Taste of London, the Coachella for foodies
Just like the famous Coachella is the most important event in music, Taste of London is the place to be when it comes to food and drinks. If you’re a passionate foodie, you probably know a lot about it. If you don’t, I’ll share a bit about my experience there.
First of all, it’s a celebration of everything that means food and drink. More than 40 of the best restaurants in London sent their own best chefs to show off with their most interesting dishes. Heddon Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay was the first one that caught my eye. Roux Brothers brought their new, exciting dishes and Roka delighted us with its Japanese food.
You could find tapas and wine from the Basque Country, and a number of gourmet deli from Italy and France. A few Thai stands were selling loads of exotic juicy fruits (like rambutan, mangosteen, Thai mango, long kong, grenadilla) and delicious street food as well. If you are like me, passionate about street food, check out my Food Markets category.
Some of the well-known names in the beverage industry compete with their cocktails. Captain Morgan, Bacardi, Havana served their drinks in coconuts with tropical aromas. Ketel One invited us for a Bloody Marry, and Laurent Perrier laid hammocks on the lawn which lured people in for a bit relaxation and bubbly.
Besides the great names, you could also find boutiques and small local food producers, or even kitchen cutlery manufacturers.
Some of the best chefs like Nathan Outlaw or Monica Galetti held interesting cooking classes, where people learned to cook seafood and to make impeccable platings.
Once you get here, is going to be hard not to try from each of the dishes. A lot of them are in London’s top restaurants tasting menus for quite a price tag. So it’s quite an opportunity to taste a bit of all the goodies London has to offer, at reasonable prices.
Oh, and I just couldn’t help myself not to try from all the small producers’ samples. I just had to see what everyone was offering. There were all sorts of cheese, olives, charcuterie, homemade sauces, organic juices and craft beer. And the atmosphere was fantastic. Friendly foodies getting together in Regents Park, live music sessions, wine and whiskey tastings, all of them perfect ingredients for a beautiful weekend.
Finally, I enjoyed it so much I already purchased my tickets for the next Taste of London in November. And I plan to check in there every year.
What to eat at Taste of London
These are a few of the dishes I tried and enjoyed most:
Dorset Crab with shrimp and gazpacho in a delicious bun, from Roux at Parliament
SASA Shrimp tempura, quinoa, shishito, coriander, spicy mayo, red onion from Sushi Samba
Spicy Tuna Tartare, won ton crisps, crème Fraiche
and the Icon dish: Macaroni and cheese with braised beef cheeks, pickled onion, croutons, from Heddon Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay
Crispy leg confit, Belgian waffle, fried duck egg & mustard maple syrup from Duck & Waffle
Octopus carpaccio with Mediterranean dressing from Aqua Nueva
The photos in the gallery below will also tell you a lot about Taste of London. If you’ve also been there, let me know what interesting dishes you had.