“I have died and gone to heaven!” I look behind me and see a man with one of those savvy hipster beards, holding a wrap I’m guessing is one of the meat wraps served by Shirkhan. He takes a bite and all I see is the wrap moving in slowmotion towards his mouth. Salads and onions flying in the air as he takes his bite. I am drooling and I realise I already have one arm in the air, reaching out to the wrap as K walks up to me and asks me something I can vaguely hear. I can only assume he is asking me what I want to eat, the only question I can imagine being asked at this point, to which I could only answer – MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!
One of my readers (yes, you!) suggested we try Viet View and so we did. We ordered a shrimp gỏi cuốn (Vietnamese rice rolls) and the ‘Saigon rib-eye’ bánh mì (Vietnamese baguette). The rice rolls could have gone with a little less vegetables and I would have liked the rib-eye a tad more rare, but other than that, both were delicious. This is where you want to start when you want to eat your way through the food market. It’s light and very satisfying. Prices: EUR 6-8.
Jabugo bar Iberico
I don’t think K even got to try this. I was munching on these slice after slice and like salty treats they melt away in your mouth. And then the iberico trims, those chewy trims! I am not an connoisseur of iberico ham, but just for the fact that we have a shop in Amsterdam that sells iberico ham (in cute little cones mind you!), is enough reason to try it. Price: EUR 4-6.
L’Entrecôte et les Dames
Meat-lovers all gather at L’Entrecôte et les Dames. We had a go at their entrecote ‘sandwich’. The meat was smoky, tender and juicy, everything you want your meat to be. It’s a shame this gorgeous meat is served in a bun – it needs no bun! I hope the owner will consider serving this entrecote in thin slices only, maybe a sauce on the side (or none really, it was really well-seasoned). I wouldn’t mind paying for good meat! Price: EUR 6,50.
You’re wondering if I got to have my Shirkhan wrap after all, I definitely did. We thought it would be the perfect way to end our meat quest for the day. The minute we took a bite out of this we knew – this is it. Everything just comes together in this chicken tikka massala. The vegetables, the green curry sauce, the heat, the cilantro (a very modern twist), the onions, everything. Shirkhan is supposed to represent ‘Mumbai street food’. If this is it, put me on a plane to Mumbai asap. Price: EUR 7.
That’s it for our second post. Read all about our first post here and tune in again next week for our next Foodhallen post!