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There are some areas of Milan that in recent years have undergone a great revaluation, going from a state of semi-periphery to real centers of nightlife with places open until late at night and fashionable shops. Corso Como is somewhat the emblem of these transformations and right between this famous street and China Town, in front of the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation, we find Gam, at via Pasubio 8. A Korean restaurant in the heart of trendy nightclubs and bars.

Premise: do not be fooled by the position, Gam is neither an aperitif place, nor a disco. Once through the glass door, you enter an essential environment with smoky tones, a bistro that offers traditional dishes but revisited in a modern key and slightly Italianized, with a large window that gives the kitchen, perfectly visible. A long bar has the typical Korean drinks, especially rice wine. There is no rush here, there is no crowd. It is a welcoming space where you can relax and enjoy a great fresh meal. The staff is attentive, kind, never intrusive and extremely courteous.

The owner is called Paolo Moon and he opened Gam in 2016, when he was just twenty-six. He is part of the second generation of Koreans in Milan. His good taste and the attention paid to the raw materials immediately made Gam a reference restaurant in the city, both for veterans of Korean cuisine and newcomers.

At lunch various sets are offered which include, in addition to the main dish, a drink, miso soup and banchan. The presence of the Doshirak (literally “lunch box”) is interesting: it is the traditional lunch box. In Korea women prepare it for husbands and children, to be consumed at school and at work (a curiosity: by the quality of the food present, it is possible to understand the social rank to which the person belongs.) Gam’s Doshirak provides rice, a main course selected by the chef and a seasoned salad. The menu is quite varied. It starts with shareable dishes like fried dumplings (ganjang and spicy mandu), rice dumplings (ganjang and spicy teokpokki) and jeon (kimchi, haemul, gamja). Then continue with kimbab (bulgogi, jeyuk, tuna, cheese and yubu), bibimbab (bulgogi, jeyuk, dak, buldak and yace), noodles (janci guksu, bibim guksu, buldak bokkumion and mul negmion). Of course there is also fried chicken (classic version, ganjang, spicy, honey-butter, yang-neom), bulgogi (classic and jeyuk), squid (ojing-eo bokkum), marinated dishes (galbi, dak galbi, buldak galbi, domi jjim) and the Korean tartare (yukhoe). There is kimchi (both red and white), Korean miso soup and fermented daikon (mu). The dessert card includes tiramisu al matcha, Korean pancakes (hotteok), panna cotta and homemade ice cream produced in collaboration with the Bottega del Gelato by Cardelli, established in 1964 and recognized as a historical workshop that represents the memory of the city of Milan. The drinks menu is also quite rich: Soju, Makkolli, Baekseju, Hwayo, Ilpoom jinro, both Italian and Korean beers (Hite and Kloud) and Korean plum distillate (Mehwasu) as a digestive. There is also a cafeteria service to order coffee and cappuccino, but also Korean coffee and hot or cold tea (yuja cha — cedar and honey, nok cha — green and barley, bori cha — barley).

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🌎 📍 Viale Pasubio 8, Milan 📞 +39 02 2506 1372 💰 $$

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