Top 5 Most Memorable Meals

I was asked recently by a fellow blogger to think of the top 5 most memorable meals I’ve had in my life. Must admit, it’s a toughie, not because I’ve only eaten out a few times (far from it !) but because it’s hard to think of that unique combination of place, who you were with, occasion, location, music, food etc etc. This is not just about having really good food, but that blend of all the things that come together perfectly all at once. Could be a Michelin star restaurant, or fish and chips on Brighton Pier. Either way, there’ll be something that you just remember because it was so perfect at the time.

I ended up thinking of only three that truly stick out in my mind, but I’m sure after I’ve posted this I’ll think of others. Thanks to Mairead for offering up such a challenge !! Anyway, here goes:

1. Oceana, New York. This was our first wedding anniversary and it was during the time that I had a brief spell living in New York. My wife was still working full time so came over for the long weekend. I remember referring to Zagats to find the best seafood restaurant in the whole of Manhattan and we were certainly not disappointed. Absolutely superb.

2. Brown’s, London. Our first long (very long) lunch together and also our first proper date. Took the whole afternoon and I remember everything about it : what we were both wearing, what we ate, even down to remembering the pianist on the grand piano. The start of something life-changing !!

3. XXX, Milan. Can’t remember the name of the restaurant (it’s opposite Prada just near La Duomo) but we were in Milan for my 30th birthday. My wife was pregnant at the time which meant she wasn’t able to enjoy the fine wine (a Pommard if memory serves me correctly). But I just remember thinking how traditional the whole thing was. Copious amounts of waiters in starched suits and waistcoats tending to your every need. And the most incredible food imaginable. Every bit as good as any Michelin starred restaurant I’ve been to.

So, what’s yours ?

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