lunedì 23 giugno 2014

Io non amo il cinese! Ma il Mandarin 2 SI!

Non avevo ancora mai postato nulla sui ristoranti cinesi! Vi domanderete perchè! Semplice, non sono una amante della classica cucina cinese. Mi piace, la trovo buona ma un tantino pesante per me.

E poi, in passato, direi quando ero molto ma molto giovane, a Philadelphia ho conosciuto e vissuto con una ragazza cinese che spesso preparava la cena ed era sempre buonissima ma molto diversa da quella che provavi nei tipici ristoranti in giro per il mondo. La sua cucina era più leggera e varia....assolutamente non fritta e turistica.

Ricordo che è stata proprio lei ad insegnarmi ad usare bene le bacchette. Mi costringeva a mangiare tutti i chicchi di, proprio con le bacchette!!! Diceva che lasciarne anche solo uno non era rispettoso nei confronti dei poveri contadini che lo avevano coltivato! Un allenamento un tantino masochistico. Fa tanto “Mila Hazuki”: lei ore e ore a prendere palle in faccia per migliorare la sua ricezione a pallavolo e io ore e ore per finire una scodella di riso!

Similitudine a parte, devo dire che tornata dagli States non sono più entrata in un ristorante cinese, sino ad un paio di anni fa, quando una amica, a Milano mi ha fatto provare il Mandarin 2. Io ero diffidente, ma alla fine, mi sono fidata di lei e ho fatto bene!

Il Mandarin è un ristorante molto consciuto e in più ha un ottimo rapporto qualità/prezzo per cui, la combinazione delle due cose fa sì che sia sempre pieno, ogni giorno della settimana. Se volete farci un salto dovete prenotare con largo anticipo e il mio suggerimento è di prenotare un tavolo al piano superiore (più carino e arioso).

Comunque, a me piace molto perchè è un posto “easy”, la cucina buona e molto varia .... da loro non ho mai ordinato i classici piatti da ristorante cinese, come ad esempio pollo alle mandorle o al bambu, ma preferisco cose più sfiziose e prevalentemente a base di pesce, come il rombo con il bambu, o i gamberi piccanti al chili, i gamberi al curry o le buonissime tagliatelle shangai. Immancabili sono gli antipasti di ravioli di carne MA conditi con la speciale salsa di Antonella, la padrona di casa (dovrete chiederle direttamente di condirveli l tavolo). Io la ricetta della sua salsa la ho ma le ho promesso di non divulgarla in giro, quindi non la troverete qui sul blog! ;)

Al prossimo post!

Mandarin 2
Costo: $$
Assolutamente consigliata la prenotazione
Via Garofalo 22a (Metro Piola)
20133 Milano
Tel. +39 02 266 4147

I had never posted anything about Chinese restaurants! 
You may wonder why! Simple, I'm not a lover of the classic Chinese cuisine.
I like it, I find it good but a little heavy for me. And then, in the past, I would say when I was very, very young, in Philadelphia I met and lived with a Chinese girl who often made dinner and it was always very good but very different from what you tried in the typical restaurants around the world. Her cooking was lighter and varied .... absolutely not fried and touristic. I remember that it was she who taught me how to make good use of chopsticks. She forced me to eat all the grains of rice ... yes, just with chopsticks! She said than leaving just one was not respectful of the poor peasants who had cultivated it! A little masochistic workout So does "Mila Hazuki" hours and hours to get balls in the face to improve her volleyball reception and for me hours and hours to finish a bowl of rice! 

Similarities aside, I must say that back from the States I have no longer entered a Chinese restaurant, until a couple of years ago when a friend in Milan let me try the Mandarin 2. I was suspicious, but in the end, I trusted on her and I was right! The Mandarin is a very known restaurant and in addition it has an excellent quality/price ratio, the combination of the two causes it is always full, every day of the week. If you want to give a jump, you have to book well in advance and my suggestion is to book a table upstairs (more cute and airy). 

Anyway, I really like it because it is an "easy" place, good food and very varied .... there
I've never ordered the classic Chinese restaurant dishes, such as chicken with almonds or bamboo, but I prefer more delicious things and mostly based on fish, such as turbot with bamboo, or spicy chili shrimp, shrimp curry or the delicious noodles shangai. Unforgettable are the appetizers of meat ravioli topped with a special sauce made by Antonella, the hostess (you'll have to ask her directly to flavour them at the table). I have the recipe for her sauce but I promised not to spread it around, so you will not find it here on the blog! ;) 

Let's meet at the next post!



Mandarin 2
Cost: $$
Absolutely reservations are recommended
Via Garofalo 22a (Metro Piola)
20133 Milano
Tel. +39 02 266 4147

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