Sunday, July 6, 2014

Taste of London review

I went to Taste of London for the first time this year and I LOVED it! We were booked in for Champagne tasting tickets which included lounge access, 20 crowns each and a free glass of bubbles on arrival. Of course we needed double the Crowns for all the food and wine we wanted to try!

We read the menus in advance and headed round the park to seek out our bite-sized feast. One thing I really liked was most stalls having their dishes on show so you could see what it looks like before ordering. The dishes I loved the most were the Pudhina chops from Tamarind of Mayfair (Welsh lamb cutlets, ginger, mint, crushed peppercorns) and the Pannacotta from Barbecoa (Amedei white chocolate panna cotta with wild strawberries, champagne and basil). Absolutely delicious and I will definitely be visiting their restaurants soon.

We saw Michel Roux Jnr in the Taste Theatre (tip: get there 15 mins early with food and drink so you get a seat), and I met David Hesketh, the MD of Laurent Perrier, at the Champagne blind tasting. It's a great place to meet some of your foodie heroes, we saw one woman who was getting all the chefs to sign her apron.

After eating our weight in mini-food and enjoying the delights that Laurent Perrier had to offer (Ultra Brut, Brut NV and Le Grand Siecle), we sat down in the Gaucho wine tent and had a flight of Malbec, which included the deliciously violet Colome Terruno from the highest vineyard in the world.

Needless to say I will be going back next year.

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