It’s that time of year again, to sum up my favourite meals I’ve had out this year. I’ve had so many delicious meals out this year it really is a tough job narrowing it down to just 10 but these are the most memorable for me.
Mowgli Street Food, Liverpool
People had been raving about this restaurant to me and I just couldn’t wait to experience myself, so I saw my birthday as the perfect opportunity to go. This is a great place to go as a group as the menu is made up of small plates so you can order as many different dishes as you like and swap and share. The stand out dish for me had to be the “chat bombs”.
Sticky Walnut, Chester
This has been one of my favourite places to eat in Chester for a while. This year the talented team behind the Sticky Walnut launched their 4th restaurant which isn’t surprising as the food and character behind the business is extraordinary. Every time I come here, and you may call me boring, but I just have to have the chicken liver pâté it’s the best pâté I’ve ever tasted and it never disappoints.
Cervejaria Ramiro, Lisbon
We saw this place on Rick Stein’s Long Weekends in Lisbon and made a note that we must visit here. The Ramiro family pride themselves on selling the best shellfish in Lisbon. Expect to queue to get in, but it’s well worth it. You sit down and are immediately given a plate stacked high with gorgeous crusty bread drizzled with olive oil. We ordered garlic prawns which came in a pan with sizzling in oil and with loads of garlic. The clams arrived in a garlic sauce which was great for dunking the bread in to. Then for “dessert” we had what they call a “classic prego”, a deliciously tender steak sandwich!
Lisbon Time Out Market
Again featured in Rick Stein’s programme and located a convenient 5 minute walk away from our apartment; we made several trips to this foodie hub during our visit to Lisbon. It houses 34 kiosks all offering a great selection of fresh food made to order, with rows of tables and chairs allowing you to casually dine. Between us we must have tried something from every stall but my favourite had to be the king prawn pad Thai I had from the Asian Lab, it was delicious!
Little Tap, Tarporley
I love this place so much I have been several times this year. The menu is so creative and each time I go there’s a new menu to experience. My favourite two dishes have to be the black pepper chicken with Asian stir fry; it’s so full of flavour and spice and the lamb rump which is deliciously tender.
The Baltic Market, Liverpool
Earlier in the year Independent Liverpool made the exciting announcement that they would be opening Liverpool’s first indoor street food market. When they opened their doors in the Summer I was desperate to go. There are so many amazing, unique food stalls but my stand out dish would have to be the squid and popcorn mussels from Oktopus.
The Old Siam, York
Sara and I went to visit our friend Emily in York and she took us to this place, which is where I discovered my new favourite Thai curry – panang curry. The sauce is so rich and flavoursome it makes my mouth water thinking about it!
We were meant to meet one of Steve’s friends for brunch but this is definitely a hot spot for brunch and on a Sunday morning we had no chance of getting in without booking! However they did have space for us on Tuesday morning just before we caught our train back home. I had the coconut bread which was layered with lemon curd cream cheese and poached rhubarb. It was beautiful!
This summer we went for a lovely holiday in Italy exploring Rome, Sorrento and the birth place of pizza itself, Naples. We had lots of yummy pizzas but our favourite place had to be Sorbillo on Via dei Tribunali. The interior of the restaurant was nothing fancy but the staff were friendly and most importantly the pizzas were fantastic! Our favourite was the 4 staggioni – mushrooms and salami.
Trattoria Emilia, Sorrento
We had so many amazing meals in Italy but our favourite meal of the whole trip had to be the one we had at Trattoria Emilia in Sorrento. It was recommended by my goof friend Sara who had visited a month before and it just so happened that it was a 2 minute walk from our room. We sat looking out to sea and enjoyed a plate of antipasti that included Parma ham, salami, mozzarella and artichokes with a carafe of local white wine. For our main meal we shared between us spaghetti and clams, calamari and fried shrimp and a side of aubergine parmigiana.