What began in 1990 as a bookshop and gallery on Milan’s 10 Corso Como has grown into an all-round dining, drinking, dressing, and design destination in not only Milan, but also Seoul, Shanghai, and now Beijing. Suitably located in the look-at-me chic Shin Kong Place, its shelves exhibit the wares of names such as Alexander McQueen, Tom Dixon, and the venue’s designer, Kris Ruhs. Looking at the price tags is just as entertaining as looking at the merchandise. But, beware, if you look at them for too long, your perspective may become distorted and the prices in the restaurant, by comparison, may suddenly seem surprisingly cheap.
The restaurant itself is tucked away at the back of the store, and visually it’s a little intense, with circles large and small in every direction. Overall, however, it’s very comfortable, with lighting and music noticeably well arranged. The service is refrained but attentive, with generally high levels of English.
Staying true to the history of the venue, the menu is classic Italian. We chose the homemade potato gnocchi (RMB 108) with a San Marzano tomato-based sauce, buffalo mozzarella and a sprinkling of finely chopped olives to give it a salty finish. The flavors were pleasant but lacked punch, and for us the gnocchi was a little too soft and lifeless. The tagliolini with Wagyu Bolognese sauce (RMB 128), however, was delicious, the pasta bitey and the sauce rich and moreish, although it fell short in size and didn’t stand well as a main.
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10 Corso Como
Daily 10am-10pm. 4/F, Shinkong Place, Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District
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