The 2014 Fizz of Life Bakunalian Awards

This is the time of year for retrospectives, the best of the old year, the worst of the old year, what shook the world and what delighted it, who married, won awards and who passed away. On Facebook, almost all my friends post a review vignette of their year, thanking their friends for being part of it. We wave goodbye to the old, sing Auld Lang Syne, wipe our slates clean, make resolutions and then welcome in the new. Here now, on the cusp of 2015, I, too, have looked back over my year of eating in Baku and am listing for you my favourite places. As we all know, the food, the vibe and the service at any one place can change completely from one day to the next in Baku, so naturally, these are very subjective choices and please bear in mind, that there are endless wonderful restaurants and cafes I haven’t even had the chance to visit yet. I have heard excellent reports about Entrée, The Bumble Bee Cafe, Gunaydin and Sumac, to name just a few, all of which will be reviewed in 2015. Unfortunately, word has also reached me that the service at Paul’s Bakery and at the brand new Baku Café have sadly lately gone downhill. Then again, by the time I revisit, they will hopefully have improved again.

So, my Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen, now without further ado, here’s my personal list of Baku’s Best:

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And the ALL OUT WINNER of the 2014 FIZZ OF LIFE BAKUNALIAN AWARDS is:

EVDE,  City and Amburan Beach

For exquisite food, great ambience and style and superb service

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The 2014 FIZZ OF LIFE DINNER DATE AWARDS go to, in order of preference:

Evde ( jointly City and Amburan Beach) – Now with a new Chef

Da Massimo

Buddha Bar

Pasifico

Scalini

Zafferano

Paris Bistro

Chinar

The 2014 FIZZ OF LIFE INFORMAL DINING AWARDS go to, in order of preference:

 Paul’s Steak and Rock Bar

Beyrut – has moved to new location

RnB Café

Vapiano

Tosca

The Brewery

The 2014 FIZZ OF LIFE LUNCH VENUE AWARDS, in order of preference, go to:

Paris Bistro

Zest

Vapiano

Movida

Masu

The 2014 FIZZ OF LIFE COSY COFFEE AND SNACK VENUE AWARDS, in order of preference, go to:

Casual Brasserie

Café Bisque – now closed

The Baku Roasting Company

The 2014 FIZZ OF LIFE OUTSTANDING CHEESECAKE AWARD goes to:

The Baku Roasting Company

The 2014 FIZZ OF LIFE SPECIAL CULINARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD goes to:

Jihad, the Falafel Man on Qogol Street

As always, I am very interested in your perspective and very much invite and welcome your comments!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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