Your Top 5 of 2012
It's that time of year when there's always "best" lists around, so why not us as well. Which were your top five UK/Ireland restaurant experiences of the year?
In no particular order, I'll go with:
Manoir aux Quat Saisons, Great Milton
Waterside Inn, Bray
I can taste some of those dishes still :-)
And, if I was to cheat and add another, then it would have to be the lunch at Northcote in October.
Roganic(London)- best by a country mile. Some of the best food I’ve eaten
Not in any particular order
Rules(London)- Great space and exemplary service. Hare starter, grouse and sponge pudding. What’s not to like
Ittenbari(London)- Finally decent ramen in London.
St John Hotel(London)- wasn’t sure I’d like the new(ish) incarnation. Very relaxed dinner with old friends glad I persuaded them on the side order of Welsh Rarebit it was an excellent rendition.
Terroirs (London)- Wasn’t sure when I first visited but glad I persevered. Great wine list and good charcuterie. Excellent spot to sit at the bar on ones’ own and chat to the knowledgeable staff.
Honourable mention to the ever reliable Bonda(London)- who keep me satisfied on my weekly lunch visits.
I can't believe Harters, that it's been 12 months since we did our top 10s of 2011.
My top five in the UK is a tough one but I'll go for:
1) The Square, Mayfair
2) Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
3) The Sportsman, Seasalter
4) Kitchen Table, Fitzrovia
5) Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Padstow
Dabbous just misses out and an honourable mention goes to the whole sucking pig at St John on my stag do.
If we went worldwide then Can Roca and Guy Savoy would take the top two spots with Blue Hill and Septime in the running for the top 5.
I always end up with fine dining places, perhaps we should do a value top 5 where food is less than £30 a head.
We didn't actually, we only had two nights (and were actually staying in Rock so did Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw. I have read about Margot's, definitely on the list for the Spring when we're back down there although will take all my willpower not to return to No 6 which was fantastic.
Definitely go to Margot's. It's a simple place with very well prepared food. I liked that the chef pops out to chat with the diners.. at least he did when we were there. The sticky toffee pudding was maybe the best I've had, but I've only been eating them for going on 9 years. If anyone needs a lovely B&B for a Padstow stay, feel free to ask me privately.
Based on my two visits to London this year::
1) Koffmann's at the Berkeley
2) Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
3) Pollen Street Social
5) Bombay Brasserie
In no particular order:
St John – Grouse and, pheasant and trotter pie
Fat Duck – crazy but still so good
Fino – Squid in pancetta with ink sauce
Gerrards Corner – Pan fried turnip paste with XO sauce
It's been an odd year for me foodie wise, as for the first 3 months was housebound being pregnant with twins, then for the next 3 was housebound having just had twins, then we moved to The North...but still managed some highlights:
1. Ganapati in Peckham. Homecooked fierce Indian which helped bring the littluns into the world :)
2. Crab and Lobster in Sidlesham
3. The Square, especially his mackerel dish from the Great British Menu (and the Japanese businessman who fell asleep in his food)
4. Marcus Wareing - 3 and 4 these two being my last hurrah in London
5. Da Piero in Irby, especially the vongole
Really looking forward to L'Enclume in Feb and Fraiche in March :)