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The best African and Middle Eastern restaurants in Milan
The best African and Middle Eastern restaurants in Milan

African restaurants in Milan: eight names to mark for those who want to discover African and Middle Eastern flavors without having to take a plane

Spicy Lebanese appetizers, Eritrean Zighinì to taste with your hands, Israeli desserts with dates and nuts: these are just some of the delicious dishes that you can try in the best African and Middle Eastern restaurants in Milan.

Numerous communities from Africa and the Middle East, making Milan their home, have brought with them very rich and ancient culinary traditions.

Get ready to discover them all through an experience that will ignite all your senses, including spicy aromas and flavors that will create addiction, dishes to taste even with your fingertips, extraordinary color combinations and music that comes from afar.

Browse the gallery to find out the addresses of the African and Middle Eastern restaurants in Milan not to be forgotten.

The best African and Middle Eastern restaurants in Milan

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In the Città Studi district, the restaurant, which is run by a friendly Malian family, offers specialties from various sub-Saharan African states such as Guinea, Congo, Eritrea and of course Mali. The sand-colored hues and the few souvenirs that decorate the two floors on which Balafon is placed create an informal and welcoming environment. Particularly appreciable then, is the freshness and quality of the raw materials used. You can freely compose your single dish choosing from: fish, meats and seafood; rice or couscous; and an assortment of vegetables. Also try the delicious spicy sauces and cool off with the homemade ginger-based cocktail. Last but not least it tastes like coconut.
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It is no coincidence that this historic kitchen is located in Porta Venezia, a neighborhood in which, since the 1970s, a large Eritrean-Ethiopian community has lived. Get ready to eat with your hands immersed in a very special atmosphere, between exposed bricks, inlaid wooden screen and warm colors. The staff, who will welcome you with a bright smile, will explain that Zighinì is served here, a single dish on Enjera, the typical spongy bread with a sour taste. You can choose between the different variants - chicken, fish, beef, vegetables - and combine the Sambusa with small dumplings filled with minced and spiced meat. Don't forget to order one of the excellent South African wines available as well.
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In the southern area of ​​Milan, this Lebanese with a sober atmosphere will win you over both for the friendliness of its staff and for the wide variety of dishes on offer. To try as many flavors as possible, the ideal is to order an assortment of Mezzeh (appetizers) such as Hommus Bi Tahineh (chickpea and sesame sauce), Warak Inab (rice, onion and tomato rolls in vine leaves) and Foul (Lebanese broad bean with cumin and lemon). Most of the much more consistent main dishes are based on meat, but the choice is really wide even for vegans and vegetarians; particularly recommended for the latter category are the exquisite Falafel (fried legume meatballs). The quality of the dishes is guaranteed by the presence of Ali Khalil, former chef at Expo Milano 2015. Finish with homemade Baklava (dessert of sugar and dried fruit). And if you love belly dancing, come on a Saturday night.
About ten metro stops from the city center, this restaurant, as its name suggests, will make you meet a relatively unusual culinary culture like that of Senegal. You can start by ordering a C'est bon, the national dish consisting of rice with seafood, roasted fish and vegetables (also in the carnivorous version on the menu). Both starters and main courses have several vegan options. Also try the traditional homemade drinks: good ones with ginger, tamarind and hibiscus; the baobab one is sublime. The minimal furnishings are amply compensated by the freshness of the ingredients used and by the warmest welcome ever.
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Temple of Ethiopian cuisine between Porta Venezia and Central Station, Awash is a well-kept and characteristic space, with lemon-colored walls and low, decorated seats. The menu includes specialties from the African state such as: Tibs, a hot dish of meat and vegetables; Kitfo, based on mince macerated in spices; and Fit Fit, Enjera bread poached in a stew of meat, vegetables and legumes. If you are a beginner, let yourself be guided by the affable owner or by the waiters: they will be happy to show you the different culinary proposals, even off the list. Many vegetarian choices. Try the spice tea.
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South of Porta Ticinese, not far from Navigli and Bocconi, this kitchen was opened in 1992 by the Nassar family, who still today welcome their guests with exquisite ways. You will enjoy Middle Eastern notes in a refined setting, including curtains, lanterns hanging from the ceiling and typically lobed arches. As the local motto says, here everything - from Arab bread to cous cous, passing through honey desserts - “is strictly homemade”. The owner Raafat will be able to best support you in ordering. Among the strong points of the house: the Sheik rice, with pistachios, hazelnuts and raisins; appetizers with chickpea cream and melted sheep's cheese with chilli; and the exceptionally good desserts. Mido also serves several vegetarian, vegan, halal and gluten-free dishes.
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Lebanese near Piazza Lodi owes its success to three key elements: the wide variety of choices, the twenty-year experience of chef Issa Sarkis and the diligence of the staff. The very simple furnishings avoid stealing the show from food, which remains the undisputed protagonist. You can opt for a choice of Mezzeh (appetizers) until you are satisfied; some, such as Labnè Bi Tum (yogut cream, mint and garlic) and Musakaa (eggplant, chickpeas, tomatoes and onion) are very reminiscent of Greek cuisine. If, on the other hand, you prefer a single dish, you will choose between beef, chicken, vegetarian and vegan versions. Harra potatoes are particularly recommended, with chilli, coriander and garlic. To accompany the flavors Lebanese (and Italian) beers and wines or mint tea.
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Created to meet the needs of the Jewish community in Milan, this kosher restaurant immediately gained the appreciation of an increasingly wider audience. Located in the Washington district, it presents itself as an elegant, spacious and relaxing context. Esther, mother and cook of this family-run restaurant, prepares Jewish and Middle Eastern specialties, with several forays into Italian cuisine and some veg dishes. We suggest you order a tasting menu to try the largest number of typical dishes, among which stand out for their goodness: Baba Ganush, called aubergine caviar, with sesame and spices; the Shish Kebab, a skewer of spiced mince; and Menena, a shortcrust pastry filled with dates and walnuts. If you have any culinary curiosities, or about Jewish culture, the particularly helpful staff will be happy to satisfy them. Don't forget to toast with a glass of Kosher wine.

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