Combining innovative Japanese cuisine with contemporary Italian design, Zero is unsurprisingly one of the city’s most popular restaurants. The open kitchen provides endless entertainment, with the 18-seater sushi bar offering the best seats in the house from which to watch head chef Hide Shinohara and his team at work. Dishes are experimental and make the most of intriguing flavours; truffles, caviar, foie gras and fennel all feature on the menu. Classic dishes, including miso soup and seared tuna steaks, are offered alongside more innovative creations; burnt sushi and fish fillets wrapped around Turin breadsticks been imitated across Europe.
Zero, Corso Magenta 87, 20123 Milan, +39 02 4547 4733
Yacout brings a taste of Morocco to Milan; from its menu made up of traditional dishes crafted from authentic ingredients to its exotic décor, everything in this luxurious restaurant transports diners to a different world. The overtly extravagant interior, decked in gold, bronze and copper, is in marked contrast to the gentle charm and hospitable atmosphere created by the staff. Live music and dance performances provide entertainment each evening. The menu will appeal to fans of classic Moroccan cuisine, although in a concession to its Mediterranean location there is also a varied fish selection. Be sure to stay for dessert, a honey and almond pastry with a cup of refreshing mint tea is the perfect end to any meal.
Yacout, Via Cadore 23-25, 20135 Milan, +39 02 546 2230
From its 200-year-old wooden door, imported from central India and covered with intricately carved detailing, to its signature aperitivo buffet of couscous and curry, Bhangrabar has recreated a pocket of India in the middle of Milan. The cuisine is delicately spiced and combines Indian and Mediterranean ingredients with flair but it is the décor that really sets this restaurant apart; finely drawn friezes, carved windows and a rich colour scheme of ochre, gold, orange and yellow is teamed with a bar made from an antique Burmese desk and inviting cushions in contrasting shades of green and blue.
Bhangrabar, Corso Sempione 1, 20145 Milan, +39 02 3493 4469
Specialising in a contemporary form of Japanese cuisine infused with international flavours, Nobu is one of Milan’s most style-conscious eateries. Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa trained in Tokyo and later worked across North and South America and now brings all of these influences into his distinctive cuisine. His signature dishes include yellowtail fish with jalapeño peppers, and black cod with miso flavouring, each delicately presented and featuring perfectly balanced flavours. The décor is suitably stylish and also blends cultures, combining a very Italian Armani-inspired design with traditional Japanese touches.
Nobu, Via Gastone Pisoni 1, 20121 Milan, +39 02 6231 2645