One of the biggest joys of travel is discovering and tasting new dishes. This, however, also means adapting to a culinary culture that can turn out to be very different from the one you are used to. Luckily, if you travel a lot, this is something you get good at very quickly!
What still surprises me, though, is how greatly food habits can vary among cities that are just a (relatively) short train ride away from each other. Take, for instance, Milan and Zurich. The train ride from one city to the other lasts three and a half hours, but the differences in food practices (among other things) is huge. This also applies to Sunday meals.
As I wrote in an earlier post, Sunday brunch hours in Milan are much shorter than those in Zurich, for instance. Most restaurants in the Swiss city serve brunch from 9:30 a.m. till 3 p.m., whereas restaurants in the world capital of prêt-à-porter limit brunch hours to 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
This might not demand any major adaptive effort, but, if you’re used to brunching lazily for a few hours (eating, reading, chatting with friends,…), then two hours might seem like very little time.
Did I say two hours? What if you only had 75 minutes? That’s exactly the maximum amount of time two of my Italian friends and I were allowed to stay at Milano Bakery, where we met for brunch two days ago. We arrived at 12:30 p.m. and were politely asked to leave the table “for the next round of guests” at 1:45 p.m.!
That was such a pity, as the place is really nice. It is located in the newly-built Palazzo della Regione and has captivating interiors, including its restroom.
There’s a large buffet, one half of which was full of salads, vegetables, and several types of bread.
In addition to the buffet, customers can order a separate dish, such as a club sandwich. As a veggie, I went for the seitan and cheese dish (18 €). Mineral water or a fruit juice is also included in the price – but no hot drinks.
The main specialty of Milano Bakery are, however, the cakes, which were in the second half of the buffet. There were many sorts: pumpkin cake, pistachio cake, cheese cake with strawberry,… But, unfortunately, none of them were egg-free. A fruit salad could have been a good option for vegans, but that wasn’t available. So I just skipped dessert.
Besides the cakes in the buffet, they also sell mignon pastries.
This is a place with good food and pretty interiors, but I would only recommend it if (i) you are not a veggie, (ii) you have no food intolerances whatsoever, and (iii) enjoy eating very quickly. Otherwise, you will either have a hard time getting yourself to feel full or you will get a stomach ache from having to eat an entire brunch in only 75 minutes.
Address: Via Melchiorre Gioia 35, 20124 Milan
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 7:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. / Sun, 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.