Dish of the month March 2013
Before I went I was sure this was going to be the lamb noodle soup at Changs, Turned out to be dissappointing, bland broth and odd raw pastry texture on some the noodles.
My breakfast the same day was far better, HK muffin at Hawksmoor Guild Hall -London
Hawksmoors take on the Mcdonalds sausage and egg muffin.
Good muffin with a highly spiced sausage patty (pork,beef and mutton I think) , two perfectly cooked fried eggs and Ogleshield cheese. Luckily there was a light hand with the cheese as it can be very salty and overpowering. Also a dash of their own ketchup, which was sweeter than Heinz but very fruity -almost plum like.- but worked well with the highly spiced patty.
Last month, I claimed a portion of chips as probably the best thing I ate and I was tempted to make a similar claim for the chips at the Drunken Duck, Ambleside, Cumbria. Not for nothing are soem people called "lard arse".
But I'm going to go for the quail starter at Damson in the Heaton Moor district of Stockport. Perfect moist breast, confit leg, a few twiddly bits of potato and leaf to pretty things up.
For me, it would have to be the whipped white chocolate with pine nut brittle, olive oil and candied lemon at Honey and Co. I think I said their cheesecake was my dish of the month a few months ago. Well this tops it.
Probably the best dessert I've had in a good few months (well, since that cheesecake).
I think it was one of the amuses at Fraiche. A sea urchin shell with a sort of creamy mussel chowder, with a very generous hand with the mussels which were all, weirdly, exactly the same plump size and a blushing peach. And little cubes of yuzu jelly. Just perfect. My bouche was more than amused.
in the UK it would have been a dish at Alyn Williams, part of the tasting menu - quail with smoked egg, baked potato and pickled red cabbage.it was rich, balanced and utterly moreish.
I'm also just back from Madrid and Valencia and my favourite dish there was a very simple tapa of octopus which was beautifully tender with a slightly acidic marinade that had crushed peppercorns of various colours mixed in - the pink and green went especially well with the octopus.
In the UK, I think my best dish was a delicious seafood pancake at Yami in New Malden. I've now eaten at 4, Korean restaurants there, and this has become my favourite. Everything we ate was terrific. But the seafood pancake was definitely a step above.
I've been to Paris recently and it's very hard to choose a best dish. I had a ravioli with lobster sauce lunch one day at a very out-of-the-way spot near the Bastille. I can't believe how delicious that was - also the food at Métropolitain.