It is not a Western reinterpretation, nor an adaptation to Italian taste: what the Nassar family has been offering to customers of the Mido restaurant for more than 25 years is true Arab cuisine! If you do not know this type of tradition, it is better to rely on the friendly and good host Raafat, who will recommend one of the complete menus that will allow you to have a wide overview of what are the Arab specialties.
The tasting route, in fact, is available in three formats: small, medium and maximum. As per good tradition, we started with kmaj bread and several sauces to accompany it: babaganush, hummus, tabulet, harissa and a surprising sheep's cheese. Afterwards we tasted several courses from Maha, the woman of the family: tasty falafel of beans, Lebanese rice with saffron and dried fruit and a good couscous with stewed beef and vegetables. To conclude, faced with the choice of one of the four puddings that accompany the dish of Arab honey cakes, we tasted them all: coconut, chocolate, apricot and mint. There is no alcoholic beverage on paper but there are several valid alternatives: mint tea, served hot or cold, carcadè, tamarind or lemonade.
If you are used to drinking coffee after meals, forget about the classic Italian espresso for a moment and be convinced to try the dense house coffee. Full menus are also available in vegetarian and vegan versions.
In the dining room you can breathe a deep sense of domestic welcome. The decor is very simple and the bright colors of the rough walls evoke Middle Eastern atmospheres.
Service: Smiling. Raafat is very helpful and very careful in explaining the courses, otherwise difficult to recognize for less experienced patrons.
Mido, Via Piero Custodi, 4 - Milan. Telephone 02/45493399
Review taken from The Black Sheep Publisher