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Obikà Mozzarella Bar Milan

Obikà is an interesting place for a quick lunch or an aperitif with wide choice of appetizers.
There are two in Milan, we went to the one located in the famous and very central district of Brera, well known for its art galleries, antique dealers, cafés and restaurants (the other one is at the department store La Rinascente). Obikà in Brera is a modern and stylish place with a minimalist design.
The speciality is their choice of mozzarella, the original “bufala” from Campania region.
They present a list of dishes for lunch or dinner with the possibility to consume them at a table or sitting at the counter. Most of the dishes are prepared in front of you.
In the evening it’s interesting for the “aperitivo”: by paying 8 euro, you choose a wine by the glass or a cocktail from their wine list and included in that price you have also a wide choice of appetizers and finger food, like focaccia, salads, bruschetta, ham, vegetables, different kinds of mozzarella (very nice the smoked mozzarella). It’s a large table with plenty of plates and you can take as much as you want.
Young and international public and friendly and efficient service.

Matsuri Japanese Restaurant New York

Matsuri is a trendy Japanese restaurant located in the basement of the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea, not far from the Meatpacking District.
Almost invisible from the street, it has a very particular and warm atmosphere thanks to a beautiful décor and is perfect for a romantic dinner but also for going there with a group of friends.
We had first a delicious shiso mojito at the bar, which is on the mezzanine, overlooking the big dining room.
The dining room is very big but well divided with walls and vegetation, so that you feel cosy even if you are among a lot of people.
We ordered a plate for two with sushi and sashimi and a bottle of French white wine.
Food was very good and well presented, service very friendly and we enjoyed relaxed our dinner after an intense day of long walks throughout Manhattan.
I really loved the paper lanterns which gave a real oriental touch!

Matsuri Japanese Restaurant New York

Gotham Bar & Grill restaurant New York

Despite the name this is not just a bar and a grill restaurant. Gotham Bar & Grill is a very chic place in Manhattan, with elegant and sober décor, where to enjoy divine food, with excellent service, but at the same time in a very relaxed atmosphere. What we felt was a perfect balance between chic and casual, between refined and genuine. There I ate the best yellowfin tuna tartare ever, so perfectly spiced and tasty! As main course we chose the grilled New York steak, with onion rings in tempura and a mustard soufflé. Simply delicious! All accompanied by very good Bordeaux wine. The wine has been a tough choice (a big wine list, with very expensive wines), but we made a very good deal in terms of price/quality.
We did not order any dessert, but with the coffee we got a plate with small tastings of different supreme desserts, and we were finally happy we had also the chance to try them.
It has been a superior gastronomic experience…

Favourites in Paris

Recently a colleague asked me some advise about Paris, where to sleep and to eat and things to see.
Regarding hotels I didn’t give her much advise, because as in every big city there is a wide choice, depending on the area, the hotel and price category. Actually I have never slept in a really good hotel in Paris that I would suggest to others. Although I’m fully aware there are excellent hotels, but not really affordable for anyone…
Regarding restaurants I have two favourite places. My top favourite is Kinugawa, a Japanese restaurant in Rue du Mont-Thabor, not far from Place Vendôme. I have been there twice and I was never disappointed. They propose the traditional cuisine of Tokyo in the most authentic and refined way that I have ever tasted in Europe until now. Significant is the fact that Kinugawa has mainly Japanese customers. Like every good Japanese restaurant it’s not cheap, but if you appreciate their cuisine, you will remain enormously satisfied. Also because the service is excellent, which is not obvious in European big cities.
Another delicious restaurant that I like for its traditional French cuisine is Cocotte Jolie. Nice and cosy place, very friendly owners and good food. Located in one the most lovely streets of Paris, Rue Dauphine, not far from Pont-Neuf, it’s a real pleasure going there for dinner.
Needless to say that one of my favourite areas in Paris is Le Marais. I love this district not only for the marvellous Place des Vosges, but also for the friendly and calm atmosphere in the streets, the small restaurants and cafés, the jewish shops, the art galleries, the artistic environment. The Musée Picasso is surely worth a visit.

Another place I really like in Paris is the Palais de Tokyo, an eclectic museum for contemporary art, with many exhibitions, a very amusing shop (definitely not just a book shop!) and a nice restaurant.
Talking about Paris, my favourites list could be endless. I just told Manu that it’s time to go back again….