Blah décor (immaculate walls, tightly squeezed wooden tables), fast-paced staff, disheveled bike delivery couriers… We definitely don’t come to Zhao Baoyan’s place for the ambiance! Instead, we come for the freshly prepared Chinese flavor bombs hailing from the Xi’an region, which continue to spice up the neighborhood. The day we went for lunch: baby green vegetables and chicken morsels bathed in a rich sesame sauce; tasty fresh noodles with chili and sesame, plus grated carrots and cucumber; plump momo (a sort of bao bun made with a tougher dough) stuffed with stewed pork in plenty of jus; the house’s famous homemade biang biang noodles, stretched by hand in full view of the customers and cooked with celery, carrots, potatoes, fresh chives and cilantro – or the versions with tomatoes and scrambled eggs or braised beef; before a decent green tea cake for dessert. // G.LeP.
FEELING THIRSTY? There’s fresh Tsingtao IPA (€4 for 330 ml) or soy milk (€3.50 for 300 ml).
PRICE: Appetizers €5.50, noodles from €10.50 to €11.50, momo from €6.50 to €7.50, desserts €3.50.