Today I went to the Taste of London, right next door in Regent’s Park. According to the website it’s a fair where
" 40 of London’s most prestigious restaurants gather in Regent’s Park to prepare and serve a stunning selection of signature dishes" and d**n it was good!!! I reckon this is about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on! The sun was out in full force, the samples plentiful and the food lusciously, mouthwateringly good. The way it works is: you buy entrance for the afternoon or evening session (£15 this year) and then you buy Crowns (50p each), which you use to pay for your food. It’s a great way to taste some great food for relatively cheap.
Some of London’s most celebrated chefs were there and we ate from Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche (chef himself was there and he had the most friendly and smiley face), Georgio Locatelli’s Refettorio (very yummy spaghetti, served by a guy whose smile lit up my day), Angela Hartnett at the Connaught, Marcus Wareing at the Savoy Grill and Tom Aikens and Hush. And boy, was it good… I nearly nibbled my fingers off with the food! The picture top left of this post is Marcus Wareing’s ‘Trifle with a mini Madeleine’ (ever since I went to Paris I have a soft spot for Madeleines, they are so yummy). I forgot to take pictures of Angela Hartnett’s Vanilla Mille Feuille with Roasted Peaches cause it was just so good I ate it before I realised I forgot to take a picture. Same for the Mars Bar cheesecake with cinnamon creme fraiche that Hush served, I’m a sucker for cheesecake, and although I couldn’t really taste the Mars, it was a really nice cheesecake, dense and moist and rich.
We popped into the tent where the World Cheese Awards were held (see picture left), which had more cheese than I’ve ever seen in one place. One of my favourite parts was strolling round the terrain to have a look at the different exhibitors (roughly 50 of those were there), my favourites included Rachel’s Organic (where I couldn’t resist and stocked up on some yummy yoghurt), Melt Chocolates and Ear to Ear popcorn (I tasted a couple, and liked the caramel best, with Bombay spice in second place and Cheddar in third. Can you tell I’m taking this food thing quite seriously ;-)? ). I can’t wait to be earning money again so I can try a full meal at the restaurants that were featured!