One of the new cuisines taking Milan by storm is Korean food. A cuisine which is worlds away from Japan's raw fish and grilled pork, or China's vast array of dumplings and dim-sum.
Each meal begins with a taste of fermented beans, lotus roots pickled in ginger and kimchi, fermented cabbage which constitutes the basis of Korean culinary culture.
We then proceeded to taste yukhoe, a tender beef tartare seasoned with sesame seeds and a lightly-preserved egg, all placed upon a crunchy Korean pear which contrasted beautifully with the soft raw meat.
We tried three different main dishes: noodles in frozen broth with pork, Japchae, possibly by favorite Korean dish of all time (even though the tartare is in close second) and Bibimbap: steamed crunchy veggies, egg yolk and smoked chicken - a wonderful discovery!
Finding a good, authentic Japanese restaurant which offers high quality fish is not easy, but Fukurou is definitely one of the best ones I've tried so far.
With good quality comes high prices, obviously, but they offer fix price lunch menus which are an excellent way of tasting many different things at an affordable price.
All the fixed menus come with pickled vegetables, a potato(ish) salad, miso soup, coffee and water.
I ordered "Jubaku Kaisen" with raw gamberi rossi, salmon, tuna, scallops, on a bed of steamed rice, which was served with the extras I mentioned above, and it all cost €20. I highly recommend the Jubaku Kaisen to anyone who loves gamberi rossi, it was truly excellent.
With all the new restaurants opening in Milan it is so refreshing to find one with great food and genuinely lovely people. The brand new bakery and bistrot Crosta, a five minute walk from Porta Venezia is one of them.
Whether you're looking for a freshly made croissant, a beautiful loaf of lievito madre bread or an excellent pizza with topping that vary weekly, Crosta is a must.
I highly recommend visiting it on a lunch break and trying one of their pizzas 'alla pala' - I had the one with stracciatella and prosciutto crudo. What is excellent is that the pizza dough is extremely light and easy to digest, meaning you won't be left with an 'abbiocco' and can happily get on with your day.
If you're a fan of sushi with a modern, colourful, tropical twist then Nima Sushi is where your desires will be fulfilled.
The menu offers a vast selection of Uramaki (rolls with rice on the outside and raw fish on the inside), one of my favourites being Almond Tartare (salmon tartare, philadelphia cheese, avocado, shaved almonds and teriyaki sauce).
Unique to Nima Sushi's menu are a few dishes which deserve to be mentioned: the marinated tuna mini burger and wide variety of Poke bowls.
The central location makes it the perfect place for a casual lunch during a busy work day.
The latest food hot spot for pasta and fish lovers has landed in the Brera district.
The Fisherman Pasta offers a wide variety of fish and seafood pastas, from more classic ones like spaghetti with vongole to more original ones like squid ink ravioli filled with branzino served in fresh tomato sauce and basil.
When you're missing summer, the sea and its flavours, a visit to the Fisherman Pasta will remind you of all the beautiful flavours the Italian riviera offers.
Open at lunch and dinner, they offer two dish sizes, the 'normale' size is perfect for a quick lunch whilst the 'grande' is satisfying enough for a lovely open-air dinner.
One of my favourite restaurants in Milan, Le Rosse sits in a quiet piazza alongside Corso Garibaldi. It stands out from all the others restaurants along the street because of its selling point (cured meats, fresh pasta and an excellent wine cellar) and its well decorated interiors.
They offer the widest selection of Italian cured meats that you will ever find in a Milanese restaurant. From prosciutto di cinta senese to culatello di Zibello, there is something for every meat lover.
Fresh pasta, quiches and bread are made on a daily basis, and the menu alters often to cater to the seasonality of dishes.
This relatively new pizzeria, with two locations in the trendiest areas of Milan is becoming increasingly popular, and for very good reasons.
The menu offers unique pizza toppings, like "parmigiana di melanzane" (alongside the more traditional ones like Margherita and Marinara). What all the pizzas have in common is the sourdough base and high quality of ingredients.
The Berberè's ethos is all around sharing, hence the idea of pre-cutting the pizza, so that it is easier to divide, making it the perfect place for a dinner with friends. They suggest ordering a couple of different pizzas between each other.