After a major renovation, the Sokuge tei restaurant (formerly Shokugi tei) has reopened its doors under new management. After hearing about the inauguration, I immediately ran to order my take away but, to my immense disappointment, I realized that the old restaurant is no longer even a shadow!
Starting from the kitschy interiors and the now decidedly dated taste, that aura of old Japan that once was has been completely lost: everywhere gaudy bottle boxes, fake glass trinkets that descend from the ceiling and armchairs typical of the chains of fusion restaurants at a price fixed.
The organization is decidedly confusing: there are no paper menus for customers, but only tablets to be loaded at the moment to consult an incoherent and infinite menu, where you go from dim sum, to hot dishes (fried or grilled), numerous first courses and many, many uramaki with unlikely combinations.
I decide to take a bit of everything and order salmon gunkan with mashed potatoes (with a too cloying flavor, soaked in a sort of teriyaki sauce full of sugar), mixed chirashi (improper to define it as such, made with only three types of fish of low quality cut as a kind of remnants even if they had not used a chicken shredder), a box of mixed sushi (even here the fish is not very fresh and the rice totally wrong, inedible) and, finally, an onion roll that promised crab and instead it was full of surimi.
The quality of the ingredients is in fact very poor, it was really years that I hadn't eaten so badly (in fact I simply nibbled, I could not finish any of the dishes purchased), not to mention the totally unjustified price compared to what is offered!
This is combined with a totally non-existent take-away care (even chopsticks and napkins were missing!) and an unordered dish marked in addition on the receipt that the girl at the cashier pretended to cancel by saying she was applying a discount.
For me it is totally rejected, see you never again!
📍 Piazzale Giovanni delle Bande Nere 9, Milan