For foodies in London, the Taste of London is a fun event to attend. Because not only will you be able to sample dishes from Michelin restaurants, you’ll also get to taste a lot of wine, water and ethnic delicacies. The British Airway Height Cuisine was also amazingly good. Complimentary of…the airline, book a seat at one of its tasting sessions and you can get to try a 3-course mini height cuisine. I must say they’re very good!
The Taste of London this year was held in the Regents Park. The weather was actually pretty crap on the day (keeps pouring on and off) so there were less people around. Less people for us was good because then we didn’t need to squeeze through people to get good eats!
There was a section just on Thai food. But there were lots of other ethnic cuisine booths around the area.
One of the main themes with the Taste of London is that you can sample mini dishes from great restaurants (some Michelin-star ones). In the event guide, you’d find a list of sample dishes offered by each restaurant participating in the event. You just choose the ones you want to try and pay with the event “crowns” (tokens kind of thing). Most of the dishes are around £4-£6. But of course there were other very special ones that require much more than that.
Petrus, one of the Gordon Ramsay restaurants that we have not tried.
We went on the first day of the event and ordered the West Country pork belly, roast apple, spring onions & Marlbourough shitakis from Petrus. The container (the dish) was quite nice and the sauce was good. But the belly skin was a bit hard and sticky.
Cinnamon Club (they opened a new Soho location). The restaurant serves Indian cuisine. We tried the Shrimp and haddock kedgeree and it was delicious!
British Airway is one of the major sponsor of the Taste of London. They have a huge booth with 2 floors at the Taste of London.
On the ground floor, you get to play a game with identifying these herbs to enter a draw for a holiday package. The herbs are very fresh and tasty! They also have suppliers of their pastry and ice-cream here to provide samples for visitors to try or take away.
Their ice-cream vendor offered matcha green tea! That was a real bonus and we loved it!
British Airway offers tasting sessions throughout the day where each session has a particular theme. We could only sign up for the Moscow one as we were short on time.
After you book your tasting slot you go to the second floor where it’s like restaurant with menu design chefs talking to you about why and what they do with “height cuisine” and what’s particular about the food offered on the new Moscow routes.
The appetizer was smoked salmon tartare with Oscietra caviar, pickled cucumber and radish salad. Wine included: Tyrell’s Single Vineyard HVD Semillon 2006.
The main dish was chicken Topaka with pickled vegetables salad and point neuf potatoes. The wine to go with it was Freestone Pinot Noir 2008.
Then we had the dessert – Chilled Chocolate Fondant with a very sweet dessert wine – D’Arenberg The Noble Mudpie 2010.
The dishes are quite mini but they were very tasty and worth a visit. This dessert was created for the coming Olympics. Going to this tasting session alone will make you feel the entrance ticket you paid for the Taste of London was definitely worth it.
The Nespresso Experience for coffee lovers. Here, you can get samples of their different kinds of coffee (for free!)
They also offer masterclasses in food and coffee pairing kind of thing.
We also went by the Le Gavorche stand and ordered Tagliatelles de calamars, jus epice: squid tagliatelles and lightly spiced lobster jus with sea greens. The texture and taste was quite exceptional. Booking a seat at the restaurant is pretty difficult because it is very popular and even Vivienne Westfood mentioned this to be her favorite in a TV episode introducing her favorite London.
The chef of Le Gavroche Michel Roux Jr is a celebrity chef and you could get an autographed book from him at the event!
Other than food and wine tasting, you can also taste some branded water. S. Pellegrino Triology Masterclass is basically a session that promotes the S. Pellegrino sparkling water and still water.
They provided with bite-size snacks.
Then we basically tasted the food, the wine and their water to see the “magical” effects of their water.
The Wedgewood Tea Bar seems to be of a different style. Apparently it made its debut in London at the Taste of London event.
The famous champagne brand – Laurent-Perrier also has a very nice booth offering Champagne masterclasses and menus.
Other than the classy wines and champagnes, there are also beer and ale companies here as well.
Taste of London: http://www.tastefestivals.com/london/