2019 has been a crazy year filled with lots of food and travels. It was hard to pick my top 10 meals, but these seemed to stand out for me. In no specific order…
34 Degrees South, Knysna
There wasn’t a lot happening in Knysna, but we enjoyed 34 Degrees South so much that we went twice! Branded the home of the Knysna oyster, there’s plenty of seafood on the menu, but the menu is huge. It’s a really cool set up with a shop at the entrance, sushi bar in the middle and then the restaurant at the back.
Order: Dressed oyster delight 2, grilled prawns and sushi
Nelson’s Eye, Cape Town
My favourite meal in South Africa was Nelson’s Eye. The atmosphere was intimate and cosy; a little cramped, but that didn’t affect our experience. The service was ideal: efficient, friendly, but not overbearing. The food was amazing, the best steak I’ve eaten, and the sides were so simple, yet unforgettable.
Order: Fillet steak with creamed spinach, baked potato and pan fried onions
The best recommendation I received this year was for this new Italian at Tower Bridge. I went for a work dinner and I was completely blown away through all stages of our dining experience. Everything we ate was incredible and I can’t wait to go back!
Order: Everything! But especially the Stracciatella, seafood pasta and cannoli
Big Feed, Glasgow
I love a food market, so I was thrilled to try this one with a group of friends. It’s indoors, which is handy for Scottish weather and had a nice chilled vibe. There was a complete mix of ages and people, from families with kids to our group of twenty-somethings, but everyone was getting stuck in to the food and drinks.
Order: Shredded duck fries and duck pancakes from Duck Street Food
After living in Scotland my whole life, 2019 is the first time I’ve been to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. For such a momentous occasion, I knew I had to pick somewhere good for dinner beforehand. At Fhior there is a 4 or 7 course tasting menu, but the menus are sealed until the end of your meal. It was a really fun experience and the food and wine was delicious.
Order: The 7 course tasting menu for the full experience
Eiffel Tower Picnic, Paris
For all the times I’ve visited Paris, it wasn’t until this year that I finally had a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower. We were in Paris for birthday celebrations, so we were a little hungover, but we managed to go to a local bakery and set up camp right in front of the tower.
Order: Baguettes, so you can sword fight like Mary-Kate & Ashley
The best thing about Milan was the afternoon aperitivo! Plenty of Apreol Spritz and unlimited food, what’s not to love? River Navigli Cocktail Bar was my favourite spot, but make your way along the canals dotting in and out of different bars.
Order: An Aperol Spritz and eat until your hearts content
Be Our Guest, Orlando
On a family holiday to Florida for my Mum’s 60th, one of the things I was looking forward to most was dinner at the Be Our Guest restaurant in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. It was amazing to be eating in the Beast’s castle, but I also really enjoyed my meal. There’s even a surprise visitor at the end!
Order: The French onion soup, filet mignon & dessert trio (feat. The grey stuff – it’s delicious!)
Pizza Tasting, Edinburgh
Great meals can happen at home and this was such a fun night with friends. We ordered (as similar as possible) pizzas from 5 different spots around Edinburgh and then blind tasted them to find our favourite. The results were extremely varied, but mine in order of favouite were:
- Pizzeria 1926
- La Favorita
Order: Each pizzeria has different options, but try and pick ones that are most alike for a fair comparision
White Sushi, Edinburgh
This was another great meal at home. Having moved to Leith this year, I finally got to try White Sushi and it quickly became a common take out for 2019. Everyone loves lazy days watching movies in their pjs and eating yummy food.
Order: Edamame, prawn katsu, salmon sashimi and a rainbow roll