After a long discussion with friends about some of our most memorable culinary experiences and the foods our taste-buds simply can’t forget, we have decided to share with you some of our personal picks for wonderful cuisine abroad.
While there is no limit to the wide range of foods you can sample in this vibrant city, there are a few in particular that stand out. Café Irani Chaii serves celebrated Irani classics, and is where I ate my 26th birthday breakfast back in the year of… non of your business (I have returned to being 21, if that answers your question.) Humble and unimposing, this establishment serves a wide array of mutton and chicken dishes, alongside delicious rice and bread staples. Recommended.
Leopold’s Café in Colaba is fun if you are a fan of the legendary/easily mock-able Shantaram. While there is a bar upstairs (where much of the action from the book took place,) the café downstairs sells passable western fare. Of course it’s really for the atmosphere. Last time I visited, there were bullet holes from the 2008 terrorist attack, transforming the typically mundane experience of a cafe into something much more visceral .
Shree Thaker Bhojanalay is a wonderful place to experience a tasty Thali. Although modest, this family-run restaurant has been a well-loved place to eat for over thirty years!
Chiang Mai, Thailand
The night market in Chiang Mai alone is worth the visit. Try the skewered chicken livers, the sausage and the fried spring rolls. It is easy to wander aimlessly for hours, sampling local foods and bargaining over tacky souvenirs at this world-famous night market.
Dar Afram Although Technically a place to stay, rather than to eat, this riad offers dinner and breakfast daily which is prepared by local Moroccan women. Served in a cozy setting, a several course meal is well worth the stay. Breakfast is served on the roof, where you can take in the wonderful views of the ocean to boot.
Triksala Café serves an abundance of fish and vegetarian dishes, and is known for it’s inviting atmosphere. Arrive early to claim a spot.
Kedai Kopi Chung Wah is well-known for it’s chicken rice balls, and with good reason. Be prepared to wait for your delicious meal, as the place is rather popular and it commonly has a long line.
Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant Unassuming in it’s residential location, do not be deceived. This place is a powerhouse when it comes to Pakistani cuisine and is a real favourite with the locals! Sit outside on cheap chairs and enjoy the tantalizing aromas wafting over from the kitchen.
This third-tier city boasts an ancient town along with imposing bell-tower, but is best known (in our minds at least) for it’s local cuisine. Although admittedly… locals often warned against street food and eating out in general (“It’s dangerous!”), we found the food here to taste extraordinarily good. Pop your head into any local joint and order Yu Xiang Rou Si (stir-fried pork in a garlic sauce), Hui Guo Rou (twice cooked pork), Mi Fen Zhen Rou (Pork with rice powder). A lot of pork? What can I say? Probably best to avoid China if you’re vegetarian!
There is also a top-notch Xiao Long Bao (Shanghainese soup dumpling) place that we have yet to find replicated, that goes down in our personal history as one of the best places we have ever eaten. Located in the old city, this literal hole-in-the-wall was hidden on a side street from
Prague, Czech Republic
It has been years, but I still dream of the humble smažený sýr, which is quite literally fried cheese in a bun. Do not sneer as I did. This sumptuous treat is sold out of a truck, and there is no way that I can do justice to the textures and flavours that encompass every orfice of your mouth while sampling. So, in short, you must go and try a smažený sýr for yourself!
Of course, these are just a few of many many wonderful culinary experiences… What are yours? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us of anywhere we have left out!
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