I just can’t seem to get back to a normal pace of things.
I have gone to bed more than once in the past weeks thinking “finally tomorrow I have a couple of free hours to finally post on my blog” and then something unexpected happens at work, or the kids’ social life takes over as usual and it just doesn’t happen. For the same reason, things have not been particularly active in the kitchen lately either (or on FB, IG, Twitter for that matter), so now that I have finally gotten around to writing something, it is lucky that I had these pictures of a great little place we discovered recently sitting in a folder waiting to be published.
It is not a fancy restaurant. It is not even a restaurant per se, and it does not serve Italian food, so it will mainly interest those who live in the city (because no matter how delicious Italian food is, and it is, we are allowed to sometimes crave other cuisines, n'est pas?) or tourists that have had one too many plates of pasta, if that is even possible.
There are three reasons that make it noteworthy, the first being that it is pretty much always open (Tuesday to Sunday, 12:00-23:00 - or 11:00pm)... refreshing given that so many places in Milan close between lunch and dinner. The second being that it is cheap. The last, but not the least, being that it serves all those Middle Eastern staples that I often crave, homemade and fresh .
This place is very casual yet pleasant, light, airy and clean (bathrooms included). The food is extremely affordable but the ingredients are fresh, the food is made on the premises and you can watch it being prepared in their open kitchen. The kebabs are made with 100% guaranteed Italian poultry (for a lighter kebab), and the falafels are homemade and fried express.
As the website informs us, Nun was founded by eight friends from three different continents who love Middle Eastern food and wanted to create a different, lighter, healthier approach to a beloved fast food item, the kebab.
You have two choices:
1) Menu for €6,90: kebab, drink and a side (+ extras)
2) Just a kebab for €4,00 (+ extras)
Most extras cost €0,50.
Whether you order just the kebab or the menu, you can choose all the fixings - from the kind of pita to the filling and sauces - from their list.
- Pita: traditional, kamut, farro and EVO oil
- Filling: meat – chicken, 100% Italian - or vegetarian - homemade falafel (chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, salt, pepper) or fried eggplant. Extra ingredient €0,50 each.
- Sauces (vegetarian and some vegan): white sauce; harissa; yogurt sauce (low-fat yogurt, cucumbers, dried mint, salt and pepper); hummus (chick peas, salt, oil, cumin, tahina, garlic and lemon).
Baba ganoush (eggplant, salt, oil, tahina, garlic) and bademjan (eggplant, salt, pepper, oil, onion, turmeric, mint and sour cream) are considered extras
- Other ingredients: green salad, tomatoes, red onions, fried yellow onions, shirazi salad (tomato, cucumber, onion, salt, pepper, dried mint, lemon, oil), Israeli salad (tomato, cucumber, salt, pepper, lemon, parsley, oil), green olives, capers, pickles, boiled potatoes, hard-boiled eggs (extra), mozzarella - we are in Italy after all! (extra).
If you are having the €6,90 menu, you can choose from these sides:
- French fries, shirazi or Israeli salad, hummus, fresh fruit in pieces, 3 falafels (extra), baba ganoush (extra), bademjan (extra), yogurt special (extra; low-fat yogurt, cucumbers, dried mint, nuts, raisins, salt and pepper).And your drink:
- mineral water, soft drinks, juice, beer (+€1,00).
They also have special sandwiches: Keb (€4,00): pita, chicken, hummus, harissa, shirazi salad; Vegan(€5,00) EVO oil pita, falafel, baba ganoush, Israeli salad, capers; Sabich (€5,00): pita, fried eggplant, hummus, harissa, boiled potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, fresh mint; Nor (€5,00): pita, chicken, pomegranate molasses, green salad, green olives, chopped nuts.Naturally, besides the fixed menus, you can order any of these items individually, and more (dates, fruit, pita bread etc.).
For four menus with extras we spent €17,90! Not bad for a family meal.
Via L. Spallanzani 36
Via L. Spallanzani 36