Address: Via San Fermo, 1, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
It is kind of ironic, but one of the best restaurants I went to during my time in Milan was a Japanese restaurant called Yazawa. It was recommended to me by a couple of friends, and it has some great lunch specials. Yazawa is located in kind of an inconvenient location though (depending where in Milan you are staying), and the easiest way to get there might be to drive.
Yazawa is a Japanese restaurant specializing in Wagyu beef, and for dinner it is really expensive. However, if you go for lunch, they still use wagyu in their lunch specials, and the price is a lot cheaper. From what I remember, there were dishes such as wagyu sukiyaki and wagyu tartare that were around $20-25. This is a really great deal, especially comparing it to the dinner menu that ran in the hundreds of dollars.
While it is hard to beat any of the beef restaurants that are in Japan, the quality of Yazawa was still really good (and exceptional considering it was Italy). There is only one other good Japanese restaurant that I know of in Milan (Fukurou), but overall it is really hard to find any decent Asian food in Italy.
Most of the Asian restaurants are a combination of Chinese/Japanese/Korean, and they are focused more on quantity than quality; if you are living in Milan though or just craving some Japanese food on vacation, Yazawa is one of the best options around!
Yazawa Recommendation Rating: 4
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for