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Exactly About A Chinese Bar, Shisha & Gorgeous, Gorgeous In Iraq

Exactly About A Chinese Bar, Shisha & Gorgeous, Gorgeous In Iraq

Upon arrival into the southern Kurdistan city of Sulamainiyah, Anil and I also immediately discovered ourselves giddy with joy upon discovering two Chinese restaurants when you look at the vicinity of y our resort. The only food we’d eaten were chicken and falafel sandwiches, not because of an abnormal love for such food, but because that was all we could find in other parts of the region after all, up until that point.

In order quickly as night approached and our hunger expanded, we eagerly wandered up to the bigger of this two Chinese restaurants we’d seen and prepared ourselves for a necessary feast of yummy Asian food.

Needless to say, had we taken a few momemts to correctly think this course of action through, we may have paused before carefully deciding to enter this floor restaurant that is second. Truthfully, the indication out front side prohibiting us from going into the establishment with any firearms or knives needs to have acted as an indication that is clear it was perhaps perhaps not your typical “lo mein-fortune cookie-free green tea” sort of Chinese eatery.

And I’m perhaps perhaps not certain regarding the friendly community Chinese restaurants, nevertheless the people I frequented once I had been more youthful and located in the usa, failed to need us become completely frisked by a sizable, fabric man that is jacket-clad walking through the entranceway. Luckily for us, Anil and I also had both determined in the minute that is last keep our AK-47s and machetes within our college accommodation and thus we both passed the protection check, and after that we wandered up to a dining dining table close to the windows.

And even as we sat down, first thing that people noticed, just as if this wouldn’t have taken place to us before, had been that the fantastic Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant had been one seedy establishment. Not just had been we the actual only real customers, nonetheless it ended up being inside that is eerily dark with just blinking fairy lights in the walls, which created an environment that more closely resembled a brothel within the backstreets of Mumbai (from exactly just exactly what I’ve noticed in movies needless to say).

Irrespective of our observations, we had been happy to place this sketchiness apart and focus on satisfying some Chinese food to our hunger.

But once the waitress, a new Chinese girl, approached our dining table, we had been quite astonished to locate ourselves in the middle of a discussion that went something like this:

Waitress: She claims one thing in Kurdish Us: We stare blankly at her

Waitress: “Kurdish? ” Us: “English? ”

Waitress: “You reside right here? ” Us: “No. We travel right right here. ”

Waitress: “What would you like? ” Us: “Food. Can a menu is seen by us? ”

Waitress: “Food? ” ( having a look that is incredulous her face) Us: “Yes, food. ”

Waitress: “Chinese meals? ” Us: “Um…yes, Chinese food. ”

Waitress: “Kurdish meals? ” Us: “Chinese meals? ”

Waitress: “Chinese meals? ” Us: “Yes, Chinese food. ”

She then wandered away and came back with a menu, although provided her response above in addition to dusty state associated with menu, it absolutely was quite clear that this Chinese restaurant had not been precisely used to serving Chinese meals. In reality, we possibly may perfectly have already been the first visitors to ever request a menu.

When we did go through the menu, the costly rates detailed close to each item finally forced us to alter our minds about sampling the area Chinese food.

But, as of this point, we had been quite fascinated with our environments and desired to find out about the thing that was taking place in this joint and thus we handed the menu back into the waitress and ordered products rather. We figured one beverage is reasonable prior to taking down yet again in search of some meals.

Minimal did we all know that the alcohol Anil ordered will be associated with “abnormally big can” variety nor that after I inquired for a “whiskey”, I became purchasing a real container (albeit a tiny one) of this material and not only one cup. Because of this, one quick beverage switched in to a 2.5 hour session even as we sat here into the Great Shang Hai viewing the area fill up along with other guys whom additionally ordered nothing but beverages. And also the whole time, Anil and I also debated forward and backward even as we tried to sound right of that which was actually taking place in this peculiar place.

It might have quite well simply been a club, but after viewing a few of the patrons slip wads of Iraqi Dinars in to the arms of just one of the waitresses then go to beg the bartender to permit the waitress to stay at their dining dining dining table I began to think otherwise with them(such requests were always refused.

Here’s a video that is short provide you with a significantly better concept of the fascinating restaurant this is the Great Shang Hai:

Significantly reluctantly, after completing our beverages (yes, we finished the container of whiskey and Anil finished down two large beers), we made a decision to keep simply because we had been now beyond hungry at this time.

So when our bill arrived, it had been remarkably low priced, maybe an illustration that this isn’t a brothel or underworld hangout most likely. Frequently at such places (again, so I’ve heard), you can’t take in the quantity we did for a simple 10,000 Iraqi Dinars ($8.50 USD).


10 minutes after leaving the truly amazing Shang Hai, we stumbled right into a restaurant called “Pizza Plus”, which we had been maybe maybe maybe not amazed to realize really specialized in sandwiches. Although, my eyes did almost bulge from their sockets and drool did start to drip from my lips upon observing an assortment of fresh salads also.

But obviously, because this had been Iraq, not really a straightforward dinner of sandwiches and salad might take spot without one thing interesting happening. This time around it absolutely was the person behind the countertop whom served us the foodstuff, a new kurdish other who informed us which he now lives in Norway. And upon hearing that this chap that is young in Norway, we then asked him why he had been back in Kurdistan.

His response ended up being fast also to the point, although notably confusing: “I return to Kurdistan for the money and sexy, sexy! ”

Adequate stated. We sat down at our dining table and shoveled our meals into our mouths in silence.


The Shawany Maliek Cafeteria with bellies full, and the night still young, Anil and I decided to pay a visit to what appeared to be the most popular night time hangout in all of Sulaimainiyah.

We stumbled inside this crowded, two-level shisha cafe and grabbed two big, comfortable seats when you look at the part. And eventually, there we sat, using turns smoke that is blowing into the atmosphere even as we shook our minds in disbelief during the day’s events. (the afternoon started with the US Marine to our encounter who was simply surprised by our existence in the area. )

Into the end, we sat in this cafe for more than three hours, way too content to go.

I were in agreement that this day ranked quite high in terms of memorable travel days we’d each experienced when we finally walked back to the hotel just before midnight, both Anil and. And maybe that’s hard to think, when I don’t understand, possibly it seems like an unexciting as well as stupid tale when look over here.

So then i guess next time you’ll just have to join me and experience it for yourself, which you’ll actually have an opportunity to do once I announce, within the next few weeks, the new project I’m working on ?? if that’s the case,

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