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Yum Cha Chats: GOOSE rate the best restaurants found touring the world

Have you ever wondered where artists are taken to eat while on tour?

  • 19 July 2020

Sunday’s are hard but can be made easier with unexpected delights — so here’s some fluff to get you through it. Inspired by a recent jaunt for dim sum with Miss Yellow in Hong Kong, allow us to deliver a new edition of Yum Cha Chats — which means let’s go eat dim sum and drink tea in Cantonese. The series will dig into the obscure and tasty 'fillings' you never knew about your favourite DJs and have nothing to do with music — every Sunday. Best enjoyed from bed…

Something for the techno junkies and indie-dance kids, GOOSE bring together two polar worlds and make them seem like they were always meant to be together. Think of their music as the missing link between electronic music and rock. Hailing from Belgium, the dance band has travelled the world far and wide not just to play music, but also to look for the most authentic restaurants. "Most of the times we get recommendations from touring friends, and most often it’s with Digitalism that we share our experiences," the band shared in an interview. "Many times we ask the local promotor to bring us to his fav place or bring us to a restaurant that reminds him of a home-cooked meal by La Mamma."

For anyone wondering about the incredible restaurants that artists get taken to while on tour, get ready to unbuckle your belt.

"Note: Please remind you that most establishments were visited with a huge lack of sleep, terrible hangovers or the munchies. The perfect setting to dig in!"

10. China-Restaurant Golden, Hamburg 

"Every time we play Hamburg, our friends Jence and Isi (Digitalism) take us to their favourite restaurant in their hometown. It looks like a regular Western Chinese takeaway restaurant until you ask for the hidden menu, a whole new world opens up with exceptional Szechuan dishes and drinks."

Visit China Restaurant Golden here.

9. Lokal, Prague  

"Located next to the famous Roxy venue, this is a canteen with classic Czech dishes and great beer straight from the tank. It also has this post-war canteen vibe going on, and is very loud and long tables where you prepare for a long night out. The food is typical for Prague and the service is very fast. If you want to order beer, for example, you fill in a paper and hand it to the ober — he then brings you your order within minutes. It feels like you’re having drinks a friend’s place and you’re under the impression you won’t have to pay for what you're ordering. But that is unfortunately not the case! Make sure to try the sausages with mustard and horseradish!"

Visit Lokal here.

8. Kung Fu Burger, Bern 

"As always, Dave is the one that sits on his phone scanning the area for restaurants. When you are on tour, you don’t always have the luxury of time so what’s better than a decent cheeseburger with fries? The great thing about that place is that they incorporate the local speciality, being swiss cheese, in their burger. It gives it a twist—it’s like have raclette and a burger at the same time. Extra: the cheese-covered fries are to die for!"

Visit Kung Fu Burger here.

7. Cellar Can Pep, Palma De Mallorca

"The promotor took us to this hidden place in the hills far away from the touristic beaches. Simple, good and traditional food full of surprises! Unlike most contemporary restaurants, it one big room stacked with tables. It’s the kind of restaurant where you think tourist aren’t even welcome—it’s local food for the locals. This makes you even more humble and you enjoy the experience even more."

Visit Cellar Can Pep here.

6. Torrent, Ibiza 

"We went on a short trip to Ibiza for Mickael’s Stag party. Although it’s Ibiza, the main focus wasn’t heavy clubbing, but it was more sunbathing and good food. And yes, we did go to clubs, but only because the meal tastes 300 times better with a hangover. Our favourite fish restaurant on a hidden beach, no menu, superb seabass in a salt crust. Please don’t tell anyone :)"

Visit Es Torrent here.

5. Camino, Antwerp

"Antwerp is known for the fashion designers and the great history of Flemish painters like Rubens. Then you have a long series of boutique restaurants and cocktail bars. And each one is trying to overclass the other. The cool thing about Camino is that it draws creative costumers with different backgrounds, and everybody goes there for the great food. Not because they need to be seen in some kind of trendy hotspot. Sit down enjoy your meal and feel welcome! They also make the best bahn mi sandwiches and Vietnamese pork belly rice bowl you can find in Belgium — good prices, exquisite food!"

Visit Camino here.

4. Osteria Cellini, Maasmechelen, Belgium 

"We were invited by DJ Gianmarco Cellini to visit his parent’s restaurant to taste their pasta e fagioli. We ended up sleeping upstairs the restaurant and the feast was starting all over again the next morning, we were only allowed to leave by his dad after we tasted every single dish. If you’re looking for authentic? This is the place!"

Visit Osteria Cellini here.

3. Raco De La Vila, Barcelona 

"When we play Razzmatazz, this is our number one choice Catalan restaurant. The stone grilled meat with sea salt is outstanding, simply melting on your tongue. A long table with your friends, a nice glass of red in a rustic setting. Not so outstanding is playing a show shortly afterwards. This restaurant is the reason why we installed a three hour food cut off before a show. Don’t forget to make a reservation! You simply need to stop by when in Barcelona."

Visit Raco De La Vila here.

2. Giro Giro Hitoshina, Kyoto

"This was a recommendation by Digitalism while on tour in Japan, great modern Kaiseki cuisine, the perfect birthday party for our bass player Tom. Be careful though because chef Eiichi Edakuni, loves his saké and Japanese whiskey and he’s always ready to share his passion with you!!"

Visit Giro Giro Hitoshina here.

1. Twins Sliders, Los Angeles 

"The best mini burgers in the world — they only serve two kinds of burgers but mastered it to perfection. This is the place we visited after a long night in the studio with Jason Falkner during the recording of the 'What You Need' album. It’s located at the border of Hollywood and Silver Lake and you would pass this small kitchen if you didn’t know it excited. The restaurant only consists of a kitchen, a counter and a couple of tables on the pavement."

Visit Twins Sliders here.

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