Taste of London is once again back at Regent’s Park for this weekend (June 20-23). Mr. N and I have gone pretty much every year with our friends. You can spend a nice evening having a pseudo-cocktail party in the park (unless its raining which it did last year).
This year there is a special section devoted to celebrating food from Thailand, including restaurants, street food and cooking demonstration. Check out the cool exotic fruit below:
Taste of London brings together 40 of London’s restaurants, including some highly regarded ones, such as Le Gavroche, Savoy Grill, The Cinnamon Club, and Asia de Cuba. Each restaurant has a select menu of 4 appetiser-sized portions and you can mix and match between restaurants. The variety and quality of food was tremendous. As ever, vegetarian dishes were not as well represented as the fish and meat dishes.
So, what did I try? In the spirit of research, I munched my way through quite a bit of food. I opted for the exotic restaurants (because I’m high maintenance) but you did have a choice of simpler fare.
This dish from the Michelin-starred Tamarind of Mayfair is Kappa Meen which is a traditional fish curry from Kerala made with Kingfish and spices and served with tapioca mash. Although quite spicy, the tapioca toned down some of the hotness, and it was simply delicious. I can also vouch that the taste was authentic – it tasted just like my mother’s version and she is an amazing cook.
My other love is Southern (American) food and so I just had to try the pulled pork shoulder with jalapeno corn bread and coleslaw. This dish came from Barbecoa (one of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants) and it was excellent as well. The barbecue sauce had the right amount of tang and the corn bread melted in your mouth.
Onwards and upwards I thought! I tried a vegetarian dish from Babbo, an Italian restaurant in Mayfair. It was an acquerello risotto with 8 year-aged organic parmesan. The risotto was creamy and the parmesan added a delicious crunch. After the first two dishes, the risotto was very soothing to the palate.
To finish off, there were so many yummy desserts from which to choose. In the end I went with one of my traditional favourites, a macaroon. Bar Boulud, one of the restaurants at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge, was serving macaron ice cream sandwiches with a strawberry-yogurt filling which tasted as good as it looked.
There were lots of other options, a few pictured below and more uploaded to my Facebook page.
The Taste of London showcases not only food but also wine tastings, a food market and cookery demonstrations.
I opted for the champagne and wine. Lots of people, however, seemed to like the pina colada in a pineapple.
If you are in London and a foodie, I would recommend going to Taste of London. Let me know if you do and what you tried! I’ll make sure it’s on my radar for next year.