My all time favourite meals from across the globe
This is obviously a completely biased and subjective list based on my own experiences, but I thought it would be fun to think back over the best meals I’ve ever had while travelling.
Food is a really big part of why I travel and I love to experience different local dishes as well as different takes of other cuisines. My list covers bargain meals to luxury tasting menus and everything in between.
I’d love to hear about your own foodie travel experiences and your all time best meal.
1.Haven, Siem Reap, Cambodia
I went to Haven when I was in Siem Reap sightseeing in October 2014. This is still hands down the best meal I ever ate in my life. Haven is a social enterprise and training restaurant for vulnerable young adults from orphanages and safe shelters, so eating here is supporting a great cause as well.
I had the fried corn followed by the khmer beef curry and a fresh coconut to drink. It is absolutely delicious and is only going to cost you £10-15. Best to book a table as people know it’s good and it gets very busy.
2. Fiskmarkadurinn, Reykjavik, Iceland
I visited Iceland in March 2016 for a 7 day driving tour (which you can read all about here) and for a first night treat went here for the tasting menu. Not only is this menu delicious and a great introduction to some local ingredients, but it was absolutely beautiful and full of drama.
So many beautiful colours and a course of mussels which came with smoke pouring all around them! Do not miss this if you’re in Reykjavik. They also have a sister restaurant ‘Meat Market’, which I didn’t try but I’m sure it’s worth a taste!
3. Tishan Holiday Resort, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
I stayed here for one night in 2016 when travelling around Sri Lanka for two weeks (you can read my review here). Both the dinner and breakfast here were amazing, but I really want to focus on the dinner.
I had a selection of curries with rice and every single one (I think there were 8!) was amazing, especially the pumpkin curry and the cucumber curry. I recommend staying here just for the food.
4. Bar Pinotxo (stall number 91 in Mercat de la Boqueria), Barcelona, Spain
The food here was excellent, and although not mind-blowing, the combination of the portion sizes and the setting in the middle of a bustling market made it a really memorable meal.
You will have to elbow your way through the queue to get a spot but once you’ve got a seat, indulge in small glasses of beer with your food. You pretty much just get given what the guy has just cooked and he’ll keep serving until you tell him to stop.
5. Trattoria de Fiore, Catania, Italy
Way back in 2007 I was travelling around Sicily. I found this restaurant in my guide book (this was pre looking everything up on a smart phone before you go in). Sounded good in the guidebook so we went, it looked slightly dingy so we nearly decided not to eat to here. I am so glad we decided to stay for lunch. I had the local Sicilian favourite, Spaghetti alla Norma, and it was perfection.
I have no idea if it’s still as good (the reviews I Googled suggest it is!), but worth a punt if you’re in the area. I have no pictures because I ate here during a time when you didn’t take photos of all your food before you ate it (weird, right?)
6. Tartar-ia, Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon, Portugal
A wonderful selection of beautifully fresh tartares are on offer at Tartar-ia in the Timeout Market in Lisbon. I ate so much raw tuna here, it was utterly delicious. The bonus is that once you’re full of tartare, you can wander to one of the neighbouring stalls and eat even more.
6. Sansho, Prague, Czech Republic
I loved eating here as we sat outside on the pavement on a nice summer’s evening watching the sunset. This place does a huuuuge tasting menu. Delicious modern Asian cuisine using local ingredients and with a philosophy of ‘nose-to-tail’ eating. The pork belly with watermelon is to die for and is why its made my all-time list. The soft shell crab was also excellent but I was rather too full by the time it made it’s appearance! Portions here are huge, so pace yourself and arrive hungry.
7. H Resort, Beau Vallon Beach, Seychelles
Continuing the raw fish theme, my boyfriend and I had a private meal on the beach while in the Seychelles. Eating with the sand between your toes is the ultimate in foodie travel experiences and I’m always on the look out for opportunities to eat on the beach. This was made even better by a) being on one of the most beautiful beaches I’d ever seen, and b) the food being totally deliciou. You can get great fish in the Seychelles, especially tuna (it’s also the only thing there that’s cheaper than it is in the UK) so we had piles of poke and tartares to start, followed by a fish main. I’ll always look back on it as one of my most memorable meals.
8. Orkid Ria – Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
I didn’t think I’d be updating this list so soon, but after a mind blowing meal in Langkawi I am forced to add to my list of my best ever meals, making it a top 8, rather than top 7.
This legendary no-frills seafood restaurant just off of Pantai Cenang beach takes your order of fish and shellfish then leads you to the fresh seafood to make your selection by weight.
The butter prawns are out of this world, huge and perfectly cooked with a buttery, cereal mix coating them. The fried rice is impeccable (I had the beef) and gets some garlicky greens to accompany your food.
It’s not cheap due to the quality of the seafood, but still only around £25 per head for more seafood than you can possibly eat.
Service is helpful and efficient, although not exactly cheerful. The place itself is on the shabby side and there are fans rather than aircon in the covered outdoor eating area, but you’re not going to notice once your food arrives. Get stuck in with your hands and thank me later.