Joia Kitchen

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 9 Reviews
Very high-end, mostly vegan menu with some lacto-vegetarian plates containing dairy. Also offers several tasting menu dishes. Haute cuisine in a nice, elegant atmosphere, modern decor; has been awarded one Michelin star. They may have a "bistro" menu available which is much less than the regular menu. Entrees average 30 euro. Price: Expensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Organic, Mediterranean, Beer/Wine
Via Panfilo Castaldi, 18 (Corso Buenos Aires)
Milan, Italy
+39-02-2049244

Open Mon-Fri 12.20-14-30, 19.30-23.00, Sat 19.30-23.00.

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First Review by One Way Gone Cat
Barbara Primo
Barbara Primo
8

reviews

  • vegan

The best restaurant for me

5 Posted on 11 / 07 / 2013

I love this restaurant, I went there several times, each time it's a wonderful discovery.
I like recipes, ingredients, smell, taste and presentation.
It is an exceptional restaurant, refined and not for all the people. Deep research is a feature of the place.


elena0411
elena0411
4

reviews

  • vegan

food but Too expensive

3 Posted on 06 / 07 / 2013

Pretty good experience, but the atmosphore is Too formal, a top class restaurant but nothing really tasty.
Don't ask for the tasting menĂ¹ because it is a no stopping finger food jelly things, testless. Too expensive . 1 star Michelin is ridicoulos


L_Almo_Clelarco
L_Almo_Clelarco
18

reviews

  • vegan

Amazing high level vegan food

5 Posted on 03 / 24 / 2013

I've recently returned to Joia with my partner. It was our anniversary and I was planning something special. And it definitely was.
The location is very convenient, and the place has a minimal look. I prefer warmer furniture and candles, but anyway.
Waiters were all really kind and the Chef took our order personally. Vegan food, as well as food for celiacs, is very well shown in the menu.
We had some appetizers while waiting, then moved to appetizers, ordering caramelized cabbage wich had a kind of vegan pate de fois gras and was delicious. Then we had an incredible risotto with artichokes, white beans and red beetroot.
As a second course I had a potato pie and my partner a "salad" made of season vegetables.
Then came the desserts: a chocolate cake and a raw vegan cake made of dried fruit and fresh fruit.
Everything was perfect, service great, lovely people and great food.
Overall, it is for sure expensive food, but once in a while definitely worth trying.

Pros: Great food, Fun: a gastronomic experience, Quick, attentive, kind service
Cons: Atmosphere is a little cold, Price: it's a once in a while meal
vegetrendian
vegetrendian
1

reviews

  • vegan

Incredible food

5 Posted on 08 / 02 / 2012

I had the tasting menu at Joia when I was in Milan, and they were very happy to make everything vegan. It wasn't cheap, but the atmosphere was very nice and the service was impeccable yet friendly, and they spoke enough English that my lack of Italian was not an issue. Most importantly the food was amazing. Definitely one of the best meals I have had in my life. Eight courses plus amuse bouche and palate cleansers, and each of them inventive, simple, and yet with complex flavours.
Definitely a splurge and more of a special occasion thing (though I didn't go at lunch) it is well worth seeking out.


EarthyKrunchie
EarthyKrunchie
6

reviews

  • vegan

Fabulous for foodies

5 Posted on 05 / 21 / 2012

Joia is unlike any vegetarian restaurant I have ever visited. At lunch, they have a buffet in their cafe area. Since I'm a vegan, the buffet wasn't the best choice for me, but the manager suggested I try the mushroom risotto -- it was heaven!! Risotto and a bottle of water were 10 euros. I then made dinner reservations for that evening. They have a sampler menu with five, eight or fourteen courses on the dinner menu. Since I was solo, I went with the five course meal. The sommelier helped select a wine that was fabulous and biodynamic. Each dish was a work of art. The sauces were amazing. They made each dish vegan, even though their specialty was vegetarian. I had an amuse bouche of avacado puree, a pasta dish, a coconut soup with tofu,and desert was an amazing chocolate fudge-like square. Words do not do the food justice. It was so good, I had dinner there the following evening. With the exception of one dish, I had a completely different sample. This restaurant is worthy of any foodie's attention. The service was fabulous and very friendly. So much goes into presentation that Joia needs to be experienced to be understood. I highly recommend this, especially since most of my vegan eating in Italy consisted of vegetable soups and pastas. Joia was a delight!!

Pros: Excellent food, Fabulous service, Great wine service

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Pabs
Pabs
4

reviews

  • vegan

Awesome Vegan Dinning Experience

4 Posted on 09 / 20 / 2009

An amazing dining experience -- taste, texture, presentation and creativity are all outstanding. We tried the innovative "zenith" price fixed menu (I had the Vegan version and my husband and our friend had the vegetarian version) and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. I am Vegan and my husband routine prepares gourmet Vegan food at home, and I have eaten Vegan food at some of the top non-vegetarian restaurants in the world, and the food a Joia was certainly worthy of its fine reputation and the price was on a par with the quality of food. The staff was friendly and took the time to explain the evolution and meaning of each course on the zenith menu in English for my husband and me and again in Italian for our friend. I was sorry we weren't spending more time in Milan to return to Joia to try other dishes. I highly recommend Joia for any Vegan or vegetarian who appreciates quality and creative food.

Pros: excellent, creative food, friendly & helpful staff, pleasant ambiance
zurika
zurika
2

reviews

  • vegetarian

Vegetarian Haute Cuisine

4 Posted on 03 / 03 / 2009

While I lived in Milan I was a regular at this place (well, as much as my budget allowed me to be). Joia is definitely a different kind of vegetarian restaurant - the food is fancy, conceptual, creative, fun and delicious. Pricey but worth it if you're looking for an elegant evening out where you can enjoy course after course of vegetarian goodness. I'd recommend it as a splurge on any vacation to Milan.

Pros: creative cuisine, gourmet chef, welcoming, bi-lingual staff
Cons: expensive
tinka
tinka
1

reviews

  • raw

Just fine...but not great

3 Posted on 06 / 19 / 2008

I am just starting to explore vegetarian restaurants...On my usual visits to Milan I am used to eating at amazing places so I have to say that I was a bit dissappointed. The staff is nice, the chef is intent on presenting everything in an interesting way, but I was not impressed with the quality of the food. Italy has the most incredible vegetables and I was missing that sense when I ate here. Maybe they are trying too hard and not respecting what really is beautiful and natural about vegetarian food. All around pleasant but not amazing.

Pros: friendly waitstaff, clean, nice presentation
Cons: missing taste, very small portions, a bit too styled
One Way Gone Cat
One Way Gone Cat
1

reviews

  • vegetarian

Unpleasantly Surprised

1 Posted on 06 / 05 / 2007

I read the other reviews for this restaurant and thought I would give it a go. I expected, with comments like I was reading here at happycow about them, I was in for a real treat. I couldn't have been more wrong. Being a vegetarian, and kind of an earthey type, I am used to vegetarian restaurants being ran by, and catering to, people like me. People you can picture actually growing a vegetable. When we were in Milan we phoned and made reservations, for the same night.
The settings and furniture in the restaurant seemed ok, but a little cold and unfriendly. It was certainly trying to be Milan-fashionable in an ultra-modern way. The food was boring, and so over priced that I was exceptionally taken aback. The real turn-off to this place was that it was like some weird performance to watch the wait staff. I guess to sum up my experience with Joia it is clearly and utterly style over substance. I can't imagine what it is about these types of restaurants that people are attracted to, but I suppose if you like to pay outrageously high prices for average food you may like it. It may be worth it just for the performance of the wait staff, but they didn't seem to enjoy what they're doing.

Pros: Hmm, seemed clean enough
Cons: Uptight staff, High prices, Overkill

 

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