Discovering this spot last summer was a very important moment for me and made my life instantly better – sublime Chinese food at very affordable prices in a run-down deli on Wedding’s Seestraße: Asia Deli became my summer-love, to which I returned time and time again, each time with loads of friends to make sure we’d be able to taste as many dishes as possible. Alas, many romances end as fast as they start. When I heard that the original chef had left at the end of last Autumn and disappointed eaters reported a decline in quality, I intuitively knew it was never gonna be the same. This is maybe why I waited so long to return myself, too scared to face the facts. It’s only food, you say? Why the drama, you ask? This must mean you’ve never eaten at Asia Deli before November 2014 and the only thing I can say is: I’m sorry you missed this.
When I went back a couple weeks ago (I didn’t even dare to break the news instantly but had to wait a few days to let it sink in…), I was happy to see they still offered the same bright red menu and went on to order my former favorite: the vegetarian version of the fish-fragranced aubergine.
It was fine.
However, it used to be great! It used to induce all those food-endorphins, all that bliss, all that joy that divine food is able to create in your mouth, belly, heart and soul. Yes, I might exaggerate, but some of you will know what I am talking about (I’m hoping…) Returning to a place that was once able to do that but isn’t anymore is just… sad.
It’s obviously highly unfair to order only one dish to write this spot off, but I couldn’t order more and I probably won’t come back (too much drama?). Unless one of you eager eaters reports a change of quality. They’ve done it once again, why shouldn’t they be able to return to their former glory? Summer is coming!