Meal of the Year, 2013 - what's yours?
Only one really serious meal in the UK this year, but one that is probably number two on my list of the year that covers eleven countries. "Hedone" was truly a revelation and I thought it would be a clear winner as it was so so good, but Azurmendi (near Bilbao) beats it into first place. Heading to their new one Aziamendi in Phuket at Christmas so the top three may change.
Top five - so far:
1. Azurmendi (Bilbao)
2. Hedone (London)
3. Youpi et Voila (Paris)
4. Guy Savoy (Paris)
5. Chachawan (Hong Kong)
L'Enclume in February
L'Enclume in November
Er...my breakfast at L'Enclume?!
Fraiche has been great, but not stellar, and I worry is now over rated eg Sunday Times number 6 in the country. Tyddyn Llan was lovely, and Crab and Lobster in Sidlesham gorgeous, but neither are quite Proustian, if you know what I mean.
At a different level, I could happily eat the unagi don at Etsu in Liverpool now, for breakfast, as with the dim sum and steamed fish and roast duck at Tai Pan.
And...call me odd...but munching my baked potato with prawns at Spud-u-like in Chester in the perfectly preserved Roman hypocaust in the basement was an unexpected treat!
re: helen b
Any idea if the Liverpool Tai Pan has an association with the Manchester Tai Pan?
Ours had some serious run-in with the health authoriities a few years back but appears to have got itself sorted out and is serving good dim sum, amongst other general Cantonese offerings. I've never been - it's in an odd part of town, above a Chinese supermarket, and I've never been too keen on parking the car.
Some great suggestions here, I loved Sushi Tetsu and the Kitchin but they were both just in 2012.
It's not been a very big year for UK eating (although I shortly have an appointment with Hedone) but I would say in rough order
1. The Clove Club
2. The Waterside Inn
Although all of them were blown out of the water by Chez L'Ami Jean in Paris.
Same here, it's not really been a year of great set piece meals for me, more discovering small neighbourhood spots. Yours is a pretty spectacular London list although our Waterside Inn experience was significantly below yours based on your review.
None of those even bother my top 10 in the UK which goes something like
The Fat Duck
Pollen Street Social