Around the World: 20 Best Dishes of 2011!

Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Madrid, Singapore, Hangzhou, Playa del Carmen… a world of amazing meals. And here are the 20 best dishes of the year…


Tuna crudo with tomato granita at Cocina de Autor, Playa del Carmen (Brad A. Johnson)

1. Cocina de Autor, Playa del Carmen
Albacore tuna crudo with tomato granita, soy sponge, guacamole, cactus and cucumber. Grand Velas Resort. Carretera Cancun 62, Playa del Carmen, Mexico (866) 230-7221


Sea urchin and ebi at Waku Ghin, Singapore (Brad A. Johnson)

2. Waku Ghin, Singapore
Live sea urchin and marinated botan ebi (live prawns) with ossetra caviar. Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Casino L2, Singapore, +65-6688-8507


Chinese barbecue at Lung King Heen, Hong Kong (Brad A. Johnson)

3. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong
Chinese barbecue trio: pork, duck and goose. Four Seasons, 8 Finance St., Central, Hong Kong, +852-3196-8888


Chocolate “fish bowl” at Club Allard, Madrid (Brad A. Johnson)

4. Club Allard, Madrid
Fish bowl dessert (incredible white and dark chocolate masquerading as life inside a goldfish bowl). Calle Ferraz 2, Madrid, Spain, +34 (915) 590-939


Striped bass ceviche at Gotham Bar & Grill, New York (Brad A. Johnson)

5. Gotham Bar & Grill, New York
Ceviche of striped bass with pineapple, onion and peppers. 12 E. 12th St., New York, NY, (212) 620-4020


Mesquite-smoked tuna at 1826, San Miguel de Allende (Brad A. Johnson)

6. Restaurante 1826, San Miguel de Allende
Mesquite-smoked tuna with pigweed, caramelized onion and butternut squash puree. Rosewood San Miguel, Nemesio Diez 11, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


Stuffed Dover sole at Ria, Chicago (Brad A. Johnson)

7. Ria, Chicago
Dover sole stuffed with mushroom duxelles, with a crust of fine herbs, in a sauce of chanterelle mushrooms and cream. The Elysian, 11 East Walton, (312) 880-4400

8. Manhattan Beach Post, Manhattan Beach
Lentil soup with shrimp, homemade yogurt, mint and chorizo. 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA, 310.545.5405


Prawn with chorizo powder at The Restaurant, Los Cabos (Brad A. Johnson)

9. The Restaurant at Las Ventanas, Los Cabos
Garlic marinated prawn with guajillo chile and chorizo powder. Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Carreteras Transpeninsular 19.5, Los Cabos, Mexico, +52 (624) 124-2800

10. The Spice Table, Los Angeles
Fatty lamb belly satay, cooked on the wood-burning grill, covered in char. 114 S. Central Ave., L.A., 213.620.1840


Garlic-fried lobster at Shun Kee, Hong Kong (Brad A. Johnson)

11. Shun Kee, Hong Kong
Wok-fried lobster with mountains of garlic and chillies. Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong

12. Foreign & Domestic, Austin
Duck-fat fried chicken served with goat-heart red-eye gravy and buttermilk biscuits. 306 E. 53rd St., (512) 459-1010


Lobster salad at Frida, Playa del Carmen (Brad A. Johnson)

13. Frida, Playa del Carmen
Mexican lobster salad with cotija cheese, heirloom tomatoes, cactus flowers, chopped peanuts and basil oil. Grand Velas Resort. Carretera Cancun 62, Playa del Carmen, (866) 230-7221


Sea bass with ham hock at NoMi, Chicago (Brad A. Johnson)

14. NoMi, Chicago
Pan-roasted sea bass with ham hock, lentils and chicken jus. Park Hyatt, 800 N. Michigan Ave., (312) 239-4030


Scallops and black truffles at Patina, Los Angeles (Brad A. Johnson)

15. Patina, Los Angeles
Seared diver-harvested sea scallops with potato terrine, sea beans and parsley jus. 141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 972-3331


Ancho chile stuffed with guava mousse at La Marea, Playa del Carmen (Brad A. Johnson)

16. La Marea, Playa del Carmen
Best dessert of the year: ancho chile marinated in anise syrup and stuffed with guava mousse, served with dulce de leche ice cream. The Tides, Playa Xcalacoco Frac 7, Playa del Carmen, +52-984-877-3000



Dan-dan dumplings and ginger chicken at Jin Sha, Hangzhou (Brad A. Johnson)

17. Jin Sha, Hangzhou
Ginger chicken and spicy dan-dan dumplings. Four Seasons at West Lake, 5 Lingyin Road, Hangzhou, China, +86 (571) 8829-8888


Mushroom risotto at Arce, Madrid (Brad A. Johnson)

18. Arce, Madrid
A simple, old-school cepe mushroom risotto with Spanish cheese and wine. Calle Ferraz 2, +34 (915) 590-939

19. 100 Century Avenue, Shanghai
Szechuan stir-fried chicken with mountains of tongue-numbing szechuan peppercorns and lip-blistering szechuan red chillies. Park Hyatt, 100 Century Ave., 91st floor, Shanghai, China, +86 (21) 6888-1234 ext. 4559


20. Ray’s & Stark Bar, Los Angeles
The biggest, most decadent piece of braised pork belly ever known to mankind. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., (323) 857-6180


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