Favorite Restaurant Dishes- 2012
Try to limit it to five or ten, here are mine in no particular order
Rice porridge with Uni- Red Medicine, Los Angeles, USA
Mezze Spreads- Aziza, San Francisco, USA
Roasted Black Carrots- Per Se, New York, USA
Wagyu Short Ribs- Jungsik, New York, USA
Ossibau Pork Loin Chop- Farm & Fisherman, Philadelphia, USA
Potato Galette- L'Ami Louis, Paris, France
Barely Cooked Giant Langoustine- Chez L'Ami Jean, Paris, Fr.
Boudin Noir d'Agneau- Town Festival, Sare, France
Razor Clam and Veal Tendon- Akelare, San Sebastian, Spain
Cauliflower & oat groat porridge, with caulflower cheese beignet - Aumby, Prestwich, Greater Manchester
Sea bass, courgette, parsley quinoa, tempura courgette flower - Fraiche, Oxton, Merseyside
Meringue, enclosing blackcurrant puree, blackcurrant sorbet, fresh blackberries - le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, Great Mitton, Oxfordshire. Probably the best dessert I've ever eaten.
Raspberry souffle - Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire. Probably the second best dessert I've ever eaten. In fact, I had rated it my best ever - but that only lasted until lunch the follwoing day (see above)
Pre-dessert and dessert proper at La Speranzina, Sirmione, Italy. Eleven separate items formed pre-dessert and an additional four for dessert proper. Almost unbelievable in variety and quality.
Cod “yolk” with ham and radish, salt and vinegar - L'Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria
Pork chop, chickpeas, garlic, grilled romaine - Mombo, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, America
Seafood gratin - Tanroagan, Douglas. Cod, monkfish, smoked haddock, bass - cheesey, winey sauce.
Fish fragrant shredded pork - Middle Kingdom, Manchester
Lamb dhaansaak - Cafe Spice Namaste, London
Venison, three ways - The Lord Clyde, Kerridge, Cheshire. Loin, faggot and pie.
Okay, in order:
1. Pork belly with kimchi and watermelon - Schwa, Chicago, IL
2. Butterscotch and pecan beignets - Annisa, New York, NY
3. Faux "shark's fin" soup - Benu, San Francisco, CA
4. Chickpea stew with Iberico ham, e by Jose Andres, Las Vegas, NV
5. Chorizo burger with goat cheese and roasted red pepper - The Forty-one, Cambridge, ON
I had an awesome year dining-wise...
Cayo Fish Taco - Garbo's Grill, Key West Florida
Crudite Salad and Ginger Carrot soup - Salad (Grilled Pear with aged cheddar almond brittle, winter greens with a vinegarette) - Rusty Spoon, Orlando Florida
Dalia Bakery Bread, Dungeness crab cakes -Dahlia Loung, Seattle Washington
Prosciutto, Swiss, tomato and basil crepe - La Creperie, Key West Florida
Abalone Dish with spiced cauliflower - Aubergine, Cape Town
The whole meal and dining experience - Le Tobsil, Marrakech
Sweet Potato quesadilla - Mizuna, Washington
Sweetbreads - small local Parisian bistro that my friends took me too, never caught the name, best sweetbreads of my life.
NOT a restaurant
Local vendor who visited our boat selling just caught sushi in the San Blas, Panama. He made it on his canoe, 5 different rolls and 20 pieces of nigiri - phenomenal. Cost - less than $5 US.
Ok. I'll bite. My list of five:
One of them was with you: the octopus gravy at Koo Zee Doo in Philly.
The duck bulgogi at a place I can't name in Busan, South Korea. I could find it again, but not the name. Not easy to find in the US, but I urge anyone to seek out duck bulgogi and tell me who has it.
The kongguksu (cold noodles in soy milk both) at a highway rest stop in Korea.
Yokohama Ramen Museum: three of the best ramen I've ever had back-to-back-to-back, all very distinct.
Spinach with buttermilk, peanuts, and black salt at Passage to India, Bethesda, Md.