Being a food lover, I never miss out on an opportunity to try out new restaurants or cafes. Having friends sharing the same level of foodiness just quadruples the fun!In the two years that I have spent in Europe so far, there were a few times when I faced difficulties finding vegetarian food, and sometimes ended up paying through my nose for something as horrible as a small quantity of potatoes and yoghurt. But, nevertheless, I happened to visit a few places which left me (and my tastebuds) with super-delicious memories and are responsible for my sudden food cravings So, here goes my list:
1.The Best Carrot Cake and Carrot-Cream Soup – About six months ago, I went on a trip to Prague with some of my friends.Everything about the trip was great (except the rains ofcourse), but the best memory I have is of the lovely (surprisingly)vegetarian restaurant our friend took us to. I remember walking quite a bit that day, but I have NEVER ever had a (carrot) cake and a (carrot-cream) soup as delicious as I had at Estrella Restaurant. Infact, I was initially quite skeptical about how the carrot and cream soup would taste. But, all my doubts vanished as soon as I had the first spoonful. Thinking of the carrot cake now makes me wish I could bring back a lifetime’s supply with me!
2.The Best Dumplings with Mushroom Sauce – I intended to devote an entire post to my quest for the best dumplings. Too bad I haven’t done it yet.But, let me brief it up for you. So, sometime nearly three months ago, I paid a visit to my lovely friend(+foodie pal) in Tübingen, more of a University town in South Germany. She had told me excitedly that all her food research was up-to-date and had made a mental list of ALL the places we should eat at (#LoveHerSoMuch) We went to a beautiful restaurant called the Neckarmüller , overlooking the river Neckar. As usual, I did not know what vegetarian dish would be the safest to order. But, thanks to her, I ordered the Dumplings with Mushroom Sauce, and TILL DATE, haven’t come across any other place offering THAT taste in their dumplings!Maybe I’ll do a detailed a post about it sometime afterall. But, for now, don’t take it as a joke if I say to you that the thought of making a day trip JUST for the dumplings has occurred to me..err.. a few times or so.
3.The Best Mexican Food(Enchilidas and more)- There is no questioning this in my mind.Thanks to my friends in Bonn, I had the opportunity to frequent Tacos whenever I (or my foodie pal) craved for the cheesy,delicious Enchiladas. Though I always had a choice of limited items, my non-vegetarian friends loved most of what they tried. In fact, sometimes, there would be such a long queue for the seats that waiting for 45 mins- 1 hour was not uncommon for people.
4.The Best Chinese Food - Bonn lovers, I hope you agree with me on this one. Ding Dong is the best place for having a Chinese buffet.What say you? C’mon, I know you have stuffed your dishes with food to the brim many a times and have even got it packed when you could eat no more. Of all the places I tried, this was the only one serving food which tasted well + wasn’t soaked in oil. I miss you too, Ding Dong
5.The Best Indian Food - Well, the quest for finding good Indian food had been quite disappointing when I was in Bonn. Apart from Dosas at ‘Taste of India:South’, I thought my friends cooked better than all the expensive food we tried at a few restaurants.However, I am pleased to say that I have found a place serving the best tasting and affordable North Indian Food – Raja Rani in Heidelberg. Tada! I am so very thankful to my friend who first took me to this place. I could not believe that such taste could be experienced in Germany, and at such a reasonable price. I’ve never since stopped referring it to people or taking my friends there or infact, going there on weekends(well, most of them). My friend once said that whenever he missed Delhi , he would visit this place and enjoy the good tasting food.
6.The Best Falafel Sandwich - Falafel shops are a common sight in every city in Germany, I suppose. Falafel sandwiches have been my alternative to Burgers and Pizzas many a times. However, there has only been ONE place so far, that has set my taste buds tingling – Arbil Restaurant in Heidelberg , right across the street from Galeria at Bismarckplatz. I had walked past it so many times but never stopped to eat there, until one fine day. And oh boy! the taste of the freshly made Falafel balls is simply unforgettable. This is the only place where one has to wait for quite some time to get a Falafel. But, as they say, the wait is worth it.
So, this was my list of the best food I’ve had in Europe so far. I’ll surely keep adding to this list , as and when I visit more places. But for now, leave your comments below and let me know what you think about it. Have you visited any of these places? Or perhaps you have other recommendations? Would love to know!