The Inaugural Sam Khok Awards
Best crème brûlée: L’Eléphant Restaurant, Luang Prabang, Laos. De noix de coco crème brûlée et de la banane. Or something like that. It was even better than it sounds.
Best Goat: Goat satay at Bogor, Indonesia. Try it anywhere in the city. You won’t go wrong with kambing.
The selection committee is not generally a fan of buffets, but is awarding three special awards recognizing exceptional buffet-style food this year:
- Best Southern-style buffet: Augusta National Golf Club. April. Dogwoods and pines. Play on my mind, like a song. And so does the food.
- Best Indian buffet: Whoever catered the wedding reception I went to last Tuesday night in New Dehli.
- Best airport lounge buffet: Lufthansa Senator Lounge München. Meatloaf. Draft beer. Campari soda. Fine wines. A focused menu, well-prepared, and changing every few hours. I know because I spent most of a day there.
Best Chippie: Anstruther Fish Bar, Fife. This comes as no surprise, certainly, for this acclaimed restaurant is often lauded as the “Best of Britain”.
Best Kulfi: Willingdon Sports Club, Mumbai. If you don’t believe me, please go to Mumbai and try it. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Best Cheese Selection: Wine & Cheese Christmas Party at Manila Polo Club. Walang katulad.
Best plate lunch: Loco moco at Lanai. May I recommend it for breakfast? Auurrite.
Best lechon baboy: I’m a bit sentimental here, but I can’t forget the taste of the lechon baboy at Fairways and Bluewater on the morning of 14 November. It tasted like victory.
Best lager: A tinnie of warm Stella at the cricket in Hampshire. Capital game — smart sport — fine exercise — very.