Our Favourite Meals of the Year

The WestJet Magazine teams shares their favourite dining experiences of 2015

From Cancun to Glasgow, and from London to Las Vegas, our editorial team has dined at some of the best restaurants around. Below we share a few standouts.

Bazaar Meat, Las Vegas

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In the foodie’s paradise that is Las Vegas, I had many incredible meals. One of my favourites was Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at the SLS Las Vegas, which, for anyone who knows me, is surprising because I tend to steer clear of most meat. But Bazaar made a believer out of me with amazing dishes like its classic beef tartare, wild boar sausage and wagyu beef cheeks—yeah, I really went for it. Plus, I loved the incredibly chic space and refreshing cocktails. —Sara Samson, senior assistant editor

Duck & Waffle, London

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Photo by Steve Collins

My most memorable dining experience of 2015 was at Duck & Waffle, on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower in London's Bishopsgate. The spectacular city views—it's the highest restaurant in the UK—are rivaled only by award-winning Executive Chef Daniel Doherty’s playful small plate and sharing menu. Try the tuna with watermelon, balsamic and basil, set atop a pink Himalayan salt block. A quick swirl of the tuna on the salt block adds the perfect kick of seasoning for a taste bud extravaganza! —Diane Bolt, assistant editor

Wolf in the Fog, Tofino and Ox and Finch, Glasgow

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Photo by Christopher Pouget photography

After having had the privilege of dining at some very special places this year, it's difficult to choose just one. So, I’m going with two. The first is Wolf in the Fog, in Tofino, B.C. Everything I tasted at this hip, laid-back West Coast spot was exquisite and unique—from the Cedar Sour cocktail (with cedar-infused rye) and playful potato-crusted oyster starter to the perfectly spiced Spanish Bombshell seafood entrée.   

The second standout was Ox and Finch, in Glasgow's trendy Finnieston neighbourhood. I loved the feel of this place, with its urban-rustic decor and creative yet approachable (and affordable!) tapas-style menu. This spot is fine dining made accessible and fun. Be sure to try the braised pork cheeks with smoked polenta. Incredible.  —Jill Foran, editor

Tempo by Martin Berasategui, Cancun

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My experience at Tempo by Martin Berasategui at Paradisus Cancun was a culinary dream. It's the only restaurant not part of the all-inclusive, which means anyone can feast on a nine-course tasting menu created by the famous Spanish chef for about US$100. White-gloved waiters served us artfully plated dishes with ingredients like puréed violet potatoes and succulent cuts of red beef paired with delicious wines. And an extra special touch—each lady left with a long-stemmed rose. —Alyssa Quirico, editorial assistant