Visitors to the wonderful city of Milan should consider a visit to Sesto San Giovanni, one of its suburbs. Why? Because there you will find a hidden gem of a restaurant that has received very many positive reviews (especially on Tripadvisor). Culture Connect specialise in Senegalese cuisine – Perfect if you are looking for new or exotic cuisine or you enjoy experimenting when you dine out. And if you are looking for an African restaurant in Milan and hinterland there are lots of good reasons to head to Culture Connect. But first of all, let me explain what the food from Senegal is like.
Dishes from Senegal are influenced by the cuisines of North Africa, France, Portugal and the many ethnic groups which make up population. In general you could say that the dishes tend to be spicy, and they would feature couscous, rice, sweet potatoes, blackeyed peas or lentils along with either fish, chicken, lamb or beef (pork is not part of the cuisine). You can also expect peanuts in many of the dishes since Senegal is a major producer. Various vegetables are also incorporated into the dishes, so not only is this cuisine exotic and tasty, it’s healthy too. Onions, garlic and peppers are also very much part of the flavour profile.
The chef and staff at Culture Connect really do like to interact with their diners and they will explain in detail what each dish consists of, so there will be no unpleasantly hot surprises. It’s not that the staff merely want to sell to you either; they are genuinely interested in seeing you enjoy the experience. It’s also great to see cooks who are so willing to ensure that the guests will enjoy their experience, so don’t be surprised if you find the chef wandering our from the (scrupulously clean) kitchen to see how are are faring.
Italian, French and English are all spoken fluently by the staff there, so you will definitely be able to choose a dish that suits your palate. The owner Danilo really has put together a team and venue that doesn’t disappoint. The restaurant is small (you could mistake it for a bar if walking by) and its size really does add to the lovely atmosphere.
Meat and vegetables are generally marinated or stewed in spices and herbs. Then the meat and its sauce would be poured over rice or couscous or accompanied by bread. Many of the dishes are like an Indian curry, yet they are distinct, and they have a flavour all of their own. Try the Thiebou curry – it’s really special. In fact the version with fish is the national dish.
Another cool thing about eating at Culture Connect is that the prices are very reasonable (especially if you book your table during ‘Happy Hour’). So, be sure to try an aperitif while you mull over what you are going to eat, because your bill won’t be expensive! Dessert also deserves a mention. It often consists of a combination of yogurt and couscous. This makes for a refreshing and healthy option that isn’t too sweet and that doesn’t leave you feeling too full.
It’s really going to be tough to find an African restaurant in Milan and hinterland which betters Culture Connect. For more information visit their web site. There you will also be able to make contact with them in order to make a booking, something I recommend in view of the limited number of places. I genuinely don’t think you’ll be disappointed.