After a few days of eating local in Madrid, the diet of mostly meat, cheese, rice, seafood, olives, and bread can start to get a bit exhausting. One begins to crave vegetables of the leafy green variety, especially when one has Asian parents. Somehow in searching these out, my father and I managed to stumble into two fantastic Chinese restaurants on the same street: Calle de Isabel ‘La Catolica’ by the Plaza de España. It may be a bit cheesy going to Spain to eat Chinese food, but sometimes your intestines just demand it.
In the first restaurant, we ordered fresh steamed fish in soy sauce with green onions, fried salt and pepper prawns, and some bamboo with shiitake mushrooms (by mistake). In the second restaurant, we ordered pork blood with pig intestines (a rarity almost everywhere outside of Thailand or Taiwan), ma poa tofu, and fried water spinach (also a rarity). I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Stopped by one of my favorite spots for lunch today: Repke Spätzlerei, a cozy, cafeteria-style restaurant by Savignyplatz in Berlin.
It’s pretty busy at lunch time, as they have good deals for comfort foods like Spätzle, Schnitzel, meatloaf (Hacksteak), and Königsburger Klopse (€6,90!). The portions are a good size, but aren’t so large that they’ll put you to sleep at your next meeting. There’s always a good selection of freshly made salad sides such as: mixed bean salad, fennel and cabbage salad, or potato salad. Additionally, each of the lunch menu items usually comes with a mixed salad of some sort, with your choice of vinaigrette or yogurt dressing.
p.s. Don’t mind the crappy photos, that’s what I get for using a Motorola Milestone to take them.
Sometimes at lunch, I get a serious craving for a simple Japanese rice bowl. Amazingly enough, there’s a place close enough to me to satisfy: Heno Heno. It’s a simple japanese restaurant with a single row of stools at a bar and a few tables to the side. The food is simple: a single page menu describes the treats to be ordered and everything is thrown together quickly right in front of you.
There’s nothing like a hearty bowl of thinly-sliced beef and rice (Gyu-don), or delicious nukazuke (fresh homemade pickles), or the freshly made sake o-nigiri (salmon rice cake in nori seaweed wrapper).