This year blogging has taken a bit of a backseat as I’ve had to prioritise other things. But below is a summary of all the restaurants I loved this year, from London to Stockholm to Marrakech:
Neo Bistro ££
One of my top 2017 favourites is this slightly under the radar bistro, set up by the ex-Harwood Arms chef and the owner of Anglo. Ignore its slightly dodgy location right by Oxford Street as this cosy restaurant offers a fantastic tasting menu at great value: six courses for £45.
Serge et le Phoque, The Mandrake Hotel ££
Well this certainly was a bit of a showstopper. Not just the restaurant, but the Mandrake Hotel itself. It’s certainly ‘out there’ in terms of decor and design; fun, over the top and daring. The restaurant is more toned down, with a real focus on the food. Which is very good. Also, the bathrooms are very cool.
Magpie is the new restaurant by the guys who opened the very popular (Michelin star) Pidgin in Hackney. Its very central location on Heddon Street means no excuses not to go, and 100% worth it. Fun vibes, with trolleys of small plates zipping by, ensuring you can try the full range of their delicious dishes. The tartare in particular was excellent.
An oldie but a goodie. You can’t go wrong with a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, but it’s been an age since I’ve had meat as good as it was here. The perfect place for a spoiling dinner.
Wishlist: Southam Street, Clove Club, Lyle’s (yes, I know I’ve very behind)
The Mash Inn, Buckinghamshire
It’s only been open for a year or so but it’s gone from strength to strength. This pub with rooms, less than a 30 minute train ride from Marylebone, is ideal for a quick London getaway. Especially for foodies, their 9 course tasting menu (£65) is phenomenal. And the homemade breakfast in bed is the best wake up ever.
The Bull Inn, Cotswolds
One of my favourite countryside getaways this year was at the adorable and beyond cosy Bull Inn, a beautiful pub with rooms in the charming village of Charlbury. Every room is carefully designed with a lovely use of colour and different wallpaper, and it was close to impossible leaving their cosy fireplace. Their restaurant offers well priced, hearty British dishes and the staff are wonderful.
Piano Strada, Rome
A new favourite in a city which keeps on giving. This restaurant, run by four blondes, ticks all the boxes. Great location, cool interiors, excellent food. We’ve booked to return in January.
Should you find yourself in this quiet but very pretty Umbrian town, make sure you have lunch at this brilliant restaurant. It was the first lunch we had of our holiday, but safe to say also the best. Book a table on their terrace and eat pasta to your hearts content.
Our favourite restaurant in the city with a lot of good restaurants. Charming service, lovely setting, and excellent food. Obviously go for the fish dishes, you are in Sweden after all.
The only place for a picnic lunch in Stockholm’s summer months. No prettier place to be than in Rosendal Park, eating the cafe’s delicious sandwiches and cafes. Affordable too (for Stockholm).
More recommendations for Stockholm can be found here.
Like stepping into an oasis of calm and green, in the middle of Marrakech’s hectic medina. If you need a break from tagines then La Famille is the answer, offering incredible salads and pastas and cakes in a beautiful, bohemian setting.
Wishlist: La Table du Marche
More tips for Morocco can be found here.
The most sparkly, beautiful breakfast imaginable. I can only imagine what dinner is like here.
There are few more eye catching restaurants than Le Dali, in one of the most iconic hotels in Paris. And *those* deserts! Not to be missed.
Located in up and coming East Amsterdam in the iconic Entrepot dock, this brand new restaurant is not only beautiful to look at, but the food is good too. And not your standard fare either, often seasonal products are used, mostly cooked on an open fire. I love the service here, who greet you with a handshake and were exceptionally friendly and helpful all evening.
Despite its odd location, just outside the city along a motorway, Restaurant Bureau is a unique restaurant with an incredible rooftop terrace and a well priced menu. It’s not the place for first time Amsterdam visitors, but if you know the city well, this is the ideal place to try something different.
For more Amsterdam tips, click here.
The Japanese Restaurant, the Chedi
The most romantic setting for dinner, sitting at the candlelit Long Pool of this beautiful Muscat hotel. Phenomenal Japanese food. More tips on Oman can be found here.
The Palmenhaus has been around for years, and I still remembered it from my time of living in Vienna almost 20 years ago. It’s a beautiful, airy, old tropical house, perfect for a coffee and an excellent cake, or for lunch or dinner, overlooking the Burggarten. A special place.
More recommendations for Vienna can be found here.