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Kimpap (CLOSED)

In 2018 Kimpap opens, the first Korean gastronomy in Milan with the aim of making takeaway food. Today it is a welcoming and authentic bistro. Born from an idea of Andrea Rusmini and his Korean wife Kimy, Kimpap is the ideal place for a quick lunch or an informal dinner.

The restaurant is very small, few seats and lots of sympathy and courtesy from the two owners, enthusiastic advisers of authentic Korean cuisine. Here the ingredients are all really fresh and every preparation is taken care of with dedication: I am honored by two different homemade kimchi with different fermentation maturation and I am pleasantly struck by the genuineness. Mr. Rusmini explains to me that in the kitchen the preparations are treated from the beginning. And to be honest, you can hear, starting with the banchan that are served as soon as I take a seat: a particular note of merit goes to the gamja salad (Korean potato salad), very tasty. I continue with a dish that I had not yet seen on the menu in Milan, the mung jeon (Korean pancake with mung bean): the dough is handmade and the taste is truly incredible. Dipped in soy sauce and accompanied by a sip of soju, this dish is really delicious. The same goes for the mandu (Korean dumplings), crunchy at the right point. The ramyun with melted cheese is also mouth-watering, while the bulgoghi teokpoki dish was not the best ever.

The rest of the menu is quite large and offers authentic Korean recipes. Among the great classics there are fried chicken, bibimpap, japchae, kimchi jjigae and of course kimpap (bulgoghi, spicy pork jeyuk, tuna or fried tofu). There is no shortage of meat dishes (those in the bbq version are made in the kitchen, not at the table) and the dessert menu, alas, presents only the chapsaltteok (mochi in Korean style): unfortunately I found dorayaki and mochi (which are Japanese ). A real shame because this choice clashes incredibly with the rest of the menu, which is absolutely valid. As for the beverage, you are spoiled for choice: different qualities of soju, bokbuja (blackberry wine for special occasions), conga (Korean sake), meawhazu (plum wine and flowers), magkeolli (wine of rice), Korean beer and own production (with ginger). There are also several Italian white and red wines and soft drinks, such as the infusion of the cassia tora flower, the corn tea, the bongbong (grape drink) and the soo j. g. (typical cinnamon drink).

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🌎 📍 Viale Monte Nero 19, Milan 📞 +39 331 316 3983 💰 $$$

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