Taste of London

Yum scrum… if you haven’t ever been to Taste Of London you have missed out and must go either this weekend or next year. I really was over the moon when two of my best friends gave me a ticket as a birthday present… they know me far too well! I honestly would struggle to find someone who wouldn’t enjoy this event. It’s the chance to go around eating little portions of the most delicious food from the best restaurants and names in London. Plus you pay in “crowns” so it doesn’t even feel like you are spending real money!

Taste of London

Based in Regent’s Park we were able to go straight from work, from 6.30 until it shut at 9.30. First stop was House of Ho… where we quickly inhaled their Vietnamese Scotch Egg…

Vietnamese Scotch Egg House of Ho

I am a BIG fan of eggs. I mean BIG, and this little mouthful of joy lived up to all my expectations. We grabbed ourselves some drinks and before we knew it were tucking into some pesto as we sauntered along the purple path…

Pesto tasting

Next it was Mazi’s time to shine. Serving refined Greek food from their Notting Hill Restaurant, this grilled octopus with potatoes and salad has to be in the running for best thing we ate all evening…

Octopus Salad Mazi

Succulent octopus with just the right amount of tang from the capers and vinegar. Unbelievable, And we loved this guy too…. he was so cheeky but when it came to it very camera shy.

Mazi

At the Chop Shop we opted for the creamed corn and ribs… which did not disappoint. Sadly I wasn’t really photo ready so do excuse the rucksack and camera hanging from my neck and focus on the food instead…

Chop Shop Ribs and creamed corn

And we just had to get the pork and peanut bao from Kurobuta... this is one of my favourite restaurants in London and I seriously recommend a visit!

pork and peanut bao from Kurobuta

Quite full but with a mountain to climb, we took a break and pottered through the shops where we longingly looked at these beautiful copper pans. One day my whole kitchen will be filled with these… one day!

copper pans

We bought some delicious olive oil as a present to our flat!

olive oil

Then we took a deep breath and dived back in for The Modern Pantry’s mince and tatties…

mince and tatties at the modern pantry

A comforting combination of veal mince, bombay potatoes and puffed rice… which Fox and Flor seemed to really enjoy…

mince and tatties at the modern pantry

Then I somehow managed to eat this incredible vindaloo lamb chop from Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoait was the perfect level of spice and was unbelievably tender. YUM.

Vindaloo lamb chop Barbecoa

Before we all tucked into the buttermilk fried chicken from The Clove Club

Buttermilk chicken The Clove Club

The photo doesn’t do these nuggets of deliciousness justice… they were another potential winner of the evening. I for one am thrilled that this type of chicken has crossed the Atlantic from the U.S and made a home over here too. Then it was time for a salted caramel “soft serve” with honeycomb pieces from the one and only Marcus Warering’s Tredwell’s.

 Tredwell's soft serve salted caramel

By this stage we literally couldn’t eat any more… although  we only ate at a few of the restaurants, the full list is here  An inspired and incredible birthday present which tasted every bit as good as it looked, and an evening I will remember for a long ol’ time.

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