What were your top 5 dishes / bites / plates in 2023?

Did you make a recipe you’ve never made before, and it wowed you to no end? Or was it a restaurant meal / plate / dish so memorable that you can practically taste it?

TBH the OG title was only 3 dishes, but I found even choosing just 5 difficult :crazy_face:

Here are mine, in no particular order:

Hiramasa / pistachio butter / grapefruit at Vernick Food & Drink

Pappardelle ai funghi porcini from my kitchen in Berlin (best dish this summer, as per my PIC :blush:)

Sourdough bread from a tiny market stand in Berlin so good it was the only bread we bought all summer :grin:

Spicy garlic shrimp from Jenny’s shrimp truck on the north shore of O’ahu :heart_eyes:

Lohikeitto inspired by @MunchkinRedux over on WFD

Curious to see your most scrumptious, mouthwatering, delectable digestibles of the year!


Maybe I shoulda limited to 3 dishes after all :grimacing: :smiley:

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Food highlights of the year were all from my weekend in Montreal
Jambon de la petite Bourgogne at La Vin Papillon
Nordic shrimp and cucumber at Foxy
Warm chocolate/hazelnut madeleines w/chocolate mousse from Le vin Papillon
Garganelli pasta with guinea fowl meatballs at Nora Grey
Tasting menu at Cabaret Lenfer


Nordic shrimp and cucumber Foxy


I musta been one lucky bish to have enjoyed so many memorably delicious dishes this year that I had trouble even narrowing it down to 5.

Here’s wishing all you HOs the same luck for 2024 :wink: :kissing_heart: :crossed_fingers:


My contribution: I started with three and had to add a few more.

• The Mushroom Gratinee at Harwood House restaurant, Quinn’s Resort,
Paradise, Montana
• Hot crab sandwiches and crab quiche made with the last of the frozen
crab at home
• Sticky toffee pudding from the Stone of Accord, Missoula, Montana
• Lamb chop bake at home


I mostly cook at home, so memorable meals out are few and far between.

But any duck breast I’ve made this year have come out spectacularly. And I’ll make the last one tomorrow night. So that probably comes in at my Number 1.

A good Fettuccine Carbonara is in the mix, as is a perfectly roasted chicken with creamy mashed potatoes.

Steak tips are also up there, with a half baked potato with TPSTOB&SC.


In my home town Rotterdam, in the Netherlands Western Europe, I had two standout meals this year. Also they are two of my favourite restaurants.

One Michelin star Zeezout with a very good tasting menu, and then a few weeks ago newcomer River Bar, where their home made vanilla ice cream was phenomenal. I’ve been going to River Bar a lot since it opened earlier and had some of my best food there this year - I also remember a great steak, raw tuna tartare, and Gillardeau oysters (which I can also buy myself…).

Then in New York (10 days of eating including at 1 Michelin star Le Pavillon, which was my most disappointing meal) 2 months later all I crave now is to taste that smash burger again at 7th Street Burger.

And then of course an earlier trip to Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia. Wonderful prawns in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, great salads with roast pork and several fish dishes in Phuket, and Hong Kong black bean sauce clams.


Had some great meals this year, but two basics stand out in 2023 for me: nam yang noodles and indian(US) fry bread. I’ve made these two things with all kinds of twists, and still pumping them out.


Your papardelle ai funghi looks wonderful! What makes it especially worthy on your Top 5?

I also had trouble narrowing down to 5. I’ll list in chronologic order.

  • Veggie ramen at Kaiju, Washington DC. Wonderfully rich and creamy made this veggie version feel not like an afterthought or a concession. Lots of neon in there, which makes for weirdly-red photos.

  • Pork cutlet sandwich/pork and potatoes platter at Bar Chicho, Arafo, Tenerife. I don’t even meat and these humble dishes wowed me (they are essentially the same dish so I’ve lumped them together).

  • Fish and chips at Fiskhallen, Thyborøn, Denmark. Enormous, and both elements were perfectly fried.

*Katsu at Toki Doki, located at Tofino Brewing Co., Vancouver Island. I think my experience with the pork sandwich on Tenerife did something to me. Second pork dish I’m listing. Haven’t had any since – guess I got my fill for the year.

  • Honorable mention #1: Wild mushroom tacos at Xaco Taco, Providence RI. The most umami-filled tacos that I have had in recent experience.

  • Honorable mention #2: Gold ingot dessert at La Escala, Santa Cruz, Tenerife. I don’t eat desserts and even I liked this - it must have been freeze-dried so every bite just melted wonderfully in the mouth. Not too sweet, either.


It was just the perfect plate of porcini pasta, what can I say?

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What a fabulous culinary adventure! A friend will be spending a semester in HK in '25, and we plan to visit - hopefully with a detour to Singapore on our return… but those eggs are far from being laid :slight_smile:


I’ll play, too! 2023 was a year of returning to favorite places, which you gotta know makes me biased.

Crazy spicy mushroom dish at Cong Tu Bot in Portland, Maine. I don’t have the right words to do this justice, so I’ll quote the menu description: ““NẤM NƯỚC MIẾNG” aka “Mouthwatering Mushrooms” w/ dry fried mushrooms, red-eye brown sauce, pickled bean sprout, puffed rice, sesame, cilantro, chili oil”

Cooking on summer vacation in Harpswell, Maine, there was this buttery crabmeat linguine. The crabmeat did all the work so I can’t claim credit. (Did I deconstruct a crabmeat roll from Erica’s Seafood to get the crabmeat? Ssshhh, let that be our secret.)

We got back to Woodman’s in Essex, Massachusetts for a heaping plate of full belly clams and my favorite onion rings of all the onion rings ever.

We were very, very lucky to be able to visit friends in Italy for the first time since 2019. Made it to the town’s annual truffle fair. Everyone can get a taste of truffle very affordably at the open air lunch. You can even bring your own wine. On the table are eggs topped with truffle, toasts with truffled cheese, and local agnolotti pasta with truffle.

Also in the second half of the year I made a slow and steady return to more home cooking (after a stubborn shoulder injury earlier in the year cramped my style). This Thai red curry—plus finally visiting one of the Asian markets I hadn’t been to yet—has given me the spark to try preparing dishes I have not made before.


Fabulous bites/meal contenders all around. That mushroom dish in particular is aptly named! :drooling_face:

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@linguafood, thank you for the opportunity to go back and reflect on the year we’ve had. Looking at things through a lens of gratitude is good stuff, which is what this did for me.


It’s easy to forget all the good stuff in a year that’s not been the greatest for many of us. I am consistently trying to be better at that. Next year! :wink:


I’ve had these guys on my mental to-do list for-evah. Gotta do something about that in 2024.

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I also haven’t been eating in restaurants this year, except outdoors and takeaway. I’ve also been leaning towards simplicity in my home cooking and at restaurants. So, for restaurants:

-New York style pepperoni pizza slices at Pizzeria Da Laura in Berkeley, CA, very thin crust, nice char, traditional grease-filled pepperoni cups.
-The thick, properly medium rare hamburger and crisp seasoned fries at Cali Alley in Berkeley.
-Pastrami on soft house-made rye, at Delirama in Berkeley.

At home:
-Several types of artisan sausage (lamb and rosemary, garlic and thyme, smoked duck) from the butcher counter at Berkeley Bowl West, with mash
-Fresh ramen noodles from Tokyo Fish in Berkeley, with sous-vide poached salmon and shrimp, snap peas, asparagus, quick broth, toasted sesame oil. A once-a-week lunch favorite.
-Calamari quick-simmered in fresh Roma tomato sauce with garlic and oregano, over farfalle
-Spaghetti carbonara with bay scallops, a weekly dinner favorite


Well said!!! Without further ado.

  1. Uni and rice.

  1. Pork spareribs and bitter gourd on rice.

  1. Ate alot of noodles this year, hard to choose. I’ll go with Hong Kong WonTon mein.

  1. A very satisfying bunch of seafood from a working wholesale fish market. Open to the public on weekends.

  1. Breakfast of champions.