Even though I’m a bit late, I thought I should write a classic “How was 2015” article and don’t miss out the “popular culture”. If you ask me I’d say 2015 was great but when I thought about I realised that the whole year was spent on the road. This last year I’ve been to 10 different countries and 41 different cities. I have traveled tens of thousands of kilometers; 24 flights -most of which are overseas- 6 train rides, 3 voyages and of course how much more with cars. I will talk about 12 restaurants and dishes I pick from these travels.
1) Jaipur, India – January 2015
Jaipur is one of my favorite cities in India. I lost count of how many times I have been there but I know that I’ll always come back and never get sick of it. My favorite hotel in Jaipur is the Rambagh Palace. Formerly a Maharajah palace, the building now serves as hotel owned by the Taj group. I have tasted the best of Indian cuisine in the classy restaurant of this hotel. Pit roasted lamb was my favorite, I really like that dish, it’s too good to be true.
2) Lyon, France – February 2015
It’s not easy to choose in Lyon, the capital of gastronomy in Europe, from hundreds of good options – moreso if you have a limited time. One of my favorite restaurants in Lyon is “Tetedoie” with 1 Michelin star. Young chef Christian Tetedoie retouches the classic French dishes in a fitting and modern way. Young and appealing sommeliers help you to choose the perfect wine for your meal among options like local Cotes du Rhone, Burgundy and Beaujolais. The view of the restaurant is just spectacular.
3) Cape Town, South Africa – March 2015
At Capepoint where two oceans intersect, there is a restaurant called Two Oceans with a magnificent view and delicious seafood. Also it would be a mistake to not mention The Taste Kitchen in Cape Town, book it a few months prior. Don’t forget to drink a glass of Chenin Blanc and Pinotage at Stellenbosch. (Or maybe even a couple of glasses, that might be better)
4) Munich, Germany – April and October 2015
Luckily I have been to Munich twice this year. The second time I drank beer like crazy in the Oktoberfest and devoured bratwursts in Hoffbrahaus. In my trip in April I discovered an amazing Italian restaurant: L’Osteraia Künstlerhaus. The pizzas are stupendous.
5) Berkeley, San Fransisco, USA – June 2015
When you say Berkeley to people who are interested in gastronomy, they think about one place: Chez Panisse. It’s a delightful experience to eat in this restaurant which is the birthplace of modern California cuisine.
6) Sausalito, San Fransisco, USA – July 2015
Sausalito is a calm and fun little town 40 minutes away from downtown San Fransisco. Sushi Ran which is visited often by people like Bill Gates is a great Japanese restaurant.
7) Çeşme, Turkey – August 2015
Stuffed mussels and beer. No comments.
8) Hanoi, Vietnam – September 2015
The cheapest and most delicious seafood I’ve ever had in my life.
9) Boracay, Philippines – September 2015
The world is a better place with “red crabs” in it…
10) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – September 2015
If there is a China Town in a city, I’m always there first…
11) Bordeaux, France – October 2015
I can recommend many good places in Bordeaux but in my last trip, I’ve found a great place. L’Exquis. Two chefs. One Japanese and the other French. They create miracles out of classical French dishes with a touch of the Japanese cuisine. They cook the appetizers right beside you in the open kitchen while talking to you and they serve it themselves.
12) Plovdiv, Bulgaria – October 2015
As a cheese fan, Bulgaria means goon cheese to me. In this trip I was there at the vintage and discovered some delicious Bulgarian wines. Starosel Vinyards.