Memorable dishes I had in 2019

Hello reader’s  , I spent a good chunk of 2019 eating my way through various culinary delights at home and abroad. From the hustle and bustle of Marrakech to the Port loving streets of Porto, I will attempt to capture all the memorable dishes I had in 2019. Strap in and enjoy the foodie ride.

 

Duck and Rice

The Duck and rice gastropub in Soho served some of  2019’s most mouthwatering duck dishes . The duck skin was perfectly crispy and duck meat was ever soo juicy. I spotted a delicious plate of lobster on their instagram page a few days ago. Compliments to head chef Hoong and the team. I have to go back for sure.

Memorable dishes I had in 2019 : Cantonese roast duck

Memorable dishes I had in 2019 : Cantonese roast duck

 

Duck and rice

 

Drinking to the Brexit chaos

Drinking to the Brexit chaos

 

Suya lamb shoulder , grilled cutlets and Cous Cous

I had this dish at an African fusion restaurant in Mayfair called Stork. The lamb was ever soo soft and tender. Spicing was on point. The menu has changed a fair bit since I last visited and it seems they now have more Nigerian dishes . I will have to visit again to try out their new menu and to support what they are trying to do with placing Nigerian food on the map. Stork is  currently closed for renovations and is due to reopen in Feb 2020. Keep up the good work team.

 

Memorable dish I had in 2019 : Cutting into the delicious shredded suya lamb shoulder , grilled cutlets , Jollof couscous and smoked aubergine

Memorable dish I had in 2019 : Cutting into the delicious shredded suya lamb shoulder , grilled cutlets , Jollof couscous and smoked aubergine

 

Mayfair's Stork restaurant

Look for the wings

 

Plant based Vegan Hot dogs

I bet some of you are thinking my blog has been hacked , but fear not, it is I. Temporarily based in Croydon’s St Matthew’s Yard, the  Vegan grill restaurant served some very tasty gluten hotdogs. The taste was hard to differentiate from meaty hot dogs. I was soo shocked I spent a few minutes talking to the owners about vegan food , more specifically a flour product called Gluten.They have since moved out of St Matthew’s Yard according to their website, however another Vegan restaurant called followburgergrill has taken its place , so do check out this new place. The Vegan grill crew tried out their burgers and apparently loved it.

Plant based sausage

Memorable dishes I had in 2019 : Plant based sausage and chips from Vegan grill

 

Vegan grill food and drinks

 

Good tasting food

Vegan food keeps getting better and better. Here’s to hoping more places pop up in 2020

I am looking forward to trying out a few more vegan dishes in 2020 as there are more places serving tasty vegan dishes. The queues outside Greggs for vegan steak bakes at the start of the New Year really shows the increasing popularity of vegan dishes.

Morrocan dishes : Tagine’s , Lamb and bread , Pasta

Some of the most memorable dishes I had in 2019 was abroad . We had wonderful time in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and Marrakech and had soo many dishes that really stood out. I fell in love with tagines on this trip hence the millions of pictures below

Tagines at Riad Karmela and Kasbah Bab Ourika

Delicious lamb tagine

Memorable dishes I had in 2019 : Delicious lamb tagine at Riad Karmela. The best I have ever tasted

 

Lamb tagine on a beautiful plate

 

Fish Tagine at Kasbah Bab Ourika

Fish Tagine at Kasbah Bab Ourika

 

Kasbah Bab Ourika landscape

Kasbah Bab Ourika landscape

 

Chicken tagine at la Maison Arabe cookery class

Chicken tagine at la Maison Arabe cookery class

 

Chicken Tagine with lemon preserves

Chicken Tagine with lemon preserves

Lamb and bread at Mechoui Alley

Mechoui alley

Marrakech Mechoui Alley

 

1kg of roast lamb and bread

1kg of roast lamb and bread

Finally , the Pasta Carbonara at La Sultana was an absolute memorable dish for me. It went down a treat.

Pasta carbonara at La Sultana Marrakech

Pasta carbonara at La Sultana Marrakech

Portuguese dishes : Bacalhau ( cod ) ,  Francesinha          ( Portuguese heart failure sandwich ) and Pasteis de nata ( tarts )

We took a trip to Porto for a friends wedding and absolutely stuffed our faces at restaurants all over the city.  You can find out the names of the various restaurants by checking out my Porto blog post. Our mornings always kicked off with a glass of Port and freshly baked Pasteis de nata. Breakfast doesn’t get any better than this.

Pasteis de Nata and Port

Manteigaria Bakery

Memorable dish I had in 2019 at Manteigaria Bakery . Pasteis de nana

 

Pasteis de nata

Pasteis de nata and the finest Port

Bacalhau ( cod fish and potatoes ) with a drizzle of Olive oil for lunch

Tastiest plate of food in Porto : The Bacalhau a Lagareiro

Tastiest plate of food in Porto : The Bacalhau a Lagareiro makes it into my most memorable dishes of 2019

 

 

Francesinha for dinner : a Portuguese sandwich to die for ..literally. Clogged arteries never felt soo good. The gravy was soo good I tried not to share , until an Irish someone gave away my tricks .

Memorable dish I had in 2019 : Francesinha , a steak and sausage sandwich swimming in a melted cheese and gravy

Memorable dish I had in 2019 : Francesinha , a steak and sausage sandwich swimming in a melted cheese and gravy

 

Piri Piri Chicken and wild African rice 

Sticking with the Portuguese theme,  I had some some tasty piri piri flame grilled chicken at a new restaurant in London Bridge called Casa do Frango. They opened a new joint in Shoreditch last month  (December 2019).

 

Casa do Frango flame grilled chicken

Casa do Frango flame grilled chicken

 

Casa do Frango African rice with crispy chicken skin , chorizo and plantain : Makelesmouthful

Casa do Frango African rice with crispy chicken skin , chorizo and plantain : Makelesmouthful

 

Whole plaice , clams , spring onion and chilli

We were bowled over by this fish dish served  at Wrights Brothers located inside London bridges famous Borough Market .  The Plaice was perfectly cooked and delicious. They better keep this dish on their menu or else I’ll be leading a protest.

 

Whole Plaice, clams , chilli and spring onions

Whole Plaice, clams , chilli and spring onions

There goes a quick post about some of the memorable dishes I had in 2019. Here’s to more memorale dishes in 2020 readers. Post any foodie ideas in the comments below and I’ll try and check out the restaurant.

 

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