toptable reveals the UK’s top food bloggers’ best restaurants of 2010
Some of the UK’s most respected food bloggers have shared with toptable their top ten restaurants in 2010. Passionate about restaurants and constantly looking to be surprised and inspired by food, their choices demonstrate the broad wealth of culinary experiences available in both London and across the UK.
The bloggers were unanimous in their admiration of Hawksmoor in Covent Garden referring often to the Kimichi burger, lobster roll and as Cheese and Biscuits wrote, “… and my God, those beef dripping chips…”. Italian restaurants were also favoured with Polpo and Polpetto, Zucca, Alloro, L’Anima, Zafferano, Bocca di Lupo and Cinquecento – where Douglas Blyde was rendered speechless by the tagliatelle with white truffle – taking top spots. Bob Bob Ricard is noted for the ‘top class food’, ‘best roast lamb’, ‘champagne at the push of a button’ and as The Epicurean says “…the best value for money wine list in the UK”.
Hidden ethnic gems such as Sushi di Shiori – described by Catty as “…hands down the best, freshest and most delicious sushi and sashimi I’ve had in London….” – Koya, Pearl Liang, Kikuchi, Dishoom and Tayyabs sit alongside culinary luminaries; The Ledbury, Le Gavroche, Fat Duck, The Square and Galvin La Chapelle.
Out of London restaurants; The Kingham Plough (Chipping Norton) The Pot Kiln (Yattendon) and The Kitchen (Edinburgh) all struck a chord with Bruce Palling who described the latter as “…probably the most original cuisine in Scotland…”. Dan of Essex Eating rates The Gurnard’s Head in St. Ives and The Lido Restaurant in Bristol amongst his most memorable dining experiences this year.
Lucy Taylor, Head of Restaurant Relations said, “The combined list of bloggers top restaurants for 2010 creates a fantastically diverse resource for toptable users giving them plenty of really informed tips as to which restaurants to try and which chefs to watch in 2011.”