The ladies' led Michelin starred restaurant was perhaps my biggest Michelin disappointment so far. I do not mind the cellar settings, reachable by a narrow staircase where you fight for your passage with both guests (targeting the well kept toilets on the basement level) and staff. I do not mind the unusually long pauses among tasting menu entries. I do mind that two ladies kept coming asking for our choice of wine for more than half an hour before one of them actually managed to bring the bottle I had ordered half an hour ago. Disorganized; lady-like, a male chauvinist pig would add. I did most of the refilling myself. To add insult to injury, some neighbors of obviously local origin were greeted as old friends and indeed taken care of properly.
The place is squeezed within the given perimeters. A few tables on the basement level with five square feet per guest are of no great advantage regarding the overall sense of claustrophobia. Bathrooms fine, again, space limitations are disturbing. Wine list could have been notably longer considering the reputation and price level. Thereagain, it is Milano. Markups closer to Austrian levels than to those I am used to in Italy. Service, again, was a disaster pure.
I am sure that impeccable dishes based on sea ingredients and the acclaimed sparkling creativity would help my impression. Yet I was disappointed again. Far from traditional, far from mediocre – but somehow I failed to understand the lady chef's story in the menu. 16 on my own 1 to 20 scale is definitely the highest I can honestly assign, in spite of enthusiastic reviews of several of my culinary friends.
Michelin in Milano can not be cheap. This one is not. But the point is – I was truly unhappy paying the bill. I would only recommend the place to locals (probably), wine&dine professionals announcing their arrival in advance, and incorrigible Michelin star hunters.
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