At some point, we’ve all been guilty: Eating in bed or on the couch, dangerously balancing the plate or sitting cross-leggedly, bending over it. But have you ever been invited to sit like that in a restaurant? At a table? This week, I’ve had my first cross-legged lunch and also my first Tyrolean goulash at Marend Restaurant in Hamburg.
When we first entered the Tyrolean restaurant, my friend Olalla and I were a bit confused about the seats. There are regular ones, bar stools and elevated benches next to the windows. The latter were new to us, so obviously, that’s what we chose. “How do you sit there?” “Cross-legged, I guess!”
Austrian food somehow always makes me feel at home. For one part it might be the fact that is is closer to home than Hamburg – this week, I even started to eat Obazda (a kind of Austrian soft cheese), which I never really did before. I used to spend a lot of holidays in Austria with my family, my Swabian Mum often cooks similar meals and I’ve got a new Austrian friend, so I’m really fond of that culture right now. And once I began stuffing those awesome dumplings into my mouth, my taste buds passionately agreed. They’re in love now. Olalla absolutely adores the place: Like me, she’s totally into dumplings and, as a perfect extra to her, the whole crew speaks Spanish.
By the end of the meal, our bellies were incredibly full and our feet were a bit numb. But that’s just because we’re not used to casual sitting in restaurants and I think we should change that!
Marend – Tiroler Küche