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The Food Geek Awards – 2014
The Third Annual Food Geek Awards...

The Food Geek Awards – 2014

Are we all bored of Top Ten lists yet? Me too, but that’s not going to stop me doing my own. At least my ‘Awards’ are a little different; most are just a list of three – Bronze, Silver & Gold if you like – although a few of them I just couldn’t narrow down so contain five.

There have been a few changes from previous years too. After overindulging on fine dining and Michelin stars for the past few years I took a bit of a step back in 2014 and spent a lot more time in more casual places, as well as street food events and supper clubs. As a result, some of the awards have been removed and several new ones added to reflect this.

Finally, as I said last year, please remember that these awards are just a bit of fun. They’re based purely on my dining experiences in 2014, nothing more.

Best Restaurant Awards

Best Casual Dining Restaurant

Best Casual Dining Restaurant

Best 'Gastropub'

Best 'Gastropub'

Best 'International Cuisine' Restaurant

Best 'International Cuisine' Restaurant

5th: Nkono, Bolton Market
4th: Bone Daddies Ramen Bar, London
3rd: Gymkhana, London
2nd, Mughli, Manchester

1st: A.Wong, London
A.Wong

Best Value Restaurant

Best Value Restaurant

5th: I Am Pho
4th: Panchos Burrito
3rd: Splendid Sausage Co
2nd: Viet Shack

1st: A.Wong, London
A.Wong

Best Service

Best Service

3rd: Bone Daddies Ramen Bar, London
2nd: Van Zeller, Harrogate (Review coming soon)

1st: Sticky Walnut, Chester
Sticky Walnut

Best Tasting Menu

Best Tasting Menu

3rd: The Lord Clyde, Kerridge
2nd: Van Zeller, Harrogate (Review coming soon)

1st: Mughli & Clyde, Rusholme
Mughli & Clyde

Best Restaurant/Overall Dining Experience

Best Restaurant/Overall Dining Experience

5th: Van Zeller, Harrogate (Review coming soon)
4th: Parkers Arms, Newton-in-Bowland
3rd: Mughli & Clyde, Rusholme
2nd: A.Wong, London

1st: Sticky Walnut, Chester
Sticky Walnut

Best Dish Awards

Best Burger

Best Burger

5th: Donut Burger (Reds True Barbecue)
4th: Food Geek’s ‘Great Ale’ Burger (Great Ale, Year Round)
3rd: Parkers Slider (Parkers Arms)
2nd: Walk Of Shame (Solita Didsbury)

1st: Hong Kong Philly (Almost Famous NQ)
Hong Kong Philly

Best Cocktail (In A Restaurant)

Best Cocktail (In A Restaurant)

3rd: Dirty Beets (Norse)
2nd: Silver Sayb (Mughli & Clyde)

1st: In Light of India (Gymkhana)

In Light of India @ Gymkhana

Best Bread

Best Bread

3rd: Sourdough Tandoori Naan (Mughli & Clyde)
2nd: Sourdough (The Lord Clyde)

1st: Rosemary and Thyme Focaccia (Sticky Walnut)
Rosemary and Thyme Focaccia

Best Side Dish / Snack

Best Side Dish / Snack

3rd: ‘Onion Bhaji’ (Mughli & Clyde)
2nd: Skins (Parkers Arms)

1st: Chorittos (Almost Famous)
Chorittos

Best Small Plate (Starter/Tapas/Dim Sum)

Best Small Plate (Starter/Tapas/Dim Sum)

5th: Hand Dived Scallops & Pork Belly (The River Bar & Grill)
4th: Cheeseburger Spring Rolls (Solita)
3rd: Gobi Fry (Mughli)
2nd: Crab, Seafood & Bean Curd Cannelloni (Cheung Fun) (A.Wong)

1st: Crispy Lamb’s Tongue (Sticky Walnut)
Crispy Lamb's Tongue

Best Main Course

Best Main Course

5th: Côte de Boeuf (Côte Brasserie)
4th: Chargrilled Rump Of Lamb, Green Beans, Pearl Barley, Dressing (Sticky Walnut)
3rd: Chana Daal Gosht (Mughli)
2nd: The Pudding (Beef & Pudding)

1st: Mackerel, Potato & Spring Green Salad, Roasted Rhubarb (Parkers Arms)
Mackerel, Potato & Spring Green Salad, Roasted Rhubarb

Best Tasting Menu Dish: Savoury

Best Tasting Menu Dish: Savoury

5th: Braised Pig Cheek (Norse)
4th: Gunpowder Scallop (Mughli & Clyde)
3rd: Kid Goat Methi Keema, Salli, Pao (Gymkhana)
2nd: Pigs Head – Agen Prune Puree (Van Zeller)

1st: ‘Mixed Vegetables’ (Mughli & Clyde)
Mixed Vegetables

Best Dessert

Best Dessert

5th: Nutella & Mascarpone Calzone (Gusto Manchester)
4th: Valrhona Chocolate Pot (Parkers Arms)
3rd: Blackberry & Almond Tart (Sticky Walnut)
2nd: Mango Phirni (Ziya Asian Grill)

1st: Tobacco Smoked Banana, Nut Crumble, Chocolate, Soy Caramel (A.Wong)
Tobacco Smoked Banana, Nut Crumble, Chocolate, Soy Caramel @ A.Wong
Photo credit: HungerJams

Best Tasting Menu Dish: Sweet

Best Tasting Menu Dish: Sweet

5th: Mirabelle – Puffed Rice Muesli & Chocolate (Van Zeller)
4th: Lemon Meringue Pie (The Lord Clyde)
3rd: Whiskey & Passion Fruit Sour (Ox Pasture Hall)
2nd: ‘Ananas Crumble’ (Mughli & Clyde)

1st: Frangipane – Pear, Nougat & Bay (Van Zeller)
Frangipane - Pear, Nougat & Bay, Van Zeller

Best Cheese Board

Best Cheese Board

Street Food Awards

Best Street Food Event

Best Street Food Event

5th: Friday Food Fight – The Cook Off
4th: Guerilla Eats Xmas Beer Bash
3rd: Arepa! Kitchen Takeover, BrewDog Manchester
2nd: Moretti Gran Tour, Old Granada Studios

1st: Street Feast, Dalston Yard
Yorkshire Cheese Board

Best Street Food Dish

Best Street Food Dish

5th: Pimms & Lemonade Trifle (Sugar Rush Gals @ Friday Food Fight)
4th: Chicken Rendang (Ning @ Friday Food Fight)
3rd: Frijoles y Queso (Arepa! Kitchen Takeover @ BrewDog Manchester)
2nd: Slow Braised Pork Shoulder Gnocchi (Pasta e Basta @ Moretti Gran Tour)

1st: Pork Bun (Yum Bun @ Street Feast)
Yorkshire Cheese Board

Best Street Food Burger

Best Street Food Burger

3rd: Bacon Cheeseburger (Bleecker St. Burger @ Street Feast)
2nd: Jerk Chicken Sandwich (Love From The Streets @ Friday Food Fight)

1st: Shmokey Jo (Mumma Schnitzel @ Friday Food Fight)
Shmokey Jo

Best Street Food Pizza

Best Street Food Pizza

5th: Anchovy & Chilli Overload (Food Geek & @brazly / Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza @ Franco’s Bonfire Party)
4th: Nduja Special (Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza @ Guerilla Eats Xmas Beer Bash)
3rd: Margherita (Pizza Pilgrims @ Moretti Gran Tour)
2nd: Atomica (Honest Crust @ Friday Food Fight)

1st: Nduja (Pizza Pilgrims @ Street Feast)
Pizza Pilgrims Nduja

Supper Club Awards

Best Supper Club

Best Supper Club

5th: Middle Eastern Supper Club (Chicken Soup For The Soul)
4th: Liz’s Deep South Feast (Drunken Butcher)
3rd: An American Feast (Manchester Foodies)
2nd: Around The World In 8ish Steaks (Drunken Butcher)

1st: Menu De Degustacion (Manchester Foodies)
Yorkshire Cheese Board

Best Supper Club Cocktail

Best Supper Club Cocktail

3rd: Gin-Tonic (Manchester Foodies, Menu de Degustacion)
2nd: Pomegranate Cosmopolitan (Chicken Soup For The Soul)

1st: Guayaba (Arepa! Colombian Classics)

Guayaba

Best Supper Club Snack / Side

Best Supper Club Snack / Side

5th: Cabbage & Cashew Slaw (Chicken Soup For The Soul)
4th: Para Picar with Guacamole (Arepa! @ Trove)
3rd: Bacon Wrapped Onions (Drunken Butcher)
2nd: Mac N Cheese (Manchester Foodies, An American Feast)

1st: Fried Pickles (Drunken Butcher, Liz’s Deep South Feast)
Fried Pickles

Best Supper Club Starter

Best Supper Club Starter

5th: Deep Fried Onion Soup (Drunken Butcher, Game Of Bones)
4th: Coctel De Camarones (Arepa! Columbian Classics)
3rd: Lobster Mac N Cheese (Drunken Butcher’s Christmas Party)
2nd: Homemade Mini Mac Sliders (Manchester Foodies, An American Feast)

1st: Aloo Tikki Chaat (The Spice Club Popup)
Aloo Tikki Chaat

Best Supper Club Main Course

Best Supper Club Main Course

5th: Steak & Guinness Pie (Drunken Butcher, Around The World In 8ish Steaks)
4th: Sambal Petai & Udang (Malaysia Kitchen Supper Club)
3rd: Beer Bo Ssam (Drunken Butcher, Over (and under) A Barrel)
2nd: Dal Makhni (The Spice Club Popup)

1st: Tamales de Pipián (Arepa!, Trove)
Tamalesde Pipian - Arepa

Best Supper Club Dessert

Best Supper Club Dessert

5th: Panelita (Arepa! Columbian Classics)
4th: Lemon Posset & Lardy Cake (Drunken Butcher, Game Of Bones)
3rd: Seri Muka (Malaysia Kitchen Supper Club)
2nd: Mango Malai (The Spice Club Popup)

1st: Leche Frita (Manchester Foodies, Menu De Degustacion)
Leche Frita

Worst Of Awards

Worst Dish

Worst Dish

3rd: Saffron Pistachio Kulfi Falooda (Gymkhana)
2nd: Vattayappam Fudge Cake (Kayal)

1st: Thai Chicken Rice Box (Wahu)
Leche Frita

Worst Overall Experience

Worst Overall Experience

1st: Wahu
Leche Frita

So that’s what I thought of 2014.

Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below…

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