Review of the Year: 2015

Well 2015 was my first year in blogging. I have managed to eat enough to review 78 restaurants this year. That’s a lot of food! So I thought a little look back at the year’s eating was called for.

Best restaurants

This year the best experience was tied between Timberyard and The Table. Both fine dining offerings are trying to do something a little bit different without the need to be wacky. Whilst a little on the pricey side, I whole heartedly believe they are worth it.

Special nods should also be given to Aizle, Purslane, Mark Greenaway, Tutto Matto and Boozy Cow. You can read more about my highest scoring reviews, which I fondly call my ’35 club’ here.

Best dishes

There are so many contenders in this category so I’ve picked on the basis of food that I am still thinking about now.

Asparagus - Timberyard

Asparagus – Timberyard

Timberyard – Asparagus and Duck Egg. This was just an amazing dish and gave so much flavour from what appeared from the menu to be quite simple. The egg made the whole dish so creamy. Yum.

Steak Tartare - Galvin Brasserie De Luxe

Steak Tartare – Galvin Brasserie De Luxe

Galvin Brasserie De Luxe – Steak Tartare. Regular readers will know that I love a steak tartare and I’ve had several good ones this year. However, nothing ever seems to beat this one. A nice balance between the meat and the sharpness of the capers and gherkins makes it sublime. The egg and toast just finish it off perfectly.

Not So Werther's Original - The Table

Not So Werther’s Original – The Table

The Table – Werthers Not-So-Original. This was a surprise and a delight to the palate. Whilst not looking much to start off with, the sentation and flavour in the mouth was a pure joy.

Meat and cheese platter - Pickles

Meat and cheese platter – Pickles

Pickles – sharing board. This was just the board that kept on giving. Lovely meats, cheeses, pickles, chutneys and bread. Nom.

Whitebait - Potting Shed

Whitebait – Potting Shed

The Potting Shed – Whitebait. This is a strange one to put in as the Potting Shed gets very mixed reviews (but did ok on our visit apart from the horrid dessert). However, this whitebait was just amazing. I should have just ordered two portions of that and I would have been very happy. The aioli that came with it set it off nicely.

Frozen Margarita - Miros Cantina Mexicana

Frozen Margarita – Miros Cantina Mexicana

Miros Cantina Mexicana – Frozen Margarita. Ok, so this is not a dish but I couldn’t let this post go by without mentioning how amazing these are (and available in lots of different flavours).

Favourite photographs

I’m not the world’s best photographer by any stretch of the imagination and it’s just me and my trusty iphone with a point and click shot. However, I am very pleased when I manage to get a good shot of amazing food. These few are my favourites:

Watermelon tartare - Aizle

Watermelon tartare – Aizle

I adore this photo I took at Aizle. The food here is pretty good stuff and made my 35 club of highest scoring reviews. I think this photo picks up the beautiful colour on this plate.

Butternut squash veloute - Purslane

Butternut squash veloute – Purslane

Love this shot of the butternut squash veloute at Purslane. Simple yet elegant and seems to be catching the little light that comes in through the basement window.

Halibut - Mark Greenaway

Halibut – Mark Greenaway

I was a little slow to take this one and the veloute is escaping the jelly ring, but I still love this photo of my halibut dish at Mark Greenaway’s. It captures the skill of the chef in designing such pretty food.

The Coming Year

I still have around 80 restaurants in my list to try and there always seems to be something new opening up. There are already plans to go to The Kitchin for Christmas next year and we already have bookings for both fine dining and more easy on the bank balance dining experiences as we move into 2016. Thanks to those who have dined with me and will continue to do so over the next year. Finally, I’d like to thank those of you who have taken the time to read my blog over the last year and I hope at least some of you have found it useful.

May you all have a fantastic 2016.

Emma

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