The Best of 2015 – Starters

2015 BannerI thought it would be nice to round up 2015 with a few ‘best of’ posts. Starting with starters (obviously!) – these are the dishes we loved, that looked great and tasted great.

1. Pint of Prawns at Taco Taco, served with sriracha mayo, warm tortillas, iceberg & lemon. These prawns, so big and tasty, were some of the best I’ve had.

Pint of Prawns at Taco Taco
Pint of Prawns at Taco Taco

2. Warm smoked haddock, organic leeks, deep fried egg and mustard hollandaise at Campagne was starter perfection…

arm smoked haddock, organic leeks, deep fried egg and mustard hollandaise
Warm smoked haddock, organic leeks, deep fried egg and mustard hollandaise

3. Catalan Shrimp at Pure Spirits in the Distillery District in Toronto. Sitting outside in the sunshine definitely helped but these were so delicious (and yes there’s a seafood trend on the starters!).

Catalan Shrimp at Pure Oyster
Catalan Shrimp at Pure Oyster

4. A nautical setting at the Boathouse in Dromquinna Manor in Kenmare, Co. Kerry is where I found one of the best chowders – described as ‘wild atlantic seafood, garden pea’ – the flavours here were sensational and I loved it.

Seafood Chowder at The Boathouse Bistro
Seafood Chowder at The Boathouse Bistro

5. Scallops at One Pico – Seared Scallops, Sweetcorn, Iberico Ham. A stunningly beautiful dish, it looked fantastic on the red plate, 3 scallops with charred corn and the soft and salty ham just worked perfectly.

Scallops at One Pico
Scallops at One Pico

6. Finally leaving the seafood and shellfish behind… The Charcuterie Board at Ravine Vineyard in St. Davids (Toronto) made for a lovely sharing starter – pickled vegetables, breads, meats, egg, nuts – a gorgeous board which looked fantastic and tasted great.

Charcuterie Board at Ravine Vineyard
Charcuterie Board at Ravine Vineyard

Look out for the next installment of the Best of 2015!