Posts tagged ‘Barbeque’
So I’ve been longing to try some real BBQ in the south of the US, and the Rolling Bones BBQ seemed just like the place. One of the gentlemen who I met up at this converted gas station seemed a little jumpy due to the surroundings, I can tell you that even though I was wearing a suit, nothing happened. Apparently when I got out of the cab some other patrons had to chuckle, this doesn’t seem to be your type of establishment where people go to by taxi. The place is like a fast food joint, you grab your meat at the counter and sit down to eat. I started off with some ribs, which were juicy, smoky and had a decent (not spectacular) sauce on top. I’m not quite sure what this white stuff was, apparently the americans call it bread, it felt more like the stuffing material inside a cheap couch. On the plus side was the brisket, again smoky, with a rich, umami taste to it. My favourite part however was the pork taco I had, simply delicious. I’d have to deduct some points for the side orders, neither the Ocra nor the Cole Slaw were sizzling. Overall a good BBQ joing, cheap and of high quality. Just sitting in the dining room, when they opened an oven it smelt beautiful. To be fair, if you scare easily, not the place you would want to walk to.
A revisit to the Bambushain, a korean BBQ placed proved to be quite successful. The dumplings were okay, and decent enough to get us going. We tried a Kimchi Omlette, it was lacking spice but otherwise had the nice slighlty greasy taste you expect of these. Finally the main part was the BBQ. Unlike New York (my favorite place Wonjo 32 with real coals), the selection of meats, fish and vegetables was a bit small and you cook on a gas grill. You still get the smell but not quite as much fun out of the experience. I also would have preferred a wider array of side dishes, but I guess for Zurich it’s okay. Overall you get a so-so Korean BBQ experience, definetly a good one if you’ve never had it or you’re in Zurich. What needs to be pointed out that the prices are really fair:
Before dining in new cities, seasoned diners do meticolous research and come up with a selection of must try restaurants. I didn’t and ended up wandering around Tokyo. I walked past an interesting place and decided to eat there, I was asked to come back in an hour later and got a seat Roppongi Robataya. Sometimes I just am a truly lucky bastard, this place was a big hit. The “kitchen” is a couple of barbeques on a pedestal, which is operated by two cooks sitting cross-legged, with dozens of vegetables, meats and fish strewn around them. The seats are organized like a horseshoe around the pedestal. There’s no menu and you just order by selecting whatever is available on display. Drinks and food are handed to you by the guys sitting on the pedestal by means of a large paddle. Sake flowing, chit-chat going, and when the waiter found out that the guys next to us are from Germany he smiles and says “Bundesliga”. Food is right up my alley. Grilled, simple food done right. My favourite were the Enoki mushrooms. The slender and soft mushrooms do really well on the grill and the coal aroma mixes well with the natural Enoki flavor. The strangest thing were the crabs. Small ones which one would eat whole. No flavor, almost no smell but a huge crunch were the deal. I didn’t quite understand why one would eat these. Prices are above average, a dinner for two cost roughly 250 CHF including sake and beer. I told this to a colleague who was there a couple of days later. He went for dinner with a hungry buddy and they racked up a bill of 550 CHF by ordering everything off the menu twice….