There are tons of international restaurants in Munich sometimes offering true specialities from their respective countries but at times also some poor imitations… How do you usually make the difference? Well one of the things we’ve all heard once (and certainly considered as valuable information) is something around the lines of “this Japanese place is really good, plus it’s always full of Japanese people!”

We definitely think this is useful information and would like to share with you in our new category Melting Pot, where expats from all around the world go in Munich to have food from home. Today it’s Canada’s turn… Meet Sasha! We hope you find it useful!

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have been living in Munich?
My name is Sasha Gora and I’m from Toronto, Canada. I have been based in Munich for the past two years.

2. What do you do in Munich?
I work as a writer and copyeditor for an internet company by day and by night I cook, eat and write about cooking and eating for Honest Cooking. I also write exhibition reviews now and then.

3. What is important for you in a restaurant (good food, good service, great decoration, cheap prices)?
The food! To me, good food is as simple as good ingredients combined with a little integrity and passion. I like restaurants that tell stories with the ingredients they use and the ways they combine them. If a restaurant has the above, then I’m smitten. Everything else is just extra butter, totally delicious but not necessary.

4. What is your favourite restaurant or café in Munich? If you’re not from Germany, where do you go in Munich to eat food from your home country?
I grew up in Toronto. In other words, I grew up in a city that spoiled me with ridiculously good food. And food from everywhere! New York and London both are assumed to be the world’s most multicultural cities, but this title actually goes to Toronto. Over half of Torontonians were born outside of Canada and 47% have a mother tongue that isn’t English or French.

Canadian food is quite conceptual. It is based on ingredients, individual histories and shared communities and, in turn, it is a true melting pot. It really can be anything and everything. By the time I was in middle school, I was a dim sum devotee and by the end of high school I had eaten at all the restaurants in Little India. Therefore, it makes sense that there isn’t really such a thing as a restaurant outside of Canada serving “Canadian” food.

So the restaurants that I eat at when I’m feeling homesick don’t serve “Canadian” food; instead, the atmosphere or the approach feels like home. Canada is a country that is all about comfort. And so, cafes such as Bar Centrale where you can chat with strangers and hang out all day, to me, feel Canadian. And restaurants like Fei Scho that reinterpret classics and aren’t afraid to trespass across the national borders of cuisines take care of any sense of home sick I have.

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Photo by Liya Chechik 

6. In 3 lines, why do you like it so much and why would you recommend fffoood.com readers to go there? Any specific meal you recommend?

Fei Scho is a reminder of how unexpected and new the flavours of Bavarian food can taste when imagined differently. Although Fei Scho sounds Asian, it is actually Bavarian dialect and the food it serves is a fusion of the two. They have a few classic dumplings on the menu and the schweinekrustbraten in dunkelbiersauce is the star. It is sure to convince you that Bavarian meat is as at home in a dumpling wrapper as it is with a Maβ at Oktoberfest. They also have fun seasonal dumplings, like apricot and chicory in summer. It might seem a little pricey at first, but the dumplings come with a whole mini-buffet of salads and pickled veggies. Also, if they have the banana chocolate dumpling for dessert the day you visit, do say yes.

Bar Centrale is an institution and rightly so. It reminds me of being in Italy just as much as being in Toronto’s Little Italy. I love that it is somewhere you can go all day. It is just as good for breakfast as it is for an afternoon spritz or for a dinner of pasta. You can go alone, hangout at the bar, drink a coffee and chat with the regulars. Or, you can cuddle up on one of the low leather benches in the back room and order dinner. It is just as easy to step in for a five minute shot of espresso as it is to hang out for a three hour, wine fueled dinner. Also, they have the tiniest servings of tiramisu in espresso cups which means that no matter how full you may be, you always have room for dessert!

Finding Fei Scho:

Homepage: http://feischo.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fei-Scho/236375173078186

Kolosseumstraße 6
80469Munich

Tel: 089 55062299

Opening Times:
Mon – Fri: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Finding Bar Centrale:

Homepage: http://www.bar-centrale.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BAR-CENTRALE/381991963992

Ledererstraße 23
80331 Munich

Tel: 089 223762

Opening Times:

Mon – Sat: 7:30 am – 1:00 am
Sun: 9:00 am – 1:00 am

Wanna be featured in our next Melting Pot article like Sasha? Send us a mail at tips@fffoood.com and we’ll get back to you quickly…

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