Saturday, March 14, 2015
Indochine in Metz, France
Lately our work schedule has been crazy. I have my regular day schedule plus I've accepted teaching a night class a week and a Saturday morning class. It's a bit much, I know, but I figured I'd do it now before I turn 30. I promised MR I will slow down eventually. MR is quite the busy bee as well. He works an average of 5-6 days a week and only has 1 weekend off a month. It's no surprise when you work in the health service. Which is why I suggested that MR and SO join me in Metz after my Saturday morning class. The weather has improved and one can already feel Spring coming. After weeks of winter, a day of shopping and eating was exactly what we needed.
I've really been looking forward to this day. In the past weeks, I've written down the addresses of some of the stores and restaurants I've wanted to visit. It's been 3 years that I've been in France, but I still have to explore Metz, especially the old town, the city center, and its pedestrian-only streets filled with stores. Today's plans included quite a bit of activities, but first thing was LUNCH! :)
Lunch was at Indochine - an Asian restaurant which has a buffet and a wok/grill section. Seeing how busy the place was, I was excited to try it out. But unfortunately, at the end of the meal, we were left disappointed. There wasn't a lot of food choices, some food were out of place (i.e. duck mousse toasts), and others shouldn't even have been served! Thankfully, there was one or two surprises, but that's not enough for me to recommend this place or bring friends here.
Seafood and Fish Soup - the first surprise. A flavorful and aromatic clear soup with lots of vegetables and spices (not lots of fish and seafood though!). It's rare for Asian buffets in the region to serve soup, so this was really appreciated.
Salmon and Avocado Sushi (the only kind available), Thai Chicken Salad (blahhhh), and a Summer Spring Roll (which had more lettuce than anything else).
Chinese Fried Rice, Sauteed Noodles and Vegetables, Fried Fish in a Spicy Sauce, Pork Caramel, Fried Squid (I had one that was undercooked - eek!), and Fried Chicken Wing.
The second surprise was the Fried Chicken Wing. The skin was crunchy and the chicken meat was moist. It was definitely finger licking good! ;p
For my last plate, I headed to the wok/grill section. My plate was divided into two - I had beef steak and shrimps and mushrooms. Both were grilled and served with a sauce of choice on the side. I chose the spicy sauce which looked like red phlegm (yuck!!!!). Once I got past the thought, the shrimps were alright. The beef is another story. It was cooked rare, but it took forever just to chew and swallow the first bite. If it were up to me, it would be illegal to serve beef that tough and flavorless!
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