Do you know that good feeling that you feel when you eat well in a restaurant, feel pampered and spend the right amount? Here's what it means to have dinner at Ginmi, a historic Korean tavern located between Loreto and Piola.
Dining at Ginmi means experiencing the oldest Korean restaurant in Lombardy, almost certainly also in Italy. It was founded in 1985 and has never stopped making customers happy ever since. It feels really good here, I only reproach myself for not having come earlier.
The atmosphere is relaxed, the environment is simple and informal. The owners work in the kitchen, the sons, sister and brother, take care of the room. I speak with the latter, Ha Neul Ko (for the Italians, Cielo), who explains to me with great pride the history of the family restaurant, as well as the house specialties. Yes, because dining at Ginmi means being with family: it is no coincidence that this place is frequented by families, many mixed (Italian, Korean but also many Japanese). Many are regular customers, some new like me but they are all happy: with friends or even as a couple, for the weekend or in the week, every moment is the right one.
The menu is very classic, but still reserves some surprises such as the numerous soups (also based on fish), the squid dishes (especially the ojingeo bokkeum). I don't really know what to choose, so I get advice and I find that there are also off-menu options such as the excellent mandu (Korean dumplings) based on pork and vegetables and the jeon (salty pancake) with fresh homemade kimchi. Mouth-watering!
Some dishes are particularly popular, such as yuk hue (seasoned meat tartare), spicy bulgogi of beef and pork served with fresh lettuce leaves aside or bibimbap.
I feel like trying a little bit of everything, so I also choose bibim neng mion, spicy sticky buckwheat noodles served with cucumber and daikon julienne. Very particular and tasty, all washed down with makgeolli, a slightly sparkling rice wine.
To conclude the best hotteok in Milan, hot and sweet prepared with brown sugar, cinnamon, walnuts and honey, accompanied with delicious kooksoondang bokbunja (raspberry wine), never tried before.
I can't wait to go back to try the other dishes. As trivial as the menu may seem, know that it is not. Absolutely recommended also for those who can't stand the spicy: on customer request, the dishes can be made without it.
📍 Via Giovanni Paisiello 7, Milan