Founded within the walls of an abandoned Milanese train station, Bulona Milano is opening for the first time outside of its home city at Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza.
Milan – a city of cutting-edge fashion, rich culture and stunning architecture. A city that welcomes the celebrities of the world for its fashion week; a city that plays host to some of the world’s most recognisable art; a city where history meets the modern world in the most spectacular of ways. But beyond the designer stores and historic museums, in the smaller streets and alleys of a city that dates back to 600 BC, lies the true heart of Milano – its restaurants and bistros.
Of course, Italy has a long and storied culinary history, one that has come to find itself on plates across the world as one of its most popularly enjoyed cuisines – but there’s more to it in Milan. Dining the Milanese way is about more than just the food, it’s an experience – one that will soon come to Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza with the opening of the renowned restaurant, Bullona.
Conceptualised by Pino Scalise and Cristiano Belloli in 2013, Bullona Milano was, rather peculiarly, built out of an abandoned train station, feeding into the Milanese spirit of integrating the new with the foundations of the old. Within this unique space, they created a seafood restaurant and a fish bar - and instead of supplanting the station's history, they expanded on it. The iconic train station was known to be where people felt comfortable gathering, and Bullona Milano strived to be no different. From there, one of Italy's most unique dining legacies began to take shape - one that has come to define a distinct rustic-chic aesthetic of the restaurants. And one that, to everyone's astonishment, will extend its legacy to Cairo.
Different settings require different considerations, however, and Restaurant General Manager Emanuele Accame has set Bullona Cairo up as a tribute to the capital's ever-evolving night scene. Yet some things never change, least of all the tastefulness for which Bullona is known. At Bullona Cairo, guests will be surrounded by evocative works of contemporary art by Italian artists Fabio Viale and Michele D’Agostino, once again celebrating and regaling in one of the quintessential elements of Milan. Under the expert guidance of Chef de Cuisine, Cristian Lisci, the Mediterranean menu fuses imported Italian flavours with local, seasonal ingredients. Guests can also expect to sit at the distinctive Bullona bar, where they can lounge alongside their stylish peers and order off a selection of classic wines and signature cocktails by Armando Sammarruco, the talented Italian mixologist.
These elements all come together to create an utterly distinct dining experience that not only celebrates Milanese culture in all of its glory, but elevates and raises what we have come to define as a high-end dining experience. For anyone who is intrigued by this taste of Bullona Cairo, they can expect its doors to open sooner than they think.