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With the cold, shorter nights closing in, we've been keen to stay wrapped but it hasn't stopped us from getting out and about. So here is November's pick of 10 top places to eat and drink from around the world, as selected by thefoodpeople team. In no particular order ...
Meatballs for the People, Stockholm
Meatballs for the People in Stockholm serves up traditional Swedish meatballs with potato purée, lingonberries and pickled cucumber. The best thing (for me) was that they also do meat-free meatballs, so you can experience the classic dish even as a veggie. They were delicious too!
The Set, Brighton
First stop is the bar next door for a few warm up drinks before stepping through into the homely restaurant. Picking from a choice of three tasting menus, we feasted on a number of tastes from land and sea, combined with off the menu plates that the chef curated to make sure everyone left full. With an impressive wine menu to match the tasty food, The set certainly delivered.
Sarah W says:
This is the second restaurant opened by Michelin starred chef Tommy Banks and while it's sharing plates make it more casual than the Black Swan at Oldsted the memorable tastes and passion behind the menu following the family farm at Oldsted to plate process is exactly the same. The menus follow the seasons with autumn being "The Preserving Season". Kale dressed in sheep's yogurt, pickled walnuts and cured egg yolk was a favourite as was the signature crapaudine beetroot slowly cooked in beef fat. If in York this is a must place to visit, just make sure to book in advance!
Forage in Vancouver has a huge emphasis on not only local and seasonal produce but supporting local farmers and independent distilleries. The charcuterie board we ate contained a chicken liver parfait using their very own chickens as well as home cured meats and pickles, even the apples are from their very own garden. Seasonality and food miles is really key and I think Forage showcase the best of their local produce!
Couldn't get enough of these scarlet prawns, grilled to perfection and washed down with a glass (or two!) of delicious orange wine.
Two Lights, London
Two Lights is the much awaited new restaurant from the team behind the ever brilliant Clove Club. Headed by their former head-chef, Chase Lovecky, means the kitchen is in safe hands. The Katsu Sardine Sandwich was the pick of the bunch with a complexity that was conspicuous by its absence. In fact, most of the dishes have this theme, apparently simple on the dish, without frippery or excessive garnish but, with perfect technique and clever cooking at every turn.
Cakes & Bubbles, London
Cakes & bubbles - you can't really get a more perfect combination in my eyes! Albert Adrià first permanent restaurant outside of Spain where you can enjoy a selection of stunningly beautiful, creative sweet treats all washed down with a glass of champagne. Whatever you do order THE cheesecake - which has no doubt been clogging up your Instagram feed!
Caravan on Great Portland Street (Fitzrovia)
Everyone loves Caravan but the latest addition to the Caravan portfolio is their outlet on Great Portland Street. It has a heightened level of refinement and sophistication compared to the others and for that additional retro throwback, it is in the former Radio 1 HQ! The menu is the globally inspired delight that we've come to expect with influences of Spanish, Middle Eastern, Asian, British and Italian to name a few. My particular favourite of the moment is the Charred Aubergine plate with soft boiled egg, yoghurt, chermoula and za'atar toast and what's great is you have the option to add meat if you'd like, in this case a delicious merguez sausage! Also on offer are a range of house made laminated delights, creative croissants, sourdough, sandwiches and craft roasted espresso.
Scully was previously Ottolenghi's Head Chef at NOPI before opening this, his first venture. He made our evening not only through his exquisite cooking but also coming over to speak with us and even letting us sample a couple of dishes he was experimenting with! Everything was amazing but our favourite was the BBQ octopus.
Eleven Madison Park, NYC
If you're going to have one Michelin starred fine dining experience in New York, Eleven Madison Park is a classic sure bet. Walking in from a blustery autumn evening, I was greeted by a warm ambience and understated interior. We took some time to select our wine from a list the length of a Victorian novel. The tasting menu was an ode to premium ingredients, including caviar soufflé, seared foie gras, lobster, truffle and venison. Among all this opulent fare, a stand out dish for me was the cheese course, which consisted of half a sweet potato mashed up with cheese table-side and then served with a pretzel for dipping. We went on our way laden with goody bags featuring house made granola for next day's breakfast – a nice touch.