In the Solari area, a very interesting new restaurant specializing in Japanese home cooking has just opened: I cubetti. The name derives from the ornamental motif on the internal walls of the restaurant, managed by very kind and always smiling staff.
The menu, entirely curated by chef Eiji san, is essential and with great attention to detail: apparently simple dishes of daily Japanese gastronomy are made with great skill and excellently presented.
Among the delicacies I indicate the karē presented in three variations: classic, with cutlet or with karaage chicken. I opted for the latter: a huge portion of yummy Japanese curry topped with succulent, perfectly marinated, non-greasy fried chicken. A real delicacy! Equally delicious is the tonkatsu sandwich served in three buns garnished with tonkatsu sauce with a pleasant sprinkling of fresh pepper and, alongside, French fries.
Three ramen are also offered on the menu: tonkotsu, miso and, the one I tried, yarou. The portion is definitely abundant, I won't deny that I had a lot of trouble getting even halfway through! It was explained to me that this type of ramen in Japan is dedicated to men precisely because the portion is gigantic. Dimension aside, what really struck me about this dish was the broth: many Japanese restaurants prepare the broth by cooking the pork bones for many hours, but I have never found such a "heavy" and "charged" broth in Italy like this one here. I can assure you that such an intense taste can be found exclusively in Japan, made with pork bones and cooked for 24 hours: try it! The noodles are homemade and are a little thicker than those offered by other establishments - I really liked them, also because they have the classic yellowish color and elastic consistency typical of alkaline noodles. Nitamago and chashu were cooked to perfection and the presence of sliced cabbage and bean sprouts gave a nice touch of crispness and freshness.
Among the other dishes on the menu that I would like to try in the future, in addition to dishes based on vegetables and seaweed such as mozuku and kinpira, fried octopus, yakiniku rice burger and kamameshi stand out, a Japanese dish that includes rice with various ingredients cooked all together in an iron pot. I would have loved to try them but the portions are so large that it was really impossible for me.
I cubetti is a restaurant that really positively surprised me: the dishes are all good, interesting and at a fair price. Well done, can't wait to go back!