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A Taste of China, Hong Kong, and Japan…in Madrid

Torijiro is part of The Adios Puerto Rico, Hola España Trip Report. Read TPOL in Madrid: Why A Second Residency?

When I wrote TPOL Now Living in Madrid!, I did not think that my real-time Madrid posts would be so Food & Drink focused. But besides sex and drugs and house, what else is there in life? #devil #acapulco #palladium

Today’s installment of TPOL’s Tastes comes from a fun restaurant called Torijrio, located in my Chamberí neighborhood, an area that I see no reason to leave. From the outside, I thought I was going to a Japanese restaurant. From the mural on the wall, I thought I was in Hong Kong. From Tsingtao beer, I thought I was in Shanghai. It only occurred to me that I was in Europe when I received the bill for $50.

a sign on a building
a restaurant with signs and pictures
Japanese sign, Chinese sign, and Hong Kong mural
a group of dim sum baskets on a table
Hong Kong Dim Sum and Shanghai dumplings
a bowl of soup with meat and vegetables
Japanese ramen
a bowl of rice with a wooden spoon
Whatever it’s called, it’s Japanese and it’s delicious

As far as the food goes, I would skip the dim sum. It was not fresh. The xiao long bao, though not the quality of Yang’s or Yu Garden (see Yang’s Dumpling Shanghai: Still #1 Yu Garden Shanghai: Only Go for the Dumplings), was still a celebration in my mouth (see Xiao Long Bao: A Tutorial). The best dish was the Japanese spicy rice.

In terms of language, it was fun trying to decipher the Spanish words for Asian foods. It was also fun to speak a combination of Mandarin and Spanish to the Chinese-Spanish workers. Ultimately, pointing at pictures on the menu worked best.

a neon sign in a window
Translation in English: sex and drugs and house
a red circle with blue writing on a grey surface
Translation in Spanish: delicioso

TPOL’s Tip: Torijiro is located at Calle de Fernández de la Hoz, 70, 28003 Madrid


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