So, here goes my favourite 50 things that I've shoved in my fat face this year.
Last year I self imposed a rule of only allowing one dish per restaurant, this time I'm lifting that. Some meals were generally of an extremely high standard but I've not been able to recall a specific course that really stood out.
Sometimes I can't always remember everything from an extensive taster menu in a long night of eating. Booze is a terrible thing. In no particular order apart from the dishes that occur to me first.
Pekines Dumpling. Pig confit ear and strawberry hoisin. Ali-oli. StreetXo, Madrid.
Grilled Bone Marrow & Cocotxa, StreetXo, Madrid.
Hot & Sour Ramen Black Pig. Egg Yolk and sweet paprika. StreetXo, Madrid.
Sandwich club steamed version. Ricotta. Fried quail egg. Sichimi togarashi. StreetXo, Madrid.
White alba truffles,
pumpkin timilini pasta, raw chestnuts, chestnut foam, brown butter. Kitchen Table, London. (Full review up soon).
Chicken skin, rosemary mascarpone, bacon jam. Kitchen Table.
Venison Three Ways;
Roasted venison, peid de mutton mushroom, parmesan cream, black Tuscan winter truffles, bacon, deer sauce and brussels sprouts. Kitchen Table.
, Hazelnut, Clementine & Burgundy Truffle. The Clove Club, London. (Full review up soon).
Roast Sika Deer
, Kabocha squash and Kumquat. The Clove Club.
Lamb Nihari. Lamb shank, marrow juices, roasted spices, onions, ginger and coriander. Mughli, Manchester.
Sardine - European Anchovy - Roes. Aponiente, Spain.
"Oyster". Aponiente, Spain.
Bacon and Egg Naan. Dishoom, Covent Garden. (Full review soon).
Crab parfait & Mushroom parfait, Parkers Arms, Lancashire.
Kokotxas pil-pil. DiverXo, Madrid.
Prawns. DiverXo, Madrid.
Jacob's Ladder. Sticky Walnut, Chester.
Pot-roasted lobster. Australasia, Manchester.
Black cod roasted in hoba leaf. Australasia, Manchester.
BBQ Sardines. Taverna Vrika, Anti Paxos, Greece.
Ox in coal oil, pumpkin seed, kohlrabi and sunflower shoots. The French, Manchester.
Celeriac and apple. The French, Manchester.
Swede dumplings with Isle of Mull Cheese and Wiltshire Truffle. Fera, London. (Full review soon).
Cornish Lamb, Sweetbreads, Potatoes and Onions, Garlic Chives and Apple Vinegar. Fera.
Smoked Roe and Red Cabbage. Fera.
Kaisen Don. Yuzu, Manchester.
Carrillada Ibérica. (Slow-cooked pig’s cheeks). La Azotea, Seville.
Herdwick Hogget. The Old Stamp House, Ambleside, Cumbria.
, cauliflower and spiced mead velouté. The Old Stamp House, Ambleside.
Arroz con Carabineros (Risotto with scarlet shrimps). Francisco La Fontanilla, Conil de la Frontera, Spain.
Anise crusted sweetbreads, Saffron risotto and fried leeks. Mr Cooper's House & Garden, Manchester.
Green Chorizo Tacos
with Avocado, San Simón Cheese. Crusted roasted chile salsa. Punto MX, Madrid.
charbroiled in ember oven, Crushed roasted tomato salsa, herbs. Punto MX, Madrid.
90 day aged bullock tacos,
northern style. Punto MX, Madrid.
Brown Crab Risotto and Confit Cep mushrooms. Manchester House, Manchester.
Roasted scallops white white chocolate and truffle risotto. Manchester House.
Slow-cooked barbecued lamb
. Etrusco, Corfu, Greece.
Scallop Mornay. Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside.
Last Cep of the season. Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside.
90 day aged beef
. Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside.
Mini beef burger, yucca chips, soy emulsion. La Brunilda Tapas, Seville.
Black Cod, potato, shallot, dashi. The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds.
"Secretos de Iberica" (ajo blanco, boquerones, salt baked potato, milk). The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds.
Carabinero Prawn. Txikote, Conil de la Frontera, Spain.
Foie a la plancha (con compota de Manzana). Txikote, Conil de la Frontera, Spain.
Kuai Tiew Duck
Yellow noodle, roast duck with Braise duck soup, garnish, morning glory, bean sprout. Siam Smiles, Manchester.
. Risotto with mushrooms, parmesan and truffles. PuraTasca, Seville.
Cuttlefish Risotto. Vassilis Taverna, Loggos, Paxos, Greece.
Steak Tartare Burger. La Gabinoteca, Madrid.
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