We have always rated restaurant meals by whether they are a “top ten dinner” or not. They’re not particularly in any order, but these are the ten best meals we have eaten over the years:

1) Newton Circus, Singapore Nov 2006 This famous food hawker centre was one of the reasons we wanted to stop in Singapore on our way to Australia. Lucie had been there in 1989, but it had changed quite a lot over the years! We ate chicken and beef satay, poh-piah, enormous prawns and rice and drank Tiger beer and sugar cane juice.

2) Nutters, Rochdale Feb 2006 www.nuttersrestaurant.co.uk  This was our choice for my 40th birthday meal. Everything about it from the service to the food and presentation was top notch. We ate there many times afterwards, but the first visit will always be the best. My cheese plate was served by the legend that is Andrew Nutter himself.

3) Cassis, Ghent Sept 2008 www.restocassis.be  We visited Gent and Bruges for our 10th wedding anniversary. This is memorable for being one of the few places Paul ordered salad – albeit a carpaccio and foie gras one!

4) Pescatore, New York June 2008 www.pescatorerestaurant.com Any meal that starts with a “pink frosty drink” is going to be good – in this case wild strawberry margaritas. Paul wanted the house special seafood pasta, but it was for two. The boss kindly said he’d do a single portion – which came with a bib! I had lobster and asparagus pasta.

5) Coconuts, Fort Lauderdale May 2011 www.coconutsfortlauderdale.com  We stayed in Fort Lauderdale before our Allure of the Seas cruise, and this place was close to our hotel. It was Saturday night and very busy, but it had a great atmosphere; fabulous food. Memorable for the blue crab scoobies and Hallibut cheeks

6) S’Entina, Cadaques Sept 2009 Simply the best Tapas we’ve ever had overlooking the bay.

7) Scoffs, Coffs Harbour Nov 2006 This was a stop off on our drive from Brisbane to Sydney, and there wasn’t much happening on a Sunday night in Coffs. We both had surf and turf, one fillet of beef with lobster, the other chicken with lobster and some of the best homemade garlic bread we’ve ever tasted!

8) L’Auberge du Grilladin, Les Orres March 2009 This was the only restaurant in Les Orres that didn’t require a walk into the main resort of an evening. We ate here a couple of  times during the week we were there, but the best meal was the cote de boeuf cooked over a wood fire we shared on Lucie’s birthday.

9) La Boheme, Waterford May 2009 http://www.labohemerestaurant.ie We stayed in Waterford for the weekend, and this restaurant was the highlight of a very mediocre town. The salted caramel sauce was stunning as was the trio of crab.

10) 150 Central Park, Allure of the Seas May 2011 http://www.royalcaribbeannationofwhynot.com/videos/creating-the-menu-gourmet-options-at-150-central-park The top notch signature restaurant on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the seas. There is a 7 course no-choice tasting menu, and we thoroughly enjoyed it all.

And finally, at number 11, the one that started this whole blog off:

11) Springfort Hall, Mallow Sept 2011 www.springfort-hall.com  Our wedding anniversary meal. Beautiful food, great service and a rather nice lemon posset complements of the chef!

Honourable mentions:

Plataforma Churrascaria, New York June 2008 www.churrascariaplataforma.com

Ice Cube, Darling Harbour, Sydney Nov 2006 www.icecubeseafood.com.au

Hardwood, Cork (now closed)

The Parthenon, Glasgow (now closed)

“The Cliff Top” restaurant in Dominican Republic