“I had yet to be initiated into the underground world of supper clubs. There is something almost clandestine about surreptitiously slipping into a stranger’s house for them to wine and dine you along with other unknowns…”
Michelin used to evaluate a restaurant based on whether it was worth a detour. Here, Victoria Haschka profiles 10 dishes so outstanding that they just might be considered destinations in themselves.
“A kilner jar filled with what looks like lime green lettuce leaves has been placed in front of me. Popping it open, to my horror and delight I find an army of ants crawling across cabbage leaves…”
“The harsh light of a June morning comes crashing through the shutters as she wrenches them open to expose me to daylight. 7am. “It’s my birthday,” I grunt, tired, reddened eyes squinting at this cruel torturer.”
A Dickensian feast taking place above a pub and being catered by a gastro-collective called…
It is not usual to see men sporting horn-rimmed glasses and unruly beards in the…
“Linen-draped table, sparkling glasses, bottles of inky wine, a pastoral outlook and a full humidor. That’s a recipe for success.” Nick ‘Monty Cristo’ Hammond dines and puffs at The Montague on the Gardens.
“Pleasure knows many boundaries. Dubai, a food desert, where water, ingredients and workforce are shipped in, and septic tanks pumped far out, has something of the pyramids about it.”
“Anxiously eying the turtle soup laid out on the table before me, I was hesitant to sample my first spoonful. It was a first, let alone at breakfast time, but it was only one of many exotic entrées to pass our lips…”
“Marc Demarquette has been the recipient of so many accolades it’s beginning to frustrate the competition.” Larry meets the renowned chocolatier; plus a tantalising reader offer is enclosed…
I’m not interested in the best restaurant on a budget or the world’s coolest or most democratic. I’m looking at the idea of the ‘best’, something that pulls at the heart strings, shocks, delights and nurtures in equal measure.