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When André Sander sent in this Number 22 and a beer, his e-mail started off by simply stating: A real recommendation this time! As if the previous ones had been some sort of cruel hoax!

On my next visit to Berlin I will surely follow his advice. 

This could well be the most “exotic” Number 22 and a beer so far, seeing as how more peaople have probably sampled sushi, than a real Wiener Schnitzel, or  that great Austrian dish known as Tafelspitz, in essence boiled beef, but oh, what a beef it is! Austria may be small but its contributions to the gourmet world are endless.

Here we are served a Brettl-Jaus’n or board lunch. A decidedly rustic dish served in all alpine german-speaking regions, but elevated to its culinary peak in Austria. 

photo by andré sander for: Number 22 and a beer

photo by andré sander for: Number 22 and a beer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

„Heuriger in Berlin“

Schivelbeiner Straße 27
10439 Berlin

heuriger-in-berlin.de

Dark Hefe-Weizen   3,40€
Brettljaus’n                8,50€

If you dare to follow the Schievelbeiner Strasse in Berlin’s district Prenzlauer Berg down to almost its end you will come to an Austrian restaurant owned by Gerhard Masopust, who is an enthusiastic Austrian. His assignment is to bring original Wiener Schnitzel to Berlin, and that’s what his restaurant is famous for. And of course that was the reason we went there. But once we had arrived I remembered that nice “#22 and a beer”

tradition and so I skipped all the alternatives on the menu and ordered the #22. The place itself is not too crowded and the atmosphere is typically Austrian with a wooden interior and some kind of Austrian “Volksmusik”, which is not too annoying, since it is only audible in the very background.

Although I felt very hungry, it knocked me off my feet when the Brettljaus’n was brought by the waiter. It was an overloaded wooden plate with lots of meat on it. Salami, boiled ham, lyoner, gammon and Edamer. Ten or more pieces of each. So I probably got half a kilo of toppings. It came with mustard and fresh kren (Austrian horse radish) and some really good sour dough bread. I especially appreciated the bread, since it is hard to find tasty bread nowadays. All of the meat was very good and fresh. Try out the gammon with kren. It’s really yummy! Of course I couldn’t eat all – I ate about a third and even that was too much – but the friendly stuff saved the rest for us.

The price was really fair!

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Today’s Number 22 and a beer comes to us from reader Holger Boerner of Berlin. Thanks Holger for the dish and recommendation.

If you are travelling through Germany on a budget Berlin is a great bet. In no other German city will you encounter as many restaurants with good food and almost ridiculously low prices. In a Thai place in Friedrichshain I actually once had a vegetarian coconut soup that cost less than the beer. And the brew was domestic!

Holger opted for a german classic: malt beer. Not actually beer, this non-alcoholic beverage is sweet and dark brown and a favorite among german kids. “Zis iss a bier, zat makes us look like ze grone ups!”
I guess it is one of those things you have to grow up with to appreciate. I hate it, then again, I have never ever met a German who likes root beer.

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photo: Holger Boerner for Number 22 and a beer!

Restaurant Lieu in BErlin
Kurfürstenstr. 112
10787 Berlin/Germany
U-Bahn Wittenbergplatz then a short walk
or take the bus (Line 100) to Schillstr. and walk 50 meters
Opening hours:
M-F: 12:00 – 15:00 + 17:30 – 23:00
Saturday: 17:30 – 23:00
closed on Sunday
http://www.lieu-in-berlin.de

Date eaten: March 11 2009
Preis: € 3,50 , Maltbeer € 2,50

Coconut milk soup with shrimp
Pleasantly spiced, not too hot soup with a good amount of fresh ingredients and 2 large shrimp

Restaurant Lieu is a friendly restaurant with very good food, courteous service and great prices.

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….or should I say “Numéro 22 et une biere”?

Thanks to Gourmetpilot Joerg Lehmann I am proud to present the first international Number 22 and a beer. It comes from the gastronomic city of cities: Paris. Yes, the one in France. Really.

Joerg is an internationally known food photographer (and many other things besides food, to be exact) and I am proud to have worked with him in the past. Considering his penchant for all things Asian, especially Japanese, I am certain to have a very trustworthy Number 22 and a beer here for our consideration. The photo, regrettably, does not meet our exacting standards, being somewhat too much in focus and well composed. But it will have to do.

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photo: Joerg Lehmann for Number 22 and a beer

RESTAURANT EBISU
19, rue st. roch
75001 paris
tel.: 00331.42.61.05.90
metro lines 1, 14 and 7, jump off at tuileries or pyramides
open monday-saturday 12h – 14:30h and 19h – 23h

Date eaten: March 5, 2009
Price of meal: 13,50 for the menu, plus 5 Euros for the beer

Usually being a wine drinker, I had my first beer in 2009 here. The Number 22 I sampled consisted of sauteed shrimp, rice, misosoup and a small salad. There beer was a japanese brew, Yebisu. All in all very good.

Ebisu is a slightly fusiony asian restaurant, a little chinese, a litle vietnamese, the chef speaks japanese as do most of the guests. The place is usually packed, especially for lunch and most dishes can be had for a measly sum (by Parisian standards): between 11 and 15 Euros.

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Number 22 and a beer is catching on, I am happy to proclaim! Close to two thousand visitors in the first week is, in my small blog world, quite a number. Many thanks to all those linking the site!

This Number 22 and a beer comes to us from Nadine Meisinger, of Darmstadt, Germany. Her post is our first non-asian 22, and proof that even in a city named after intestines, a good meal is not that hard to come by. Her professional website can be found here.

For lovers of Persian cuisine Haroun’s seems to be a good bet. (Why do the never call it Iranian food?)

photo :nadine meisinger

photo :nadine meisinger

Haroun´s”
Arabic and Persian Restaurant
Friedensplatz 6
64293 Darmstadt
Germany
phone: 06151/23487
http://www.harouns.de/

Date eaten: 23. February 2009
Price: 6,90 Euros

This Number 22 is a very savoury, crispy baked, still warm Pide (pita bread) with a delicious and spicy topping of hash, egg, onions, tomatos and parsley. Along with a nice beer brewed from wheat from the local Darmstaedter Brewery. From my description you can already guess: I enjoyed my Number 22 very much!

Here in Darmstadt, the “Haroun´s” is one of my favourite restaurants. It´s very tiny (they have only about 20 seats) and it is recommended that you arrange a table in advance. Haroun Ismael, the owner, will make you feel at home instantly, he´s a very warm and hearty person. The food at Haroun´s is absolutely gorgeous, they offer a big variety of dishes, every one of them a delight for the taste buds. The Falafel is a treat, just like the Hummus! My absolute favourite is Fatteh with Chicken: Roasted pieces of chicken breast on pita bread, with rice, and a generous portion of garlic/mint yoghurt topping. Oh, and if you´re there: Try the Lebanese wine – it´s excellent.

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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!

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photo: Claus Haslauer

Goi – Thai Restaurant

Stuttgarter Str. 35
70469 Stuttgart Feuerbach



phone: +49 – 711 – 260000


http://www.goi.de/


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.




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Bok Restaurant
Schanzenstraße 27
20357 Hamburg, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)40 4306780

http://www.bokgmbh.com

Date eaten: February 17 9:17 pm

Price: € 6.90

Oh the glory that is satay! Not only one of Thailand’s top 3 exports, the other two being wacky names for their royals (Bhumibol in the house!) and of course, sexually transmitted diseases, satay might be one of the greatest contributions to the global food chain.

When done correctly, its simplicity is as stunning as it is pleasing. Some tender chicken straight off the charcoal grill and a peanut sauce that combines the sweetness of palm sugar or honey with the refreshing heat of ginger and the bite of fresh garlic are all it takes to make for a great meal. Throw in some exhaust fumes from about a million mopeds, and one is immediately transported to a street food stall in Bangkok. If done poorly, satay just might make you wish you had ordered a ham sandwich.

I wish I had ordered a ham sandwich.

Don’t let the zen-like sparseness of the dish pictured fool you. No meditating master chef was at work here. The uniform color made the alarms go off, before I had even tasted the skewered insulating foam on the plate in front of me: where were the grill marks? Where the scent of charcoal? Instead these appeared to have come straight out of the kitchen appliance from hell: the deep-fryer. (The only thing worse than satay out of a deep fryer is Wiener Schnitzel.) The crust did have an amazing ability though. While being cool to the touch, it managed to conceal behind its dry barrier relatively moist chicken, at a core temperatur of what I’d guess to have been around 397°C. The resulting burns on my tongue did manage to make the next course, tom kha gai, more bearable.

But what about the sauce? This I had hoped would be the saving element, the deciding goal in the 90th minute of the World Cup final, turning desaster into delight. But alas, the shot went straight over the cross bar. Thin, uneventful and boring. But strangely enough, I wish there had been a little more of it. Because the last two skewers were rather dry and drab all on their own.

The beer was an Erdinger Weißbier. Light and refreshing.

All in all a pretty lame Number 22. While not inedible it left me pining for the real thing. Minus the mopeds.

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Man Wah Restaurant
Spielbudenplatz 18
20359 Hamburg, Germany
TEl +4940 3192511

Date eaten: February 15 12:27 am

Price € 11.90

Number 22 here was “Chicken with straw mushrooms and ginger.” Served piping hot in a small steel wok-type thing. The chicken was tender, though slightly bland. The sauce was pungent and fruity-spicy, due to copious amounts of fresh ginger. A little odd: the straw mushrooms. They looked like the eyes of an extinct amphibious bi-ped, and shared a similar consistency. Or at least I figure this is how the eyes of an extinct amphibious bi-ped might feel in my mouth. All in all, a fairly tame, but quite tasty Number 22. The beer was Warsteiner, a self-proclaimed “premium beer,” but definitely my least favorite german industrial beer.

Man wah is a Hamburg-institution and offers good quality chinese food and dim sum. I think they are almost always open.

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