As EXPO approaches Italy's business capital is becoming rapidly more international. This change is reflected in the surge of new restaurant openings specialising in Japanese cuisine. Here are our top picks...
Wicky's Wicuisine Seafood
Chef Wicky Priyan takes you on a unique culinary journey where every step is one more sumptuous than another. Dishes with names like 'Natura' and 'Magica' present dynamic flavours and interesting textures, all inspired by Japan. The freshest seafood and fish are transformed into imaginative bites with a nod to world cuisine. See the chef at work while you take a seat at the sushi counter with glittering lights overhead. The tasting menu is a great way to discover a whole new side of Japanese cuisine.
Wicky's, Via San Calocero 3, 20123 Milano, Tel. +39 02 9737 6505, www.wicuisine.it
The Corso Garibaldi area does not lack Japanese restaurants, but if you are craving a bowl of nice hot ramen on a chilly day, then Zazà is your answer. Not just any ramen, noodles are handmade every day here in the workshop just downstairs from the dining room, outfitted with counter seatings, bar stools and tables. Made-from-scratch beef, fish and vegetable broths, as well as shoyu, shio and miso base are just the start of this simple yet satisfying speciality combining noodles, soup and toppings of your choice.
Zazà Ramen, Via Solferino 48, 20121 Milan, Tel. +39 02 3679 9000 www.zazaramen.it
Looking for something different from conventional sushi? With ventures around Italy, Zushi's flagship in Milan serves up delicious morsels amidst chic surroundings. Modern interior design spotlights a sushi bar with live DJ set every evening, tatami privé with Japanese-style tables and Tokyo privé for nyotaimori (or body sushi) upon reservation. If you are staying in a hotel in this area, don't forget that Zushi delivers. Log onto www.zushi.eu or order from the app and it will arrive in no time.
Zushi, Via Alessandro Volta 21, 20121 Milan, Tel. +39 02 6556 0892 www.zushi.eu
IYO Sushi Fusion Experience
Come inside industrial-chic Iyo with a flair for Asian design and savour fusion flavours brought to you by an international culinary team with Lorenzo Lavezzari, Claudio Liu and Haruo Ichikawa at the helm. Work up an appetite with hot-off-the-grill robatayaki wagyu beef and shitake mushrooms, inventive sushi such as Ebi Flo which combines prawn and zucchini blossom tempura with salmon tartar, and fish entrées like Gin Dara – Alaskan black cod in miso sauce. Discreet dining areas available for groups.
Iyo, Via Piero della Francesca 74, 20154 Milan, Tel. +39 02 4547 6898 www.iyo.it