Thursday 19 December 2013

50 Favourite Dishes of the Year.

Here are my 50 favourite plates of food I've had this year eating at every level. It reflects what I like to eat, mostly meat and fish it seems. These are in no particular order, just as they occur to me. (Puddings are a separate list/stomach).
"Betizu" cow tail raviolis. My dish of the year. Chef: Eneko Atxa at Azurmendi, Spain. I think about this dish quite a bit, the intense meatiness against the crunchy outer layer. Nothing comes close.
Egg from our chickens, cooked inside out and truffled. Chef: Eneko Atxa at Azurmendi. Down in one exquisite bite. 
Crab/Mushroom Parfait. Chef; Stosie Madi at the Parkers Arms, Newton-in-Bowland. These have ruined all other parfaits from now on, as they won't ever compare!
Cheese and Onion Pie. The Great North Pie Company Manchester. Still the best pies I've tried.
Pizza from Honest Crust. The best pizzas in Manchester.
Valley venison, charcoal oil. L'Enclume. (A variation at The French). Classic.
Aromatic Crispy Duck. Ocean Treasure 235, Manchester.
Burger from Almost Famous Manchester. Never beaten.
 Sashimi from Yuzu, Manchester.
Eel with Almond Summer. Calima, Marbella, Andalucia, Spain.
Cold clam juice with plankton. Aponiente, Andalucia, Spain.
Mexican gazpacho, wasabi and avocado. Mr Coopers House & Garden, Manchester.

Oysters.  Wensleydale Heifer, Yorkshire
Steak and Chips. Relais de Venise L'Entrecôt. (RIP). I miss it.

Cheeseburger Toastie. Home Sweet Home, Manchester. Comfort and joy.
Thai Crab risotto. James Martin 235.   Spherical "Olivas". Tickets, Barcelona.

Jamón ibérico. Cal Pep, Barcelona.
DIY Steak Tartare. Solita, Manchester. Burger. Parlour, Chorlton. Meaty goodness.

 Makhan Chara. Great Kathmandu. 20 years I've been eating this, man and boy.
Pani Puri.
Hungry Gecko at the Beech, Chorlton.
Tigretón. A Fuego Negro, San Sebastian.  
Sautéed Fresh Foie Gras. Akelarre, San Sebastian.
Roasted baby Pig. Akelarre, San Sebastian.
Salt & Pepper Pork Crackling. Artisan, Manchester. Proper ace.
Lamb Chops Tikka. Mughli, Manchester. Never bettered.
Nihari. Mughli.
Butter Chicken. Mughli.
Prawns. El Celler de can Roca, Spain.
McFoie. Tapas 24, Spain.
Lightly Smoked Mackerel. The Lord Clyde, Cheshire.
Royal de Foie. Les Magnòlies, Spain.
Cod bonbon. Nu, Girona, Spain.
Veal Cheek. Borda Berri, San Sebastian, Spain.
Yew Tree Farm Herdwick hogget. The French, Manchester. 
A Taste of Spring. The Square London. 
Sauté of Langoustine Tails. The Square London. 
Lasagne of Dorset Crab. The Square London.
Dirty Chicken Street Taco. Lust luck, liquor and Burn, Manchester.
Lamb. The Lord Clyde, Cheshire. 
Nidderdale  Lamb. Freemasons at Wiswell. I like lamb don't I?  
San Juan Chorlton.
Nordic Landscape.
41 Degrees, Barcelona.  
Squid, chicken, ricotta.
El Campero, Spain.
Bread and dripping.
Foie gras semifreddo and Suckling pig 
from Casamar, Spain.
To see how my dish of the year is made click here. It's in Spanish I'm afraid.

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