Welcome to HotDish!
This blog is an index of the best foods I have ever eaten anywhere. I started keeping track so I wouldn’t forget what to order when returning to favourite spots, and so I’d have an easier way to refer friends to truly spectacular places. I prefer writing about specific dishes rather than giving general restaurant recommendations, as even places that have lots of good things on the menu often only have one (or maybe two) things that are really memorable. As a rule, I try not to write about anything that I haven’t eaten at least twice so I can vouch for the quality. I’d love to know if you find something you like. I’d also love to hear about any recommendations you might have, as I travel frequently and am always looking for new places to try.
One of my favourite meals ever was at a three-storey restaurant in Tokyo that I never did find out the name of (as the sign was written in Japanese characters). We were given an English menu that listed some very badly translated examples of what we might be eating, and for every course there was a list of about 7 or 8 possibilities of what those dishes might be based on the chef’s mood. It wasn’t sushi – so I’m not sure if it qualified as an omakaze – but there were a couple of dishes that featured some pretty amazing raw fish.