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Dish of the month

Just thinking of ways to keep the board a bit livelier. I'm not sure we can keep up with the way Manhattan does this but perhaps if all the regular posters gave a brief description of the best dish they'd tried this month we'd have a rolling record of a snapshot of great food across the UK.

Ideally it should be a dish that a visitor could try - not to rule out supper clubs/specials etc but aiming for it to be a guide. I'll kick off with two

1. Koya, Onsen Tamago. So simple, just a poached egg in a cold broth but with wonderful flavour. Stunning. And the rest of the menu isn't bad.

2. Moti Mahal, Katli. Aubergine stuffed with vegetables with two chutnies. So simple but incredible preparation of vegetables.

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  1. Worth a try, MiT. October hasnt been a brilliant month for eating but here's mine. I see you have already cheated on the "dish" of the month by mentioning two, so I'll do the same:

    1. Northcote (Langho, Blackburn) - beef cheeks, wild mushrooms, spinach, mashed potato (from the set lunch menu - bargain Michelin food for £21)

    2. San Carlo Cicchetti (Manchester) - orrechiette in a tomato/nduja sauce. A Manc place that Jay Rayner actually liked!

    1. Nice idea!

      1. Ritas Dining - (Dalston, London) - chicken roll - I know very hyped up but honestly was blown away by this (a drink or two beforehand may have helped) - amazingly crispy exterior / juicy chicken / mayo with perhaps a hint of fennel - very very tasty

      2. Bincho Yakitori - (Soho, London) - Ox tongue Kushiyaki - great depth of beefy flavour, very juicy, good soft texture with some bite.

      1. On the assumption that, with exceptionally rare cases, posts here are going to be in London and not the rest of the UK/Ireland, might i suggest folk post the district of London their restaurants are in - just to help those of us who only visit the capital as, erm, visitors.

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        1. re: Harters

          Good idea Harters.

          Koya (Soho)
          Moti Mahal (Covent Garden)

          (never understood why CH stops you editing your posts after a certain amount of time)

          1. re: ManInTransit

            If nothing else, it prevents trolls amending their posts to make them look innocent to later viewers after they've been attacked for trolling. "Nah, not me, guv, just look at my post" - a regular issue on a non-food board I use (who would have thought military history could ferment such discontent)

        2. Not living in London puts me at a disadvantage, but for this month, I'd have to say the broad bean fritters at Nopi (Sort of Soho?) are at the top of my list.

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          1. re: zuriga1

            Spaghetti vongole at Da Piero (Irby, Wirral) - pretty much nailed the archetype. So simple, and so simple to get wrong.

            1. re: helen b

              I think I'm going to try Da Piero for my birthday next month - I've been meaning to go for ages, and spaghetti alle vongole is one of my favourite things. I see from the menu it's not served in a tomato-based sauce, but in the simpler (and more traditional?) way with parsley and garlic - is it a big hit of raw garlic? It's just that if I have a load of raw or semi raw garlic I sometimes end up feeling very sick ...

              1. re: Theresa

                There was lots of garlic, but just cooked...it's 'proper' vongole so literally just clams, parsley, garlic, tiny hit of chilli, lemon and oil tossed through al dente pasta. No tomatoes, or cream. Gorgeous!

                Was also really tempted by the sausage pasta, and there was an orichiette (sp?) dish with chard too.

                1. re: helen b

                  I also had the spaghetti alle vongole when I went and it was so lovely. My husband's tuna steak was also great.

                  1. re: helen b

                    Speaking of sausages, Piero does an absolute cracking simple dish of sausage & lentils. Yes, I know - but these are sausages he makes himself and they're just fab.

            2. [Bristol] Wilks (Chandos Road) - fresh black figs & fig compote, orange panna cotta, thyme ice-cream.