Favourite Restaurants

When I’m travelling and looking for recommendations, I generally avoid the generic “what are your favourite restaurants?” or “what are some of the must-eats in your city?”. More often than not, the person I’ve asked will turn into a bumbling mess of “umm”s and “ahh”s or I’ll get an overwhelmingly long list that I end up becoming the bumbling mess of “umm”s and “ahh”s.

So what I do instead is ask one simple question –

“If you had only three more meals in a city before you had to leave forever, where would you eat?”

The list below is what I would answer with if I was asked my own question.

World

# Restaurant Go-to dish City Food (10) Service (4) Ambience (3) Value (3) Total (20)
1 Jimbocho Den (傳) Clay Pot Rice,
Sashimi w/ Nori Sauce
Tokyo 9 4 3 2.5 18.5
2 Nakahara Yakiniku
(炭火焼肉なかはら)
Sirloin,
Oyster Blade
Tokyo 9.5 3.5 2 2 17
3 Narikura Tonkatsu (成蔵) Kiramugi Pork Loin Tonkatsu Tokyo 9.5 3 2 2.5 17
4 Rockwell & Sons Maine-Style
Tiger Prawn Roll,
but everything really
Melbourne 9 3.5 1.5 3 17
5 Hashiguchi
(はしぐち)
Otoro, Chutoro
& Anago Nigiri
Tokyo 9 3 3 1.5 16.5
6 Aca 1° (アカ) Paella (seasonal variation) Kyoto 8.5 3.5 2 2.5 16.5
7 Taheizushi (太平寿し)

Noduguro Nigiri, Kanou-gani Crab Nigiri

Hakusan 9 3.5 1.5 2.5 16.5
8 Ishibashi Sukiyaki
(いし橋)
Shimofuri Wagyu Sukiyaki Tokyo 8.5 3.5 2.5 2 16.5
9 Jumbo Hanare (焼肉 ジャンボ はなれ) Wagyu Hire (Fillet) Rice Tokyo 9 2.5 2 2.5 16
10 LuMi Bar and Dining 8 Course Degustation Sydney 9 2.5 2.5 2 16

Sydney

# Restaurant Go-to dish Food (10) Service (4) Ambience (3) Value (3) Total (20)
1 LuMi Bar and Dining 8 Course Degustation 9 2.5 2.5 2 16
2 Eleven Bridge (closed) Chicken Wings w/ Kombu Butter,
Date tart (original since 1984),
Beef Wellington (off-menu)
9 3 2.5 1.5 16
3 Sokyo Chase Toro Toro,
Toro/Chutoro Nigiri,
DengakuMan (Miso Cod)
9 3 2 1.5 15.5
4 A Tavola Pappardelle Con Ragu, Burrata, Gnocchi 9 2.5 2 1.5 15
5 Moon Park (now
Paper Bird)
Spanner Crab Bibim,
Zucchini Pancake
8 4 1.5 1.5 15
6 Sepia Degustation 8.5 3 2 1.5 15
7 Wang Wang BBQ Roast Pork, Roast Duck 9 N/A N/A 3 N/A
8 Firedoor Dry Aged Rib of Beef 8 2.5 2.5 1.5 14.5
9 Mister Gee Burger Truck The Stoners Revenge, The Truffe 8 N/A N/A 2.5 N/A
10 Temasek Chicken Laksa,
Nasi Goreng
8.5 2 1.5 2.5 14.5

Melbourne

# Restaurant Go-to dish Food (10) Service (4) Ambience (3) Value (3) Total (20)
1 Rockwell & Sons Maine-Style Tiger Prawn Roll,
but everything really
9 3.5 1.5 3 17
2 Hammer & Tong (closed) Soft Shell Crab Burger,
Lavender Yoghurt
9 2.5 2.5 2 16
3 Top Paddock Blueberry & Ricotta Hotcake,
Soft Shell Crab on Brioche Roll
8.5 2.5 2 2 15
4 Tipo 00 Tagliolini al Nero, Gnocchi di Patate, Tipomisù 8.5 2 2 2 14.5
5 Tuckshop Takeaway ‘The Bully’ (Secret Burger),
3 Cheese Jaffle, Chips
8.5 1.5 2 2.5 14.5
6 Attica Degustation 7.5 3 2.5 1.5 14.5
7 Mr Miyagi Nori Taco 8 2 2.5 2 14.5
8 Captain Moonlite Croquettes, Slow Roasted Lamb 8 2 2.5 2 14.5
9 Igni The Snacks 7.5 3 2 1.5 14
10 Ten Minutes by Tractor Beef, Venison, Quail 7.5 2 2.5 2 14

Hong Kong

# Restaurant Go-to dish Food (10) Service (4) Ambience (3) Value (3) Total (20)
1 Joy Hing Roasted Meats
(再興燒臘飯店)
Fatty Char Siu and
Fatty Roast Pork Rice (Combo)
9.5  2  1 3  15.5
2 Carbone Spicy Rigatoni Vodka,
Corn Tartufato
8.5 3.5  2  1  15
3 Via Tokyo Anything with Matcha
or Soft Serve
8.5  1.5 1.5 2.5  14
4 Law Fu Kee
(羅富記粥麵專家)
Any Congee, Fried Dace Ball 7.5 2  1.5  3 14
5 Jade Garden (Mongkok) Xiao Long Bao 8 2  2  2  14

Tokyo

# Restaurant Go-to dish Food (10) Service (4) Ambience (3) Value (3) Total (20)
1 Jimbocho Den (傳) Clay Pot Rice,
Sashimi w/ Nori Sauce
9 4 3 2.5 18.5
2 Yakiniku Nakahara
(炭火焼肉なかはら)
Sirloin, Oyster Blade 9.5 3.5 2 2 17
3 Narikura Tonkatsu
(成蔵)
Kiramugi Pork Loin Tonkatsu 9.5 3 2 2.5 17
4 Hashiguchi
(はしぐち)
Otoro, Chutoro
& Anago Nigiri
9 3 3 1.5 16.5
5 Ishibashi Sukiyaki
(いし橋)
Shimofuri Wagyu Sukiyaki
8.5 3.5 2.5 2 16.5
6 Tonta Tonkatsu
(とん太)
Toku (Special) Loin Tonkatsu 9 3 2.5 2 16.5
7 Jumbo Hanare (焼肉 ジャンボ はなれ) Wagyu Hire (Fillet) Rice 9 2.5 2 2.5 16
8 Ginza Harutaka (青空) Otoro, Chutoro
& Anago Nigiri
9 3 2.5 1.5 16
9 Ginza Hirayama
(銀座 ひらやま)
Tenderloin/Sirloin, Croquette 9 3 2.5 1.5 16
10 Quintessence
(レストラン カンテサンス)
Menu Carte Blanche 8.5 3 2.5 2 16

United States of America

# Restaurant Go-to dish City Food (10) Service (4) Ambience (3) Value (3) Total (20)
1 Statebird
Provisions
State Bird w/ Provisions,
Crispy Pork Belly
San Francisco 9 3 2 2 16
2 Bite into Maine Maine Lobster Roll Maine 9.5 N/A N/A 2.5 N/A
3 Wildair Nduja Toast, Panna Cotta New York 8.5 2.5 2 2 15
4 167 Raw Ceviche, Fish Taco, Soup Charleston 8.5 2 2 2.5 15
5 Husk Chicken Skin, Carolina Gold Rice Charleston 8.5 2.5 2 2 15
6 Prince Street Pizza Spicy Spring Slice (extra crispy) New York 8.5 N/A N/A 2.5 N/A
7 Eventide New England Clam Bake Maine 8.5 2 2 2 14.5
8 Eileen’s Cheesecake Classic Cheesecake New York 8.5 N/A N/A 2.5 N/A
9 Roberta’s Bee Sting Pizza New York 8 2 1.5 2.5 14
10 Estela Beef Tartare, Fried Arroz Negro New York 8 2 2 2 14

 


So, if you had only three more meals in a city before you had to leave forever, where would you eat? Let me know in the comments below.

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