Week 5 : Asia Deli (South China)

After last week’s disappointment my expectations were lowered. China came up for this week and I set to work researching where to go. The options were of course vast but my reading informed me that the number of actually decent options was very low as Berlin doesn’t have a good reputation for Chinese food. After reading this blog entry which talks about the top three we decided upon Asia Deli in Wedding. Firstly it wasn’t in Wilmersdorf Charlottenburg (not a fan) and secondly it is very close to Vagabund – one of our favourite craft beer bars. Asia Deli is famous for its Hunan specialities so we decided that this will count as South China as it is such a huge country it would be unfair to try just one regional cuisine and declare it wholly ‘Chinese’.

We didn’t book which it turned out was a mistake as the restaurant was packed full with people waiting outside. This was a good sign but unfortunate. We spoke to the waiter in German and found out we could come back at 10.30 (two hours later). Not being particularly hungry we agreed and went off for some craft beer.

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Two hours later we came back to the restaurant and I realised my German is not all I thought it was. When the waiter had said “halb zehn” (half ten) I took this as the English ‘half past ten’, when we arrived to a nearly empty restaurant and an annoyed waiter we realised our mistake that in German halb means before not after. Thankfully he kept the kitchen open and some delicious food ensued.

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As for the detail…well the facts are a bit sketchy as during the two hour wait we had consumed a large quantity of tasty strong craft beer and we were ravenous and pissed. We ordered ribs, pork, king prawns and something else I can’t remember. It was all fresh, yummy and the spicy food was indeed spicy. The beer was cheap, the service was quick and friendly (after we were forgiven) and the bill for a mountain of food and three beers was 37 euros. We tipped big, vowed to return sober and waddled home content and very full.

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