Taste of London: A Snapshot

This past weekend Taste of London took place at Regent’s Park where you could sample small dishes from some of London’s top restaurants. As someone who lusts after fine dining experiences but (due to lack of funds) can often be found at the cheaper haunts, this was my World Cup and Glastonbury all rolled into one!

Taste of London
Taste of London

It was a beautiful evening for some exceptional food and drink and Taste definitely didn’t disappoint. Yes, it isn’t cheap with dishes ranging from £3 to £20 (for a lobster and truffle salad) on top of the entrance fee of £24 but it is a great spot to eat at restaurants that you may not get to go to anytime soon and you do get some free samples as you wander around the festival. After grabbing a Meantime to go with the festival atmosphere, we headed straight for Duck & Waffle (which has been on my list since I arrived in London) for some excellent (vegetarians look away now!) BBQ Spiced Pigs Ears and Fried Chicken Necks.

Fried Chicken Necks from Duck and Waffle
Fried Chicken Necks from Duck and Waffle

 

Next stop, Michel Roux Jr’s  two Michelin starred Le Gavroche, where we sampled braised pork cheek and belly with polenta and a whiskey sauce. My polenta never tastes this good, probably because I hold back on the butter too much! I also got to meet the man himself and I promptly lost the run of myself, my voice going all high pitched and my words coming out in a jumble – “hiMichelwouldyoumindifigotaphotowithyouohthanksthanksamillion”. Irregardless of my meanderings, he was very friendly and happy to pose for a photo.

Braised Pork Cheek and Belly on Polenta with Whiskey Sauce from Le Gavroche
Braised Pork Cheek and Belly on Polenta with Whiskey Sauce from Le Gavroche
Me and Michel!
Me and Michel!
Spritz anyone?
Spritz anyone?

 

After a much needed Aperol Spritz, we headed off to the Spice Market for a deliciously moist and punchy soy glazed short rib steamed bun with apple and jalapeño slaw.

Soy Glazed Short Rib Steamed Bun from Spice Market
Soy Glazed Short Rib Steamed Bun from Spice Market

We also had to try the Taste Winner from Club Gascon, a Croque Gascon with barbecued foie gras. Melt in the mouth foie gras in a crisp cylinder with sweet barbecue sauce, it was a bit too rich for me but Ronan (the Francophile) loved it!

Croque Gascon: Crispy Barbecued Foie Gras from Club Gascon
Croque Gascon: Crispy Barbecued Foie Gras from Club Gascon

Lastly, to Plum & Spilt Milk for the British classic, Beef Wellington, and it really was superb. Meltingly tender beef with crisp pastry and a rich jus, it was a stunning dish to be able to serve in, what is essentially, the middle of a field.

32 day aged Beef Wellington from Plum & Spilt Milk
32 day aged Beef Wellington from Plum & Spilt Milk

 

All in all, the Taste of London was well worth the money and it definitely makes for a fun evening wandering from pop-up to pop-up and sampling some of the best food in London!

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