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Lunch at the Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

I had the great opportunity to dine at the Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant yesterday at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan. As stated in a previous post, this “preview” restaurant is one that is fully powered by (and therefore dependent on) solar energy, so the amount of sunshine each day will determine the menu of the day. Catalan designer Martí Guixé developed the concept along with Finnish food visionary Antto Melasniemi. As Guixé notes, this is all about “food following nature”.

However, the weather yesterday was not exactly a great one for the solar kitchen, so our menu was an improvised one without the help of solar energy, yet all of us at the table including the designer Guixé enjoyed great food by Antto and great conversation. Take a look.

This is the setup behind the Triennale Design Museum in the gardens.

Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

The line-up of solar dishes – each with a specific use.

Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

Our table setup, complete with Alessi-themed wares, some of them designed by Guixé himself.

Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

A little close-up of the table with Lapin Kulta beer.

Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

A close-up of the cooking area.

Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

Antto checking out the sky before determining the menu for the day.

Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

I had to take a close-up of the beer. It’s a light beer that was great to drink for an afternoon.

Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

Our starter salad.

Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

Salmon.

Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

Antto ready to serve the main dish – our tartare.

Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

Here is the tartare – before and after…

Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

We finish off with some wild strawberries.

Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

If you are in Milan (especially today), do go to the Triennale Design Museum and head to the gardens. It is looking like a great day for some solar barbecue perhaps?

12-17 April

Triennale Museum, Garden
Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6
Milano

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  1. […] to dine at the Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan (see previous post). The pop-up restaurant was presented as a preview to the Helsinki opening, which happened earlier […]

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