A big UP! to our first contributor from outside the Number 22 and a beer compound, Claus Haslauer. (Who’s completely un-foodie, but nonetheless admirable website, planetwater.org, can be found here.) Thanks, Claus. I hope you are the first of many and look foward to more contributions in the near future. You have to work on the quality of the photography though. It’s just a little to good!
photo: Claus Haslauer
Goi – Thai Restaurant
Stuttgarter Str. 35
70469 Stuttgart Feuerbach
phone: +49 – 711 – 260000
Date eaten: 21-February-2009, ~6:30pm
Price: 6.5 Euros.
Number 22 is listed under “baked dishes (a little spicy)”. It is done “Shezuan Style with vegetables”. For the type of protein that goes with it you have the choice between pork, chicken, duck, fish, and calamari. There is a small list of beers to choose, I went with a Singha 0.33 bottle, for 2.5 Euros. I could have gotten a Chinese beer, a German wheat beer or a German lager as well.
My order turned out to be a plate full with delicious food: rice, the vegetables with the sauce, and the baked calamari. Now, the menu says “baked”, however, I would say those calamari were battered and fried. For me that didn’t turn things into a bad direction. Those were really good fried calamari. If the chef wanted to improve anything: serve them a bit warmer, and somehow get rid of excess oil. The two other parts of the dish were the vegetables and the sauce. The vegetables consisted mainly of cabbage, bamboo, soy sprouts, peppers, and green onions. The sauce I liked even better than the calamari! Those vegetables were submersed in the sauce, the “Shezuan sauce”, which I never had before. It reminded me of a “sweet-sour sauce”, but more spicy. It went very well with the fried calamari. There’s not much to say about the beer and the rice. They were good. To conclude, I really liked the dish! As an extra: it was a lot!
“The Goi” is one of my most frequently visited restaurants. From the restaurants I know, it offers the best bang for the buck in the Stuttgart area for Asian-/Thai- food. The dishes are freshly prepared in a kitchen into which the entire restaurant can look through a huge glass facade which I like for that kind of restaurant. The seating possibilities are not endless, so I would recommend to make a reservation during peak hours during lunch and dinner. The restaurant is easily reachable with a short walk from the Feuerbach train station. My girlfriend has one dish that she always has when she eats there (number 31, Thai wok, red curry, crabs), I have been experimenting a little bit in the past, but have usually settled with one dish as well (number 33, Thai wok, peanut sauce, pork). So the imposed variety by ordering number 22 was welcome for me, to break out from the normal! ;-)
I give the shezuan style baked calamari 8 out of 10 possible stars.