Where to dine in style this year
Those in the know are aware of the delights that await the dedicated foodie, if you know where to go. Here are some secret UK restaurants that deserve a visit in 2017
James Cochran EC3, London
James Cochran EC32 is the restaurant you need to visit if you want Michelin quality. James Cochran came from the 2-Michelin-star The Ledbury. This new place however, still offers available reservations and reasonable prices.
It’s right over the BYOC’s Liverpool Street branch, so it should be easy to find. You must try the Caribbean jerk chicken first.
L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria
L’Enclume is perhaps one of the most popularly recommended restaurants outside the London area. Everyone raves about the food, the atmosphere, and the views. Even if you think that London is the epicenter of great dining in the whole of the UK, you need to make a pilgrimage to this restaurant at least once in 2017.
Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac
The variety of seafood here in Fish Kitchen can be overwhelming. Which ones should you try first? With the small plates offered here, you can try a lot. Once you see the offerings on the menu, you will want to try as many dishes as possible, and each dish will be worth your while.
Two Cats, Birmingham
Chef Niki Astley focused on Baltic cuisine for his restaurant Two Cats in Birmingham, because his girlfriend is from the Baltics. Come visit and you may feel like you’re the one who’s being wooed with the quality of the dishes offered here. This place can singlehandedly make Baltic-Russian cuisine one of the major foodie trends for this year in the UK—though even the Brummie brown pea soup is terrific too.
The Classroom, Cardiff
The name derives from the restaurant’s location on the Cardiff and Vale College campus. Here you will find senior staff overseeing the training of new chefs, and you’re part of the grading process. The students all seem like Firsts in their class, and the Welsh ingredients are tasty and fresh.
For tacos, Breddos in London is the place to visit. If you’re a London mainstay, you probably have never tasted a taco quite like the taco here. The taste propelled this former car park taco shack into a temple of taco in Clerkenwell. You can start with the crispy masa chicken or the chorizo verde, but you may find it hard to stop.
Barking Dog, Belfast
Northern Ireland cuisine tends to focus on unpretentious fare, and that’s the same philosophy of the famous Barking Dog in Belfast. They offer seasonal cuisine that smacks of the best comfort food you’ve ever had at home. Beer and scampi is always a favorite combination, and the servers are just delightful.
Sticky Walnut, Chester
Looking for a bistro? The Sticky Walnut in Chester is exquisitely beautiful, and the Brit and Continental fare are simple delicious. You can start with the classic chicken liver pate and the sticky walnuts, buried in a salad of beetroot, ricotta, and spiced pumpkin seeds. But that probably won’t be the end of it.
Gordon Ramsay calls the brothers who run Casamia as “2 little geniuses”. It’s long been lauded as one of the best restaurants in the UK, and its rep continues to shine. If you haven’t been there yet, it’s about time you make a special trip to see what all the hoopla is all about.
The Sportsman, Whitstable
The Sportsman in Whitstable has long been included in numerous “best of” lists, as their food is delightful and the views are spectacular. Go now, because they’ve just won the title from the National Restaurant Awards, and it’ll just get more famous from time passes.
Dining at Kiln is like being at your mate’s home while he serves you the best Thai barbecue in his kitchen. The dishes, however, are much better than any home-served Thai BBQ. The fish, beef, and lamb dishes are simply divine, and you need to call ahead to make sure that you’ll be on time for their suckling pig.
Bala Baya, London
Bala Baya is a trendy new place in London that’s generating a lot of buzz. Here you can try Israeli food dine in Tel Aviv style. Start with the delicate tea-smoked aubergine, and finish the meal off with the chocolaty goodness of the doughy babka.
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