Thursday 14 December 2017

10 Best Meals of 2017.

We tried to be more selective this year in choosing the very best for our budget but inevitably there will be some favourites. Here are our favourite ten.
Mina. Bilbao, Spain.
A sensational taster menu with electrifying food.Even better than our last visit.
Star Dish: Lobster & Foie.
Martín Berasategui. Lasarte-Oria, Spain.
In my top three meals of all time, this was a lesson in how the very best service and food come together in the finest way possible. Excellent in every way, a real three star experience. Star Dish: Red Shrimp Royale and dill with Venta del Barón oil.

Bar FM, Granada, Spain.
A temple to some of the finest seafood I've ever eaten. We were blown away and can't wait to return next year.
Star Dish: Sashimi de Ventesca. (Tuna Belly).
Los Marinos José, Fuengirola, Spain.
Another brilliant example of the simple Spanish product restaurant at its best another one we intend to return to to eat more. One of the best seafood restaurants in Spain in my opinion.
Star Dish: Carabineros. 
Alameda, Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Spain.
We had an excellent Basque taster menu at this one star in May.
Star Dish: Butakaku (Pork Belly).
Zazpi, San Sebastian, Spain.
One of the most enjoyable lunches of the year and so cheap too for food this good. Our current favourite among many great pintxo bars in this town.
Star Dish: Txuleta Pintxo.
A Wong, London.
We made our own taster selection with most of the Dim Sum menu (at lunchtime). It was a wonderful and different experience, I loved everything I ate here.

Moor Hall, Ormskirk, UK.   
A superb birthday meal as you'd expect from Chef Mark Birchall. The service too really excelled. It inevitably gained a Michelin Star and I expect more to come too.
Star Dish: Retired Holstein, barbecued celeriac, mustard and shallot.
Northcote, Lancashire, UK.
We had an absolutely superb and faultless lunch at Northcote will one of the best in the North West.
Star Dish: Herdwick Lamb, Sour Onions, Nasturtium, Whey Reduction.
Kaia Kaipe, Getaria, Spain.
Simple and excllent turbot and seafood at this Basque traditional restaurant.
Star Dish: Turbot.