I recently had dinner at Ajo Blanco with a business associate (translated - White Garlic). I really enjoyed the atmosphere, as it was quite rustic with warm lighting. Walls were a combination of mortar, brick, and several layers of chipped away paint. Wood tables topped with paper placemats were rather close to one another, offering little privacy for dinner conversation. Our two waitresses were very pleasant, though they didn't make any suggestions or identify specials of the day.
The menu was limited when compared to other Spanish themed restaurants in Milan who serve tapas. The main problem with this restaurant is if you order several tapas to make up a meal, they are all delivered at one time. Hot tapas became cold, while cold tapas were just in the way. Tables are too small to accommodate a breadbasket, a bottle of wine and all the dishes. The waitress was attentive to take away finished tapas dishes.
The quality of food was not exceptional and most of it resembled Italian food rather than Spanish cuisine. We started with two types of sheep cheese served with preserves followed by skewered chick breast grilled and flavored with cumin. A Spanish caponata was no different than on from Sicily. The spicy Chorizo sausage was just like what you would find in Calabria. The shrimp baked in garlic was tasty, though the shrimp were very small. Our meal, plus a bottle of Coronas Tempranillo, water and one dessert totaled 73.00 euro.
My favorite place for tapas in Milan remains to be Llevataps (see my review). While the atmosphere was unique at Ajo Blanco, I have no plans to return in the future.
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