i always thought that the uk press is miles behind what's on the internet when it comes to food discussion, recipes, restaurants, you tube videos etc. but this months dosage of anachronism also managed to irritate: in an article called "the best place in the world to eat ...", the author killian fox, assisted by several big names, identifies where the best strawberry tart, hamburger, leg of beef etc in the world is served.
the best place in the world to eat vegetarian indian food is apparently idli sambhar at sagar ratna in delhi. really?! what a category - in that case, why isn't there a best place in the world to eat non-vegetarian european food? and if there were such a nonsensical category, imagine if the answer were "tagliatelle bolognese at the checkered italian in glasgow".
the best place to eat kebabs - bade miya in mumbai? after i got up back off the floor, stomach hurting with laughter, i thought it worth while pointing out that a) bade miya was good in the 1970's b) 'good' relatively speaking for the price and the fact that very little was open at 2 a.m. c) bade miya himself has probably shuffled of this mortal coil a while back d) once the wanna bes discovered this late night student/hippy hangout it was all over - in 1980. its now a tourist mecca with VERY ordinary fare.
seriously, the delhi darbar has infinitely better and tastier kebabs - and no worries about the provenance of the meat either. it just isn't open that late.
finally, the best place to buy olive oil is ... roll of drums ... from an electricians shop in london. someone worked really hard on this one.