Posted in Bars, El Born, International cuisine, Vegetarian morsels, tagged dim sum, duck, dumplings, Mosquito, noodles, pancakes on December 26, 2012 |
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If, like me, you feel full to bursting from all the Christmas cheer and heavy grub, and there’s also a few pennies left to afford a meal out, then there’s probably no better antidote to the usual Christmas fodder than the Asian dumplings and dim sum of Mosquito.It’s been several weeks since I last ate at Mosquito and I’m not going to blag that I can remember the exact details of what we ate there. All I can say is it was good, very good, oh, and we ordered far more than we needed, but still polished off the lot.
Mosquito is known for its high quality beers both on the barrel and in bottles and although the thought of sinking this strong Belgian beer turns my stomach slightly after the excesses of the last few days, it was a mighty fine brew at the time. It’s very easy to get carried away, as we did, with the wide selection of dumplings and hot and cold dishes. Better to order a few at a time and add to it than suddenly find a table overflowing with mini plates. I wish I was good at following my own advice sometimes.
Whilst I can’t remember ‘what was what’ of everything we ordered the stand out dishes were all the dumplings which were light and zingy and all hand made by the team of very efficient women out back. The fried duck was magnificent but I would leave that until rich food starts to appeal again and the Sichuan pepper beef and pancakes were also memorable.
Despite our gluttony we still came away with change from 20€ for our dinner, being reluctant to pig out post Christmas, the bill would probably come in at even less. Mosquito is a must visit.
Mosquito, C/Carders 46, Born
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Posted in Bistros / restaurants, Gracia, International cuisine, tagged fusion, Japonese, kakiage, Kibuka, maki, noodles, sushi, tempura, yaki udon on May 20, 2012 |
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They were queuing out of the door at Kibuka on the rain sodden night we scurried there huddled under our umbrellas. Yet, by some stroke of luck and being an odd party of three we were seated almost immediately, on the proviso that we were out of the door again in 90 minutes. Fair enough, the price you pay for queue jumping I suppose. So, like our feet in the puddles, we plunged straight into the menu and got cracking with a plate of kakiage vegetable tempura with a dipping sauce of the same name. Light and crispy yet rather cumbersome with all the vegetables lumped together before frying. Trying to dip those bad boys in the accompanying sauce using chopsticks was quite a feat.
‘Kakiage’ vegetable tempura
My companion recommended Kibuka as its fusion of Japanese food with international flavours allow her to indulge her love of sushi whilst avoiding one of her biggest food hells of fish. Hence the ‘Tori-Uramaki’ with fried chicken, lettuce, avocado and mayonnaise which surprised even this fusion cynic with its lightness and cleaness.
‘Tori-Uramaki’ with fried chicken
The dreary weather and my cold, waterlogged feet led me to something more comforting and I chose the plump Yaki-Udon noodles with vegetables and grilled duck breast, rich, saucy and unctuous that whisked me away from those numb toes, although on another occasion I’d like to sample the lighter options and a wider range of the sushi.
Duck breast ‘Yaki-Udon’
We asked for the bill and it appeared instantly, almost by magic. So they weren’t expecting us having dessert then. It was all a little rushed for my liking but we knew what we letting ourselves in for when we sat down so can hardly complain. However, lesson learnt to maybe give the Saturday night a miss when I next return so I can savour the experience and selection.
Kibuka, C/Verdi 64 and also at C/Goya 9, Gracia
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