My 19 eats of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, it’s that time of the year again where I recount my top eats over the past 12 months. This year’s line up sees us traverse the globe from London to Melbourne, Tokyo to NYC. There are new discoveries in Italy and Spain, featuring gems in Lucca, Bologna and Valencia. There’s rice and pasta galore… the nicest Nigiri & Unagi I’ve come across to date…  even a freshly picked strawberry from Fukuoka makes the list! Here’s my annual round up of those 19 unforgettable dishes of 2019 from around the world…

~ 2019 ~

19-Course Degustation Menu

—- Starters & Small Plates —-

Tokyo-style Oyster Nigiri (@ Endo at the Rotunda – London)

Wakayama Shrimp Nigiri (@ Sushi Yuu – Tokyo)

Lobster Tail, XO sauce, Pink Grapefruit & Koshihikari Rice (@ Tom Kemble at The Pass – West Sussex)

Crab & Saffron Tart (@ Quality Wines – London)

Smoked Eel, Chanterelles, Crispy Potato, Tong Ho, Green Pil Pil Sauce (@ Tata Eatery – London)

Tortellini en Brodo (@ Osteria del Mirasole – San Giovanni in Persiceto, Bologna)

—- Mains —-

Carabinero Rice (@ The Sea The Sea – London)

Grilled Squid from Corner Inlet Bay with N’duja (@ Cumulus Up – Melbourne)

Senia Rice, Seaweed Nettle Emulsion, Baby Squid & Puffed Rice Socarrat (@ El Poblet – Valencia)

Saffron, Sea Urchin & Bone Marrow Risotto (@ L’imbuto – Lucca)

Southern Thai Razor Clam Curry (@ Singburi  London)

Claypot Crab Rice (@ Xi Gong – Kuala Lumpur)

Yanagawa Unagi no Seiro-Mushi (@ Ryotei Shukeitei – Ohana House, Fukuoka Prefecture)

40 day Aged Beef & Butter Rice Bowl (@ Bao Borough  London)

Gigli Pasta with Wild Boar Sausage Ragu (@ Antica Locanda di Sesto – Lucca)

Rabbit Ravioli, Veal Sweetbreads & Black Truffle (@ Ostreria Fratelli Pavesi – Emilia-Romagna)

BBQ Brisket (@ Hometown BBQ – Redhook Brooklyn, New York)


—- Desserts —-

Kaorino Strawberry (@ Ichigokirari Farm – Kurume, Fukuoka)

Sicilian Bronte D.O.P Pistachio Gelato (@ Cremeria Santo Stefano – Bologna)

—- Wines, Service & Setting @ Quality Wines – London —-


A very Happy New Year in advance to all. Bring on 2020!