Favourite Dishes

Here are some moments where I was within reach of food perfection.

For the sake of variety, I’ve excluded dishes that are similar (you wouldn’t want a list full of Wagyu and Sushi would you?)

World

# Dish Restaurant City Score (10)
1 Ankimo Mousse Jimbocho Den (傳) Tokyo 9.75
2 Wagyu Beef Sirloin
in Korean Pear Marinade
Yakiniku Nakahara 
(炭火焼肉なかはら)
Tokyo 9.75
3 Kiramugi Pork Loin Tonkatsu Narikura (成蔵) Tokyo 9.5
4 Anago Nigiri Hashiguchi (はしぐち) Tokyo 9.5
5 Maine Lobster Roll Bite into Maine Maine 9.5
6 Noduguro Nigiri Taheizushi (太平寿し) Kanazawa 9.5
7 Paella (seasonal variation) Aca 1° (アカ) Kyoto 9.5
8 Maine-Style Tiger Prawn Roll Rockwell & Sons Melbourne 9.5
9 Crispy Pear Tart served with
Vanilla Ice Cream
8½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Hong Kong 9.5
10 Fatty Char Siu and
Fatty Roast Pork Rice (Combo)
Joy Hing
Roasted Meat
Hong Kong 9.5

Sydney

# Dish Restaurant Suburb Score (10)
1 Truffle Egg Fettucine Buon Ricordo Paddington 9.5
2 Chase Toro Toro Sokyo Pyrmont 9.25
3 Beetroot, Black Sesame, Goat Cheese LuMi Bar and Dining Pyrmont 9.25
4 Chocolate Sphere Koi Dessert Bar Chippendale 9.25
5 Dry Aged Rib of Beef Firedoor Surry Hills 9
6 Bibim, White & Green Rice, Spanner Crab,
Walnuts, Broccolini & Burnt Butter
Moon Park (now Paper Bird) Redfern 9
7 Gnocchi (occasionally on the specials board) A Tavola Darlinghurst 9
8 Roast Pork & Rice w/ Ginger Scallion Oil Wang Wang BBQ Eastwood 9
9 Fish Sauce Eggplant w/ Rice K&J Takeaway Eastwood 8.75
10 The Stoner’s Revenge Mister Gee Burger Truck Haberfield 8.75

Melbourne

# Dish Restaurant Suburb Score (10)
1 Maine-Style Tiger Prawn Roll Rockwell & Sons Collingwood 9.5
2 Soft Shell Crab Burger Hammer & Tong (closed) Fitzroy 9.25
3 Nori Taco Mr Miyagi Windsor 9
4 The Snacks Igni Geelong 9
5 Gnocchi di Patate Tipo 00 CBD 9
6 Three Cheese Jaffle w Chips Tuckshop Takeaway Caulfield North 8.75
7 An Imperfect History of Ripponlea as Told by Tarts Attica Ripponlea 8.75
8 Blueberry & Ricotta Hotcake w/ Berries, Organic
Maple, Seeds & Double Cream
Top Paddock Richmond 8.75
9 Soy Marinated Blackmore Wagyu Intercostal 9+ Restaurant Shik CBD 8.75
10 Ham & Gruyere Croissant Lune Croissanterie Fitzroy 8.5

Hong Kong

# Dish Restaurant Suburb Score (10)
1 Crispy Pear Tart served with Vanilla Ice Cream 8½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Central 9.5
2 Fatty Char Siu and Fatty Roast Pork Rice (Combo) Joy Hing
Roasted Meat
Wan Chai 9.5
3 Filet de Boeuf Mongolian (Sliced Raw Beef
prepared w/ the Chef’s Own Recipe)
Amigo Restaurant Happy Valley 9.25
4 Anything with Matcha Green Tea Soft Serve Via Tokyo Causeway Bay 8.75
5 Spicy Rigatoni Vodka Carbone Central 8.75

Tokyo

# Dish Restaurant Suburb Score (10)
1 Ankimo Mousse Jimbocho Den (傳) Aoyama-Icchome 9.75
2 Wagyu Beef Sirloin in Korean Pear Marinade Yakiniku Nakahara 
(炭火焼肉なかはら)
Ichigaya 9.75
3 Kiramugi Pork Loin Tonkatsu Narikura (成蔵) Takadanobaba 9.5
4 Toro (Otoro & Chutoro) Nigiri Hashiguchi (はしぐち) Akasaka 9.5
5 Truffle Sukiyaki & Egg Yoroniku (よろにく) Omotesando 9.5
6 Wagyu Hire (Fillet) Rice Jumbo Hanare (焼肉 ジャンボ はなれ) Hongo 9.25
7 Shimofuri Wagyu Sukiyaki Ishibashi Sukiyaki
(いし橋)
Ueno 9.25
8 Karasumi Soba Shimada (銀座 しまだ) Ginza 9.25
9 Chicken Liver Yakitori Ribatei (里葉亭) Hinodecho 9.25
10 Toku (Special) Loin Tonkatsu Tonta Tonkatsu (とん太) Takadanobaba 9.25

United States of America

# Dish Restaurant City Score (10)
1 Maine Lobster Roll Bite into Maine Portland, Maine 9.5
2 Pomme d’Amour Knead Patisserie San Francisco 9.25
3 Fried Crispy Pork Belly w/ Blood Orange,
Jalapeños & Herbs
State Bird Provisions San Francisco 9
4 Nduja Toast Wildair New York 8.75
5 Fish Taco 167 Raw Charleston 8.75
6 Spicy Spring Slice (extra crispy) Prince Street Pizza New York 8.75
7 Carolina Gold Rice Husk Charleston 8.5
8 Classic Cheesecake Eileen’s Cheesecake New York 8.5
9 Marinated Pork Adobada Taco Los Tacos No.1 New York 8.5
10 One of the bites of a Plain Regular Pie Di Fara New York 8.5

Final note

Unavoidably dish scoring, unlike restaurant scoring, has more personal bias. This is because we all have individual tastes and palates.

As a case in point, one of my most hated things in the world is celery (because fuck celery). If you give me the very best celery dish in the world, I still won’t score it very well.

Dishes naturally have “caps” on how well you score them based on how much you enjoy eating that type of dish. For example, I neither love nor hate wonton noodles, so it’s capped at an 8. Even if you give me the world’s best wonton noodles (Tsim Chai Kee in Hong Kong), the most I will give it is 10/10 within the maximum cap of 8, which means it will score 8/10 overall. Sushi, one of my favourite foods, has no limit so it is foreseeable that in the future I could eat sushi that is worthy of 10/10.

Luckily, while I’m a snobby eater, I’m not really a fussy eater. This may sound paradoxical but it means I appreciate all foods and cuisines, as long as it’s executed well. As a result, the scores above aren’t too biased (unless the dish has celery; who on earth likes that shit anyway).

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