All About A Chinese Bar, Shisha & Sexy, Gorgeous In Iraq

Upon arrival within the Kurdistan city that is southern of, Anil and I also immediately discovered ourselves giddy with joy upon discovering two Chinese restaurants into the vicinity of our hotel. Most likely, up to that time, the actual only real food we’d eaten were chicken and falafel sandwiches, maybe not due to an unusual love for such meals, but because that ended up being all we’re able to get in other areas regarding the area.

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

Definitely, had we taken a few momemts to correctly think this plan of action through, we possibly may have paused before making a decision to enter this floor restaurant that is second. Truthfully, the indication out front prohibiting us from going into the establishment with any weapons or knives needs to have acted being an indication that is clear it was perhaps maybe perhaps not your typical “lo mein-fortune cookie-free green tea” sort of Chinese eatery.

And I’m perhaps not certain regarding your friendly community Chinese restaurants, nevertheless the people we frequented once I ended up being more youthful and surviving in the usa, failed to need me personally become thoroughly frisked by a sizable, fabric jacket-clad man upon walking through the entranceway. Fortunately, Anil and I also had both determined in the minute that is last keep our AK-47s and machetes inside our college accommodation therefore we both passed the protection check, after which it we wandered up to a dining dining table nearby the windows.

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

Aside from our findings, we had been ready to place this sketchiness apart and pay attention to satisfying our hunger with a few Chinese meals.

However when the waitress, a new woman that is chinese approached our dining dining table, we had been quite amazed to get ourselves in the middle of a discussion that went something similar to 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 food? ”

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

She then strolled away and came back with a menu, although given her effect above additionally the dusty state regarding the menu, it absolutely was quite clear that this Chinese restaurant wasn’t precisely used to serving food that is chinese. In reality, we may well have now been the people that are first ever request a menu.

So when we did go through the menu, the expensive rates detailed close to each product finally forced us to improve our minds about sampling the neighborhood Chinese food.

However, as of this true point, we had been quite fascinated with our environments and wished to find out more about the thing that was happening in this joint and thus we handed the menu back into the waitress and ordered products alternatively. We figured one beverage could be reasonable before using down yet again in search of some meals.

Minimal did we understand that the alcohol Anil ordered will be of this “abnormally big can” variety nor that whenever I asked for the “whiskey”, I happened to be buying a bottle that is actualalbeit a tiny one) of this material and not one cup. Because of this, one fast beverage switched as a 2.5 hour session as we sat here within the Great Shang Hai viewing the spot fill up with other males whom additionally ordered absolutely nothing but beverages. While the whole time, Anil and I also debated backwards and forwards even as we attempted to seem sensible of the thing that was actually taking place in this strange spot.

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

Here’s a brief video clip to supply an improved notion of the fascinating restaurant that’s the Great Shang Hai:

Significantly reluctantly, after completing our beverages (yes, we completed the container of whiskey and Anil finished down two large beers), we chose to leave because of the fact that people were now beyond hungry at this point.

As soon as our bill arrived, it absolutely was remarkably inexpensive, maybe an illustration that it wasn’t a brothel or underworld hangout most likely. Frequently at such places (again, therefore I’ve heard), you can’t take in the quantity we did for a mere 10,000 Iraqi Dinars ($8.50 USD).


Ten full minutes after leaving the truly amazing Shang Hai, we stumbled as a restaurant called “Pizza Plus”, which we had been perhaps maybe perhaps not astonished to learn actually specialized in sandwiches. Although, my eyes did nearly bulge from their sockets and drool did commence to drip from my lips upon observing an assortment of fresh salads also.

But obviously, because this ended up being Iraq, not really an easy dinner of sandwiches and salad might take spot without one thing interesting occurring. This time around it had been 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 Kurdistan.

Their solution had been fast also to the true point, although notably confusing: “I return to Kurdistan for cash 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 within the part. And eventually, there we sat, using turns blowing smoke high into the atmosphere once we shook our minds in disbelief during the day’s events. (the afternoon started with our encounter utilizing the United States aquatic who had been surprised by our existence in your community. )

Into the final end, we sat in this cafe for over 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. As well as perhaps that is hard to think, when I don’t understand, possibly it seems like an unexciting and sometimes even stupid tale when look over here.

So if it’s the truth, then i assume the next occasion you’ll just need certainly to join me and experience it on your own, which you’ll have a chance to do when I announce, over the following couple weeks, the newest task I’m taking care of ??