in season. There is always a wide choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes and the soups are definitely worth trying. Make sure that you order the stracciatella or burrata D.o.P., which is one of The Small's pièce di résistance. Portions are large so make sure you leave some room for the desserts which arrive daily from the pasticceria Sweet Irene in Bergamo.We are regulars at The Small and are happy to recommend it for its informal yet intimate atmosphere, friendly service and excellent cuisine.
Via Nicolò Paganini 3 angolo Piazza Argentina Milano
02 20240943
Located in zona Tortona, Al fresco is not just a restaurant but, as its full name suggests,  "a meeting place with a kitchen (luogo d'incontro con cucina)"! The most striking feature of Al fresco is the large internal garden which you can see from the street, where you can sit down and relax or chat with friends. Plants, flowers, herbs fill the garden and soothe your senses, making the chaos of the city seem a million miles away. The indoor restaurant is equally pleasant and decorated with pale colours and touches of greenery. The cuisine is simple and Italian and the dinner menu offers additional dishes not available at lunch. The combination of top quality and fresh ingredients renders each dish interesting, while there is a strong focus on vegetables.  If you haven't been to Al fresco yet, make the most of the warm weather and try and get there early as you can't book the tables in the garden. 'First come first served'. 
Via Savona 50 20144 Milano
02 49533630
This tiny bar, cum restaurant, is hidden away from the heavy traffic of Corso di Porta Romana in a quiet pedestrian area which boasts a small oasis of trees and roses. Re Fosco Bar is one of the few places in this part of town where you can happily sit outside on vintage picnic chairs and watch the world pass by while sipping a cappucino, munching on a light lunch or enjoying a glass of wine. Seating is limited as the inside of the bar is extremely small, however, the owner has found a way round this problem by providing outdoor seating - which is even covered and heated in the colder months. We suggest you book,  however, if you want to avoid waiting. Re Fosco Bar is open from 7 am to 10 pm everyday and offers its clientele freshly baked croissants for breakfast which are filled on the spot with jam, cream or cooked hams and served together with your choice of coffee, tea or juices. While a selection of interesting dishes are on offer if you fancy a light lunch or dinner, such as Re Fosco's Cheeseburger made from Vagyu beef, foccaccia di Recco (stuffed with stracchino cheese), smoked salmon with sour cream and blinis, Fassone steak tartar, foie gras mousse as well as pasta dishes, a selection of salads or cheeses and hams. Re Fosco Bar is particularly popular at aperativo time, even though unlike other bars they only offer a small selection of salami, cheese, cruditées and foccaccia with your glass of wine or cocktail. However, if you are particularly hungry you can always order one of the dishes on the menu. Although we've never had dinner here, Re Fosco Bar is a great place to have coffee, lunch or an aperativo with friends in a relaxed an informal atmosphere. 
Via San Calimero, 7 20122 Milan
02 36633079
This cool, urban restaurant which offers excellent Japanese "fusion" cuisine is a real find. Low lighting, bare brick walls, dark furniture with touches of gold, are all features that give IYO a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Staff are extremely attentive  and are happy to talk you through the menu or wine list, while the premises are spacious and airy despite being packed with diners. IYO offers an extensive menu of both traditional Japanese dishes, such as chirashi, urumaki, sushi and sashimi, and dishes  with a real twist. Why not start with a tartar of prawns served with a lime dressing or mille feuille of raw white fish and mango?  Simply delicious. We would also recommend Tai yo (mille feuille of lightly cooked Argentinian prawns and Mazara del Vallo red prawns, yuzu mayonaise, squid and slices of tomatoes with miso sauce) - simply mouth watering. While the slightly spicy Goma Wakame (crispy algae salad) was definitely one of the best we've ever had. Even the vegan dishes (which are highlighted with a symbol along with the glutin free dishes) were extremely tasty. To follow, make sure you try the Special Roll  (salmon, avocado, tempura batter, sesame seeds and teriyaki sauce). However, if you are not mad about raw fish and seafood, why not try the Tai saka mushi (white fish steamed in saké with herb flavoured oil and served on a bed of purple pureéd potatoes) or Tori (chicken marinated in Kirin Ichiban beer with miso sauce and served on a bed of wild rice and toasted sesame seeds).To round off your meal and cleanse you palate we recommend Esotico (see photo) - three small servings of passion fruit mousse with fresh passion fruit, mango mousse with a mango coulis and a cannolo stuffed with mango, yuzu cream and caramalised pecan nuts. Tangy and not too sweet. IYO is also suprisingly good value for money for Milan. We chose dishes from both the "à la carte" menu and main menu, ate our fill, ordered a bottle of wine as well as water and spent about €50 each. Definitely worth a visit.
Via Piero della Francesca, 74 20154 Milan
02 45476898
If you like ramen (Japanese noodles) then you will defintely enjoy Zazà Ramen! Just across the road from Dry in one of Milan's hottest night spots, Zazà Ramen offers a selection of delicious, freshly made Japanese dishes using extremely fresh ingredients. This minimalist restaurant is usually packed, so make sure you book a table or get there early to avoid being disappointed. Ask to eat upstairs on one of the counters so that you can watch the chefs in the open plan kitchen while you wait. We recommend you start with a selection of starters to share, such as Edamame or Onigiri or Yaki-Gyoza (stuffed Japanese dumplings). To follow, Zazà Ramen offers beef, seafood or vegetarian options with their noodles all of which are served with fresh vegetables and your choice of three freshly made broths. Shoyu: an amber coloured broth made with a soy sauce base and a light katsuobushi flavor (dried white tuna fillet) . Shio: a clear broth which is lightly salted with a delicate konbu flavor (dried algae) . Miso:  a sweet-flavored “velvety” broth made from fermented soybean paste. If you are not sure which one to choose, just ask one of the staff and they will gladly give you some advice. Zazà Ramen also offers two varieties of freshly made noodles for you to choose from. One is made from “00” category soft wheat flour or, on request, with stone-ground wheat flour for an intense, hearty flavour. As all the dishes are made on the spot you can vary the ingredients if there is something you don't like the sound of or are allergice to. If you still have room, why not round off with the delicious Kinako ice cream (toasted soybean flour) or Tiramisù Zazà with matcha tea, together with a glass of sakè. Those of you who, like us, are sakè novices will enjoy the ceremony surrounding the serving and drinking of this famous drink by the staff at Zazà Ramen.   
Via Solferino, 48 20121 Milan
02 36799000


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