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2014 Top Five Favourite Restaurants

Just a few more 2014 Top 5’s to share. Two of my favourite hobbies are eating out and going to new places and I managed to combine that a lot in 2014.

The fact that three of my Top 5 Restaurants are in Miami tells me that I spent a lot of time in the city in 2014 and also that Miami’s restaurant scene, historically listless, is booming.

I was lucky to eat in a number of great places, so I also picked a couple of Honourable Mentions, but firstly these were My 2014 Top 5 Favourite Restaurants:

1) Le Mar, Miami
We had an unforgettable family dinner in this Peruvian restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental in Miami. The food was colourful, scrummy and memorable. Best of all was the attention and geniality of head chef Diego Ora (photo). It was a cracking experience and I haven’t even mentioned the views.

Website: Le Mar

2) Michael’s Genuine, Miami
I ate here twice last year and Michael Schwartz is a genius. Over in the booming Design District of Miami Beach, the restaurant had a real buzz to it and dishes are served in various sizes meant to be shared. The food is seriously good with a playfully interesting menu. Wonderful service and save room for dessert.

Website: Michael’s Genuine

3) Talavera, Scottsdale, Arizona
An arty spin on a steakhouse in the foothills of Scottsdale within the Four Seasons Hotel. The menu was dominated by local flavours, and the beef carpaccio was heavenly. The views also were beautiful.

Website: Talavera

4) Mandolin, Miami
Another Miami Design District gem. This teeny Greek Bistro is housed in a former 1940s home adorably adorned in blue and white with a quaint courtyard at it’s centre. The food was fresh and delicious. Reasonable too. Go for lunch.

Website: Mandolin

5) The Crab, Chieveley, Berkshire
Isolated, on the edge of cornfields near the pretty village of Chieveley, The Crab is an ancient inn where Oliver Cromwell once stayed, as did a big group of us the night before my brother’s wedding day. The unassuming award-winning seafood restaurant was fantastic. The menu may have been a little over elaborate, but the chef killed it.

Website: The Crab

Honourable Mentions: Dulce Patria, Mexico City; Tuna Bianco, Punta Mita; Roka Akor, San Francisco; Bahia, Punta Mita.

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  1. Alan Davis (Davo55 on Charlton Life) #

    Hi – read your positive comments about the Crab restaurant at Chieveley. Just half an hour from where I live so my wife and I going there for dinner on Saturday. Thanks for the recommendation!

    January 12, 2015

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