Saturday, August 16, 2008

Take my advice...

Only in Europe will you have the following experience... and I am sure plenty of ex-pats can attest to this. You get tired of the food that is native to the area you live in and you seldom venture out of your realm because it's often a disappointment.

When you have your guard down and you are traveling you wonder if things are different elsewhere. Next time you have that thought please think back to reading this - STICK WITH WHAT'S LOCAL! No matter how good something sounds you will leave thinking I could make something 50 times better at home and be 50€ richer in doing so.

Absolutely steer clear of a restaurant that serves Indian, Italian, and some third cuisine. Yes, we have restaurants that are 'jack of all trades - master of none'. I assume as long as they set up shop in tourist districts they know they are going to make a killing and the people will never be back.

I didn't heed my own advice and, once again, I left severely disappointed.

I can insert whatever ethnic food that is not common here or anywhere near by (Mexican, Caribbean, etc.) For this adventure we tried Caribbean and I had read online that someone recommended it. I should have known by the name (Papa Joe's), but even still, I try my very hardest not to be prejudice, but this has happened too many times...

As soon as our appetizer came I knew we were in for it and I was happy that I didn't order anything remotely Mexican. I also clearly understood why they had an enormous drink menu, which these places often do, probably because people get liquored up and think they had a good time. No joke, the nachos that Stefan ordered were round tortilla chips and three saucers containing: guacamole (from a jar), sour cream, and 'salsa' (which was actually sweet and sour sauce) - that was it.

Next was dinner. It was unfortunate that we had already placed orders because we should have left, but the conversation was nice so before we knew it dinner was served. Stefan ordered the Saffron seafood Jambalya and I ordered a coconut chicken dish. Mine was served with rice, which brought me back to school days in the cafeteria. If they can send that awful rice over here you would think they could send decent food along with it. The coconut aspect was as if they opened a can of some coagulated drink mix and poured it over the chicken. Stefan looked at his and said 'on the menu it showed prawns...' as he dug to the bottom looking for them.

The highlight of the meal was a small British boy coming in with his parents and waiting to be seated. Near the 'wait to be seated' sign is a chair that says 'Papa Joe's chair' and something about only Papa Joe sitting there. Without hesitation after his parents told him he couldn't sit there, he asked the host (think with the best British accent) 'Are you Papa Joe?' Then he said 'Can I shit (it's the accent mixed with a slight stutter)--sit...in your chair'. I could not stop laughing. The man didn't understand him and he politely asked again saying 'I wanna sit in your chair.' They were whisked away to the table and sadly his wish wasn't fulfilled.

Neither was mine... would it kill someone to have decent 'exotic' food over here?

4 comments:

JoernandAllison said...

Ha! Seriously, I am amazed at those pizza places that make everything. Except, we do have one here run by an Indian guy. Needless to say, we often go to the pizza place for his awesome Indian take-out :)
There has got to be some good "exotic" food somewhere in Munich. It's a world city. We have an excellent African restaurant here, so that gives me hope for you.
Have you ever gone to a real Turkish restaurant, btw? I am interested...

My Life In Montreal said...

I know what you mean. Chinese food served in Montreal taste like canadianized Chinese food. Not really great. The rice is different type and they have dishes that are not even "real" Chinese food.

There's not many ethnic restaurants in DK. If there is then I might miss it. I hope I can find decent food in DK because I need my rice!

I think in order to eat great ethnic food, one needs go to the host country to taste it.

Emily said...

allison...
I have fortunately found my saving grace - an Indian restaurant close by. They are pretty reliable and have good food. We also have a Turkish restaurant in our neighborhood (we live in a neighborhood FULL of restaurants), but we haven't been yet. I'll have to try it out. That's the hard thing about being here, we pass things all the time and think of how much we haven't sampled.

bluefish...
You should at least be able to find an Asian grocery with some variety. I whole heartedly agree with you about going to the country to taste the food - it's amazing how pitiful some places are at replicating even the most simple of things.

Holly said...

I'm still laughing from the little boy's comment- too funny!