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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Mosquito – for all your DIM SUM needs
Mosquito – Exotic Tapas
Sometimes it can be a chore to find good quality, authentic oriental food in the city that isn’t a 500 capacity, all-you-can-eat, Chinese-Argentinian-Japanese-Catalan buffet/grill hotchpotch. There are some fine Japanese restaurants, but when it comes to authentic Chinese or Vietnamese, where’s the homemade dim sum when you need it? Where’s a classically nourishing, clear Asian broth – the soul food lauded by scientists and mothers the world over, not to mention hung-over twenty somethings?
You’ll only find the real deal at Mosquito, whose motto is “Life without DUMPLING is not worth living” – and I couldn’t agree more. An intimate French-run establishment but orchestrated exclusively by Chinese and Vietnamese staff in the kitchen, this place also invites you to sample a beer (or two) from their wall-to-wall selection of little-known Catalan, Dutch and German beers as you enjoy their “exotic tapas”. The brews also double up as a great distraction as you may have to wait to be seated – it’s very popular, especially during peak hours. The English-speaking staff are polite and jovial, and will happily help you decipher the menu (only in Catalan at present).
Get there before 5 to enjoy some of the finest original Vietnamese street-food – Pho Bo (pronounced Fu-h Bo-h), a steaming broth of pure health-giving goodness. Presented in generous bowls with a hefty web of rice-noodles and topped with beef and coriander, the idea is to garnish the soup yourself with chili, basil, mint, lime and beansprouts, making it as sinus clearing as you so please. Other specialties to recommend include the sticky pork ribs (costellas de porc), superb Thai fishcakes (Bunyols de peix thai) beef dumplings (Vedella shuijao) and cabbage salad (amanida de col), as well as several tofu and other vegetarian-friendly dishes. Exercise caution when ordering, however – the dishes are small but very more-ish.
These sound amazing. I cant wait to try them. Thanks for the advice Natasha
September 16th, 2011 at 5:49, posted by Alex