The best food in the world is always being reinvented by chefs looking to surprise diners with something new, unique, and delicious. So what are the best restaurant dishes of 2022? Here are ten of our picks to get you started, including some from diverse and interesting cuisines around the world like Indian, Italian, and American to name just a few.
10. Spicy Tuna Roll
Fish roe, otherwise known as salmon caviar, was popularized in Japanese cuisine, and with the rise in the popularity of fish, and eggs came other types including squid, squid eggs, and tuna. Spicy tuna rolls are one of America’s most popular rolls, but it has been given a makeover in recent years as chefs have experimented with spicy sauces that differ from restaurant to restaurant.
Expect to see more restaurants adopt a spicy flavor profile when it comes to making sushi rolls or even fusion rolls such as combining Asian flavors with Mexican cuisine. In particular, though, look for spicy tuna sauce to become much more prevalent amongst today’s Asian restaurants as well as traditional American diners like Applebee’s and Outback Steakhouse.
9. Chicken Tikka Masala
The American classic has undergone a lot of evolution over its lifetime, but as far as Indian cuisine goes, there’s a good chance it will have Chicken Tikka Masala. With its creamy tomato and chicken sauce base, tender pieces of meat, and just-spicy enough chilies to give your mouth a little heat that quickly warms up into an all-over warmth, it’s a dish that offers everything you want in an Indian dish.
8. Sushi Pizza
According to Chinese restaurant chain Wang Steak, sushi pizza is a hit in that part of Asia, so we are guessing it will be a hit everywhere else too. At least for 2022.
7. Roasted Pork
This Southern Chinese dish is made with slow-roasted pork belly, preserved vegetables, and spices in a sour broth. It’s typically served over rice and topped with cilantro and green onions. The flavourful broth and tender meat are key to winning over any foodie—be it in 2022 or right now.
Most restaurants will serve it as either a large bowl or a small plate, as smaller portions don’t yield enough soup to be satisfying. As pork belly becomes more popular (and more accessible), you might find that some places will offer an option for boneless roasted pork belly—which will make things easier if you’re not feeling like gnawing off bones at dinner time!
6. Thai Curry
Thai Curry is an amalgamation of Indian, Chinese, and Malay dishes. The broth’s sweet-spicy flavor is generated by adding a bit of red Thai curry paste to coconut milk, after which other ingredients such as fish or chicken are added for extra flavor.
The consistency may be thin (similar to the soup) or thick (similar to stew). For example, Siam@Siam Thai Cuisine’s Pork Rendang – [The dish] …consists of pork leg cooked in rich fragrant red curry with kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass. Peanuts add texture while potatoes add substance and sweetness to balance out the salty seasoning.
5. Street Tacos
Street tacos are exploding in popularity. Tacos may have humble origins, but nowadays, tacos are no longer a meal relegated to Tuesday nights. They’re also not just served on street corners, which is where they got their name.
Today’s most popular taquerias are actually fine-dining restaurants that use simple ingredients with amazing combinations and presentations to create a one-of-kind dish—and it’s catching on across America: Nearly 40 percent of American diners say they’ve eaten at a casual Mexican restaurant in the past six months (according to NPD), and experts expect street tacos to be even more popular over the next few years.
4. Cauliflower Steak
Italian-American dishes are known for their heft, whether served over pasta or layered with cheese. That’s not going to fly in 2022 when chefs will want diners to feel full but not sluggish at the end of a meal. Cauliflower steaks, from Chef Traci Des Jardins and included in our list as one of the 10 best restaurant dishes, are a slimmed-down spin on beef with all its protein and satisfying crunch intact.
As each bite is cut away from a giant head of cauliflower, one can envision smaller steaks being sliced off an actual steer—and getting an entire week’s worth of vegetable servings in one sitting. In fact, cauliflower steak contains five times more vitamin C than an orange!
3. Matcha Tiramisu
This delectable matcha tiramisu is made up of matcha-soaked ladyfingers stacked with a light and airy mascarpone custard filling and overflowing with powerful matcha flavors. It’s a traditional tiramisu with a Japanese twist!
2. New York Cheesecake
The world has fallen in love with Neapolitan pizza, and a visit to Naples is required for any serious food lover. The three-hour flight (or longer if you’re coming from North America) might be daunting at first, but it’s well worth it—if only to enjoy one meal at Da Michele, considered by many to be Italy’s best pizzeria.
But don’t let your lack of time keep you from enjoying another iconic Italian dish: New York cheesecake. Made famous by Lindy’s Deli in New York City in 1925, we can thank a Jewish baker named Harry O’Reilly for the popular treat.
1. Gluten-Free Mushroom Burger
The popularity of wheat-free diets is on a steady incline, but it’s taken an Italian restaurant to pioneer a completely gluten-free patty. Instead of beef or even soy, Chef Salvatore Marcellino has created a mouthwatering vegan burger by combining mushrooms with rice flour and Japanese konjac noodles.
The result is nearly indistinguishable from traditional burgers—but without any actual beef! It may sound odd at first, but diners are going crazy for it. People are just wild about it, Marcellino said. It’s like nothing else out there. Get ready for your favorite meatless burger to be joined by its protein-packed cousin in 10 years’ time.