Having distinguished himself over time in Milan for his excellent ramen, chef Ninomiya recently opened a hidden ramenya (ramen place), not far from his main restaurant Kappou Ninomiya (where he now focuses on raw fish: sushi and sashimi).
"Okuzaishiki" is a Japanese term that refers to the domestic environment where we eat together and spend free time, therefore the ideal place to enjoy a comfortable meal. And indeed this small new restaurant, simple but cozy, is the perfect place to enjoy an excellent ramen, the house specialty. Here you will find three types: tonkotsu ramen (thick and very tasty pork bone broth), tantanmen (with minced and slightly spicy pork) and the legendary tsukemen. The latter is my favorite and I recommend it because not only is it very difficult to find, but it is truly delicious. With every bite or sip you will feel like you are in Japan! But what is it? It is a ramen served in two bowls: in one there is the broth, thick and full-bodied, and in the other the noodles and all the garnishes. It should be eaten by soaking the various ingredients in the broth. Believe me, it's amazing!
If you are not a lover of ramen, know that here you will find various donmono (rice bowls topped with various condiments), such as the char-siu don (with tasty pork), the buta kimchi don (sautéed pork and kimchi) and the one that according me is the best, namely the curry don (Japanese beef and pork curry).
To complete the essentially essential menu, you can find poteto salada, edamame, karaage (marinated and fried chicken) and hiyayakko (fresh seasoned tofu). Don't miss the gyoza, the delicious grilled meat dumplings: these are the only ones in all of Milan that are identical to those eaten in Japan!
For dessert, a gigantic real parfait: impossible to finish it alone, order it only if there are at least two of you. It is a huge bowl filled with ice cream, mochi, dorayaki, fresh and canned fruit, anko and jellies.
To complete the experience at Okuzashiki Menya Ninomiya, which I consider more than positive, the attentive and kind Japanese staff and an honest and correct bill. I highly recommend the lunch formula, because it includes economical sets that include ramen or rice and a side dish: if you want to eat just like in the Land of the Rising Sun, order ramen with gyoza.