WHERE EAST MEETS WEST
There is a “pet friendly” place in Milan named Smooshi, where East meets West, where the distances are just a “relative concept”, where the Japanese tradition is blending with the Danish cuisine, where a pinch of Italian style is creating a new, surprising and winning culinary experiment. The concept is simple but fascinating: Smørrebrød, the typical danish panini (a pyramid of greedy stuff … mainly fish) are “getting married” with sushi (we guess you don’t need any explanation), with a “banquet” of pure italian ingredients.
How does it work ? Preliminary step is defining the size (small or normal … ignore your furry friend who will suggest the non existent big size). First step is choosing the “base”: yellow rice, polenta, dark bread. Second step is selecting the ingredients. Third step: savage it!
These little “masterpieces” are irresistible: stunning look, delicious taste, poetic descriptions. The menu is always changing; on our first visit we tried “Caponatina di verdure profumate alla soia con spiedino di polpettine di pesce persico al sesamo nero” (translation: Sicilian sweet and sour veggie sauce with fishballs skewer and black sesame), “Baccalà mantecato su crema di cipolle rosse di Tropea caramellate e julienne di salvia fritta” (creamed codfish with caramelized red onion and fried sage), “Mousse di zola con mezza pera caramellata in forno, ripiena di tartare di noci laccate al miele” (gorgonzola cheese mousse, caramelized pear, walnuts and honey) … but on the second round we found new “sinful temptations” such as “Mousse al nero di seppia con calamari brasati in padella, zeste di limone e pesto di prezzemolo“ (black cuttlefish mousse, with braised calamars, lemon zest and pesto sauce), “Crema di tomino delle Langhe con radicchio rosso croccante e foglie di speck del Tirolo profumato al timo“ (cream of tomino cheese, crispy red chicory and Tyrolean smoked ham), “Battuta di salmone su maionese di carciofi e Philadelphia, concassè di avocado fresco, erba cipollina pastellata e scorzette di lime“ (raw salmon, artichoke maionese and Philadelphia cheese, avocado, chive and lemon peel) .
The interior is “Nordic style”, very easy and cozy, with a show kitchen and a record player coming from the sixties (you are allowed to play the vintage vinyls by yourself… “old fellows”) and an open air dehor to enjoy the charm of summer nights, always DOGether with your furry friends.
The staff is very friendly and will explain to you all what you have to know: the concept, how to order, suggestions… On our first “secret mission” we had been served by a kind and impeccable brasilian waitress and pampered by Antonio (the manager) always careful and helpful … and showing a special “feeling” with our furry boy.
Prices are definitely reasonable (no charge for “coperto” and water) if you consider the quality of food and the lovely experience.
This is also the place to step in for aperitivo (3 small smooshi and a glass of wine for 8 Euros is a real good deal) or for a quick and light bite before visiting the Triennale Museum or the Cenacolo … but DO NOT FORGET that your furry friends are not accepted inside museums (art and culture are not “pet friendly” yet …). CLICK HERE and book your personal dog sitter. Choose the pick up and drop off location, the time you prefer, tell us any special needs. You will be able to plunge into culture while your furry friend is having great time at the park with his new 2-legged friend. Isn’t it PAWesome ???
Smooshi, a special place for 6-legged clients. Give it a go … strictly DOGether!
What else? At Smooshi you will also receive a free “doggy kit” (bag, travel bowl, snack and gadget) offered by Forza 10 (sponsor of Let’s Travel DOGether). Another good reason to give it a go!
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