It’s that time of the year to reflect! I never used to make New Year’s resolutions or set ‘goals’ until last year and it turned out to be a great idea because I can now be proud that I accomplished two out of three (I know they’re hardly difficult things to achieve): 1. cook more and 2. travel more to places I’ve never been to before.
First, I continued to perfect my signature tiramisu and others have now testified that it’s a perfect recipe! I discovered the wonders of sous-vide meat. I developed a cornflakes-crusted French toast I am pretty happy to cook for others. I created a salad dressing I love (recipe coming soon).
Second, I travelled to Myanmar (Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Mandalay), Portugal (Porto and Lisbon), Peru (Lima and Cuzco), Bolivia (Copacabana, La Paz and Salar de Uyuni), Chile (San Pedro de Atacama, Santiago and Valparaiso) and am writing this post from Australia (Sydney and Melbourne)!
Food is one of the most important parts of travelling to me – because it gives me inspiration. So here are my top 10 favourite restaurants of the year (ranked in order):
1. Tapisco (Lisbon)
To name my one favourite restaurant this year turned out to be extremely easy. I personally loved this place so much because it epitomises every positive aspect I enjoy about modern fine dining. See the full review of Tapisco here.
2. Central (Lima)
But the most intricate, intriguing and interesting meal, which was also extremely delicious, enjoyable and impressive, was definitely at Central. It’s no wonder they are ranked No.5 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Read more about it in: 9 Restaurants that Make Lima the Best Food City
3. Gustu (La Paz)
Unexpectedly, this beautiful restaurant in La Paz served not only extremely refined dishes, but also with an extremely well thought out wine pairing. Read more about it in: Bolivia – My Unexpected Favourite in South America
4. Rhoda (Hong Kong)
When it comes to my home-city, Hong Kong, it’s harder to pinpoint a favourite restaurant. But one of the most impressive meals I ate this year, was Rhoda’s Sunday brunch – specifically their short ribs eggs benedict. Read more about it in: Fine Dining Redefined in Hong Kong and see the full review of Rhoda here.
5. Bing Sheng (Guangzhou)
I have to shamelessly admit that the foods I find most epic is usually the fattiest. The BBQ Pork/Char Siu at Bing Sheng was no doubt calorific, but absolutely unforgettable. Their other dishes were really delicious too. It was 100% worth the trip to Guangzhou just for this. See the full review here.
6. The Riding House Cafe (London)
I mentioned calorific right? I’m always on the lookout for good pancakes and the ones at The Riding House Cafe didn’t look like they’d be the winner, but were definitely the best no-frills buttermilk pancakes I’ve had to date. I should’ve but didn’t cover this cafe, but for more on London, read: 8 of London’s Must-Visit Restaurants for First Timers and 9 Coffee Shops to Visit in London
7. Uma Nota (Hong Kong)
My favourite new opening in Hong Kong this year was probably Uma Nota. Although their Brazilian-Japanese cuisine probably makes me biased. See the full review here.
8. El Pan de la Chola (Lima)
It’s my not-so-secret dream to one day open up my own cafe. I make it my mission to conquer as many cafes as possible no matter where in the world I travel to. Never had I been so inspired and in love, as when I walked into this cafe. It’s simple, beautiful and their pastries are amazing. Read more about it in: 9 Restaurants that Make Lima the Best Food City
9. Mavrx (Singapore)
If we’re talking about the best coffee I had in 2017… that’s truly a difficult question to answer. But the first place that came to mind was Mavrx in Singapore.
10. After You Dessert (Bangkok)
And finally, there’s always room for dessert, and when I’m in Bangkok, it’s a LOT of room. The Mango Sticky Rice Kakigori from After You never fails to impress. Read more about it in: 8 Things I Love Most in Bangkok
What was the BEST thing you ate in 2017?
Share your recommendations in the comments!
Happy New Year!