Antidoto Bistrot (MI)

by Lavinia Colonna Preti
Antidoto Bistrot (MI) — Lombardia Secrets

In Milan, a Japanese bistrot managed by chef Kinuko Matsuda and her partner Luca Dradi who, in the courtyard of an old farmhouse in Porta Romana, have recreated an authentic secret garden of the Land of the Rising Sun.

There is something truly magical that awaits us when we cross the threshold of Antidoto and, after passing a narrow corridor overlooked by the typical counters of Japanese Izakaya kitchens, we arrive, through a small door, in a romantic garden illuminated by a thousand candles.

Opened in 2018, Antidoto was born, in fact, as a love nest of the beautiful Japanese chef Kinuko and her partner Luca who, after having met years earlier in the Finger’s restaurant in Milan, decided to create a world of their own.

Antidoto Bistrot (MI) — Lombardia Secrets
Antidoto Bistrot (MI) — Lombardia Secrets

For us, and for our guests, this place wants to be an “antidote” to the frenetic life of Milan, an oasis of peace and good flavors.

(Kinuko & Luca)

After visiting various locations, they fell in love with this original space a few meters from Porta Romana, which originally housed the old farmhouse once used by the owners of the building into which it is located and, subsequently, a design studio.

From its past as a showroom, Kinuko and Luca have decided to maintain some charming details such as the resin floor, the wooden benches and the original iron-glass ceiling which opens like a cabriolet in summer, offering the emotion of eating under the stars, while in winter it protects guests from the vagaries of the weather and allows guests to enjoy the heated garden in complete serenity.

Antidoto Bistrot (MI) — Lombardia Secrets

A fairytale environment that they completed with objects and furnishing accessories brought from their travels in Japan and around the world, including dozens of lanterns that descend from the ceiling, creating a particularly evocative atmosphere.

The menu offers both traditional and creative proposals, whilst respecting the uses and rituals of Japanese cuisine, a philosophy that makes Antidoto one of the most authentic oriental places in Milan.

Antidoto Bistrot (MI) — Lombardia Secrets
Antidoto Bistrot (MI) — Lombardia Secrets

From street food, such as Takoyaki meatballs and Gyoza ravioli, to the much loved Uramaki, such as those with flamed raw scampi at the end of the composition, tuna bottarga powder, drops of truffle oil, Ponzu sauce and courgette flower in tempura, or the specials with Fassona tartare marinated with Yakiniku sauce, Yuzu pulp and mushroom cream. But also many fish dishes such as very fresh oceanic amberjack and salmon tartares.
The selection of vegetarian and vegan uramaki is also excellent.

Obviously, here you can also choose the Omakase formula, which in Japanese literally means “it is up to you”, leaving Luca to suggest the most suitable route for your evening.

Antidoto Bistrot (MI) — Lombardia Secrets

And, as the large bar counter at the end of the courtyard suggests, you can order excellent cocktails, obviously based on sake, but also with a wide selection of gin.
Antidoto is a truly special place, which will take you with your imagination to distant lands, making you forget for a night that you are in Milan.

The Secret

Welcoming you to the venue is a traditional Maneki Neko (inviting cat), probably the most famous Japanese lucky charm in the world. It depicts a cat inviting you with its paw, foretelling something good to come.

Useful Info

Antidoto Bistrot
Via Ennio 6
20137 Milano
Tel. +39 334 9891385

Uramaki: from 14 euro
Fish mains: from 14 euro

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