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Restaurant : Al Garghet
Menu : Italian (pasta, gnocchetti, cotoletta)
Opening Time : Tuesday-Sunday 7:30pm-11pm
Address : Via Selvanesco 36, Milano, Italy
GPS : 45° 25′ 5.90″ N 9° 11′ 23.30″ E


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Al Garghet
Via Selvanesco 36
20142 Milano, Italy


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A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to have dinner at one of interesting restaurant in Milan, Italy. The particular character about this place is most of the dishes are originally based on Milanese traditional menu; such as Risotto alla Milanese, Cotoletta alla Milanese, etc. My husband and I had an anniversary coming, so we decided to go to that place and we were not disappointed.
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One thing I have to mention is about the location. It is a bit outside the city. You may need a car to go there. I do not see any public transportation nearby. It was not a problem for us as we went by car. We made a reservation a few days before and were told that we had to arrive at 7:45pm, because it was all booked later on that evening.
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The restaurant looked like a little house in a country side, decorated with tons of lights… it was difficult to miss.

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Inside it was decorated with plaid table clothes… red theme with yellow lights… I saw lamps at every corner.

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In front of the rest room, there is a vanity table with little chairs and couch. I thought that was cute!

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Most of the photographs I took them with my iPhone. They looked a little blurry, due to low light. (Who would want to bring a camera inside the restaurant, right? or maybe some of you may want to…haha). Our first courses were gnocchi and risotto saltato.

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“Gnocchi Di Patate Con Ragu Di Cinghiale” was my choice of first dish. It was pasta gnocchi (flour and potatoes) with wild pork sauce. I was very pleased with the taste and presentation. The sauce contained little cubes of wild pork…soft and ready to melt to your mouth. The pasta was exquisite… I could tell, it was definitely a homemade one. When I pointed at the menu, the waitress smiled and told it was a very good choice.
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“Tortino croccante di riso con zafferano e salsiccia” was for my husband. It was risotto cooked with saffron and later formed into flat circle shape, then fried in the pan. It was served with sauce that made from sausage “salsiccia” (cured pork with herbs and spices). He loved it and it gave me an idea to make it at home sometimes.

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Secondo (second course).
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“Agnello al forno con le patate” (baked lambchop with potatoes, served with grilled artichoke)
This one was on the recommended menu of the day. I chose it because I wanted to try. Even though I am not a big fan of lamb meat but this time I couldn’t resist… again, it was not disappointing at all… the taste was delicious!
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Orecchia d’Elefante (fried veal cutlet… similar to Costoletta alla Milanese, or Cotoletta alla Milanese)
It was meant to be “huge”… I mean really huge! As you can see the meat expanded out of the plate… I guessed that was traditional way to serve it… as the meaning of “Orecchia d’Elefante”, which is Ear of Elephant. It was alright… my husband would not say it was excellent… it is just acceptable good, as many other Milanese restaurants should do.
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Dolce (Dessert)
I had a chocolate cupcake with vanilla cream, served with sweeten pear and red currants. This had a little twist because the cupcake had a bit of spice in it… (it said in the menu that it contained ground pepperoncino or Italian red pepper). I loved it, I thought that was very cool… never had it before and it was surprised pair for me (chocolate with red pepper).
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My husband had “Orange Sorbet”… it was good… just good… he enjoyed it.
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I do not normally do food review of restaurant review often. But this time, I felt like I had to write some information down…just in case, someone was searching for a traditional Milanese restaurant. It was quite special place… the service was great. We did not have any problem at all and we got everything we ordered in a proper timing. The price was a bit higher than normal restaurant… not too high… I think it is around 20% more than others, which is acceptable for us.
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Kudo to the chef! They did an excellent job with food, taste and presentation. I just think this will be another option if you want to have a great dinner in Milan, Italy.
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Restaurant : Bussarakham
Menu : Thai Cuisine (Green curry chicken, Som Tam, Spring Rolls, etc.)
Open Hours : 12.00-14.30, 18.30-23.30
Address : Via Valenza 13, 20144 Milano, Italy


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A couple weeks ago, we were in a mood for hot, spicy and delicious Thai food. There are not many Thai restaurants in the town we live in,Milan, Italy… One of the reasons I could say was many north Italians (like my hubby) are not used to oriental spices… holy basil, lemon grass, green curry paste, etc., which is OK. I totally understand it. Why would you crave some other food while you are having one the yummiest Italian dishes around you, right?

Never mind… let’s move on… so yes, we wanted to try some hot food… where could we go?… Thai restaurant was not a bad idea. The location was great, close to Navigli canal… very lively during the evening. We parked our car near public parking space (Porta Genova), which has 24hr security… wow! There were small fees involved (the restaurant will cover parking costs for customers)

 

Let see the atmosphere of Bussarakham Restaurant!

 

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Welcome Drinks – orange juice (not freshed but OK) and rice chips

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Antipasti : we ordered Thai salad (Som Tam) and fried spring rolls. Som Tam was a bit sweet but I had to give them some credits of using authentic ingredient, raw papaya.

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Spring rolls were alright, I love a little basket with a tiny orchid.

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Pad Thai — well, we have been in Thailand… we know how Pad Thai really looked like it was made a tiny rice noodle… what we saw that night was a bit larger size of noodle… strange… but the taste was fine… my husband really liked it.

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Main course: Green Curry Chicken, Beef Pa-Nang (red and sweet curry) and rice.

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Beef Pa-Nang was really salty… it was supposed to be sweet and spicy, wasn’t it?

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Green Curry Chicken — was good, great taste… I was hoping to see some Thai eggplants (green, white and crispy) in the curry but there weren’t there!!! Maybe Italian laws of importing foreign produces have affected them! (In 2010, there were some changes of the laws, which required higher quality of imported products from oversea… many vegetables and fruits from Thailand and many other countries were denied!)

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Rice — it was basmati, not jasmine (traditional Thai rice)… which was alright… I love basmati rice!

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My plate!

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Dessert – green tea ice-cream… good! Yummy!

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Mixed Thai Desserts: many were based on coconut milk and sugar… very tasty!

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At the end of the meal, the restaurant gave away orchids to all lady customers… (just ladies, not men). I think that was so sweet!!!

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All the dishes were quite delicious and tasty… even thought there were some ingredients that were not added in as authentic ones… overall it was fine… I really enjoyed the place, especially the service and atmosphere… The waiters and waitress were very attentive to their clients… impressive!

Yes, it was quite pricey… but just like other restaurant in Milan… dinner could be expensive (we paid around 80 euros for everything… it was perfectly OK in big city of Italy like this! Believe me, we have paid more in some other restaurants)

Upon request, the restaurant gave us complementary parking coupons (6 euro coupons for 2 hours). That was nice… glad they did that… This complementary was not written out loud in the restaurant but it said on their website that parking fee will be refunded. So we asked and they gave.

I think Bussarakham Restaurant could be a good choice of yours if you are up to exotic Thai food while staying Milan… romantic dinner, business dinner… maybe not for a family with young children… but if you want to bring them, I don’t think they would mind!

Restaurant : Marghera 37
Address : Via Marghera 37, Milano, Italy
GPS : 45° 28′ 0.39″ N 9° 9′ 7.96″ E

Ristorante Marghera 37
Via Marghera 37
20149 Milano, Italy

 

 

 

 

Restaurant – Marghera 37

 

 

 

 

Bruschetta al Pomodoro – very fresh bread and great taste!

 

 

 

 

Red wine – delicious!

 

 

 

 

Insalatina di Carciofi e Grana (Artichokes and thin slices of parmesan cheese)

 

 

 

 

Zoom zoom – very fresh artichokes, love it!

 

 

 

 

Gnocchetti con gamberi, pesto e pomodoro (Pasta Gnocchetti with prawns, pesto and tomatoes) – this is my favorite dish of the entire meal… they really know how to make “Gnocchetti”!

 

 

 

 

Cotoletta alla Milanese – Italian version of Wiener schnitzel (it was alright… not bad)

 

 

 

 

Gelateria Marghera -Via Marghera 33, Milano
We took “Dopocena”, readymade ice-cream with variety toppings. This shop is famous of making these. We really enjoy them also (8 pieces for 20 euro).

 

 

 

 

Close up – “Dopocena

 

 

 

 

We really enjoyed every dish… overall it was great and we definitely plan to go back again sometimes. Only thing that bothered us was a parking space. Via Marghera (and around) is almost impossible to park. We had to leave our car somewhere (10-15 minute walk) to come to the restaurant… but yes, it is well worth it!