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Now in its fourth month, here is October's pick of 10 top places to eat and drink from around the world, as selected by thefoodpeople team. In no particular order ...
Carnal, Smorgasburg Market, NYC
My favourite food moment this month was taking in the sights, smells and tastes at New York's Smorgasburg Market – where my best bite came courtesy of the 'Carnal' stall, and their melt-in-your-mouth(!) smoked beef short rib (topped with bone marrow, spiced carrot and nectarine).
Core by Clare Smyth, London
Core by Clare Smyth offers the whole experience, beautiful interior, attentive staff and exquisite flavours all beautifully presented. Stand out has to be the Lamb Carrot with braised lamb and sheep milk's yogurt.
Cull & Pistol, Chelsea Market, NYC
Saturday and Chelsea Market is packed with pleasure seeking foodies, lining up for street eats. But if you want to enjoy the bustle without the hustle, Cull & Pistol is a nice little seafood restaurant set within the market, with window facing seating so you can rest those weary tourist feet and enjoy the view. There's a dizzying array of fresh fish waiting on ice at the raw bar, including a variety of oysters, sea urchins and lobsters. You can even order an alcoholic 'Oyster Shooter' featuring vodka and horseradish. But having stolen furtive glances at the neighbouring tables, we only had eyes for one dish – the lobster roll. It's available Maine (cold) or Connecticut (hot) style, and I would definitely choose the latter. Soft and buttery, I did not want the lobster to end and the fries were the best I've ever tasted – the exact right cut and combination of crunchy and soft and with delicious New Bay seasoning.
The Bull, Ditchling
This recently refurbished pub is at the heart of the village! Winner of the John Smith Great British Pub Awards 2018, The Bull serves local ales and hearty pub classics, but there is also an element of refinement to their menu too with dishes using game and intricate ingredients. Their roaring log fire means you eat, drink can also get cosy with your four-legged friend too.
Cookies Cream, Berlin
It's a vegetarian restaurant with a Michelin star. Really hard to find, and looks very dingy – its behind a hotel and need to walk past their bins to find an upside down chandelier where the restaurant is then close by! It's so cool inside, really industrial, bare brick and concrete. They also don't like you taking photos, and have been told off a few times trying to capture dishes on my phone! The food is really creative, very flamboyant and very colourful, and even though I'm a meat eater it is one of my favourite places in the world!
Cin Cin, Hove
Awarded a Bib Gourmand in this year's Michelin Guide, and named in the Good Food Guide, Cin Cin is hardly a well-kept secret. But that said, with a good deal of competition in the rapidly maturing Brighton food scene, I can totally recommend you make the trip. With two locations – in the heart of Brighton's North Laine and in leafy Hove – Cin Cin is all about amazing casual, small plate Italian dining. It is a horse-shoe bar at which you can sit to get close the to the heart of the action and, coupled with its regularly changing menu, it certainly rewards repeat visits. As you might expect, the wine and cheese lists are both incredible (as a vegetarian, I can't testify to it, but the same was said of the meat!), but of the star of the show when we visited had to be the giant fried Mac'n'Cheese cube with a black pepper dip. With a glass of Chianti on the side? 'Cin Cin'!
The Newhaven Fishmarket, Edinburgh
This new fish and chip shop overlooks the historic Granton harbour, on Edinburgh's North coast. The view over the harbour is spectacular, taking the white lighthouse - stretching towards the trio of bridges crossing the Firth of Forth. The restaurant is a partnership between seafood chef, Roy Brett and the fishmongers, Welsh's. The duo guaranteeing the fish will be as fresh a possible and cooked perfectly. The restaurant is set in one of the only brick buildings in Edinburgh and was once the fishmarket. The fish and chips are perfect, favouring the Scottish taste for haddock, but cod, monkfish and place are in the menu. The homemade curry sauce is a must try as are the crispy crab claws with Vietnamese sauce. Sit-in or takeaway, this taste of the sea next is perfect and others agree, it was just voted as one of the top ten foodies experiences in the world, next to places like Noma!
Helmut Newcake Patisserie, Paris
This is a Coeliac's dream after wondering around the gluten lined streets of Paris peering into boulangeries and patisseries with envy. This only issue you will be faced when stepping into this 100% gluten free Patisserie is overwhelming choice! You could stay all day enjoying pain au chocolate for breakfast, freshly filled baguettes for lunch and an afternoon of eclairs, tarts and cakes!
Mannion and Co Kitchen in Helmsley, North Yorkshire
Sarah W says:
It's a unique bistro and deli with local cheeses and home made cake lining the counter as you walk in. Once seated at our table we had a stunning view of Helmsley Castle, and was quickly served warm soda bread accompanied with truffle butter along with drinks. The set menu is locally sourced, and changes monthly in line with the seasons. October's menu featured beef bourguignon on the bone followed by the most delicious Yorkshire Parkin sat on apple puree, topped with swiss meringue.
Proud Mary, Melbourne
Charles B says:
My October food moment was in Proud Mary, Melbourne. Not only a coffee lovers heaven (they roast their own) but offering twists on all of the good things in life in particular breakfast and brunch. From chocolate French toast to curried scrambled egg roti to breakfast dan dan noodles or a 12hr roast lamb burger. My particular favourite however was the Potato Hash – russet potato hash, poached egg, thick cut bacon, kale salad and bagna cauda with a flat white and cascara shrub on the side! If you find yourself in Melbourne check it out!