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One Leicester Street pickles and preserves dinner

Brown butter and honey tart, One Leicester Street

Menu from a dinner at the Michelin-starred One Leicester Street with chef Tom Harris showcasing pickles and preserved meats with wines to match: Pig’s cheek ham with celeriac and mustard Middlewhite belly and tongue ham with sour cabbage Eber-Ebenauer Gruner Veltliner 2011, Weinviertel Raw dexter, pickles and rye Peter Lauer Fass 16 2012, Saar Smoked…

Arzak, Donostia – San Sebastian, lunch

Whit tuna with garlic petals, Arzak, San Sebastian

Menu from a lunch at the three Michelin-starred Arzak, one of the World’s Best Restaurants, in Donostia – San Sebastian: Scorpion fish pudding with kataifi Chorizo with tonic Red cod-fish Bitter raspberry White tuna with marinated strawberries Beetroot blood apple – apple injected with beetroot accompanied by creamy foie gras and potato “mother of pearl” Cromlech,…

Mugaritz, Errenteria, dinner

Ice shreds, scarlet shrimp perfume, Mugaritz, Errenteria

Menu from a dinner at the two Michelin-starred Mugaritz, one of the World’s Best Restaurants, in Errenteria, San Sebastian: “Fishbones” with nuances of lemon, garlic and cayenne pepper Edible stones Smoked toast, 100% lobster Red amaranth raceme with sesame powder Tendon, derives from Latin tendere “to stretch”; honey mead, yolks and dipping ash Carrots and…

#AtxaDacosta at Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, dinner

Quique Dacosta and Eneko Atxa inflating egg, Azurmendi, Vizcaya

Menu from a four hands dinner at the three Michelin-starred Azurmendi in Larrabetzu where Eneko Atxa cooked with Quique Dacosta of the three Michelin-starred Quique Dacosta in Dénia: A WALK THROUGH THE STARS (Q) Rose (Q) Tomatoes in vinegar (Q) Stevia leaves and pepperworth (E) Hibiscus cold infusion  ~ PICNIC (E) Anchovy seasoned at home with…

Tomi Laurila’s Finnish lunch

Plating up, Finnish cooking with Tomi Laurila, Helsinki

Menu from a lunch with Finnish chef Tomi Laurila to learn about typical Finnish cooking (rough English translations bold and in brackets): Valdemar-juusto salaattia lime balsamico kastiketta (Valdemar-cheese salad with lime balsamic dressing) Paahdettua kuhaa, lämminta perunasalaattia ja basilika kastiketta (roast pike-perch, warm potato salad and basil sauce) Ruisjäätelöä ja mustaherukkamelbaa (ryebread ice cream and berry…

Spis, Helsinki, dinner

Liquorice, horseradish and parsley root, Spis, Helsinki

Menu from a tasting dinner at Nordic restaurant Spis in Helsinki, Finland, with wines to match (Read my post on why Helsinki’s restaurant scene is at its hottest right now here): Snacks House salad Potato and fennel Leek and thyme Barley and cabbage Tomato and knäckebröd ~ Amuse Bouche Cucumber ~ The Long Tasting Menu Liquorice, horseradish…