(Post Covid updated: Musubi moved to Piazza Gae Aulenti)
Musubi is a very small corner that sells takeaway food located a few steps from the Duomo.
Opened in 2013, this place was born from an idea of the Japanese entrepreneur Shintaro Akatsu (the same who opened Izakaya Sanpei not far from San Babila), who has always been passionate about Italy. For this reason he asked the collaboration of the Ancona chef Elis Marchetti for the creation of a menu that proposed dishes with taste as close as possible to the Italian palate.
I have eaten at Musubi several times and after a long time between one experience and the other but, unfortunately, I have never felt well. It is probably one of the worst places where I have ever eaten Japanese ever.
I start immediately by saying that the environment is very uncomfortable: the space is really cramped and there are no seats. So far there would be no problems, since this shop functions as a take-away, but the confusion of people between tourists and workers on a lunch break is unmanageable, to say the least. The queue created for orders at the checkout generates incredible stress. Then, of course, you are forced to eat standing up, squashed against a shelf, or sitting on the street (with lots of cars that peel in front of you while you eat raw fish).
The menu, also translated into Japanese, would bode well, if it weren't for "special" poetic licenses, to say the least, such as gyoza cacio e pepe. The other proposals include onigiri (whose original name is musubi), temaki, uramaki, donburi and bento box.
The price will also be low, but what the plastic containers contain is little and badly placed. In short, it is not at all inviting. The taste, needless to say, is lackluster.
Musubi was certainly born with the idea of offering an Italianized Japanese gastronomic proposal with a fast service for customers in a hurry, the result, however, in my opinion, is really disappointing.
📍 Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milan