With 2 days of Taste 2014 left to go, it’s not too late to get in on the foodilicious action. This rest-fest has had a (much-needed) shake up and left The FoodPorn Queen quite unbelievably still hungry to go back again the next day and do it all over again.
Taste continues to be a big marker on any foodies calendar and I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to experience it all first hand whilst ‘researching’ for my guest blog post here on The EatEasy blog from Delicious London.
It doesn’t really get much better than this: Sunny London, great company and an abundance of deliciousness. The opening day of Taste of London’s luck was in this year, its home of Regent’s Park was bathed one of the most beautiful days that 2014 has seen.
It’s hard to sum it all up in a matter of photos, there is literally so much to take in. It’s near enough impossible not to get sucked in by all the exhibitors selling their products at stalls all over the festival. Getting full up on free samples is something I try to avoid but sometimes that’s the best bit. It’s also tricky trying to stay on a sensible route around the festival and doing everything in an orderly fashion. You end up going backwards and forwards stuffing your face at any given opportunity. It’s sensational!
André Garret’s malt glazed pig cheek with creamed potato was an absolute taste sensation. Animal cheeks seemed to be a popular menu choice this year and it has to be said that this was certainly the best.
We experienced fine dining slap bang in the middle of Regents Park with a dish of 32 day aged beef Wellington and buttered asparagus at Plum & Split Milk. It felt really, really good!
Bleeding Heart’s braised beef cheeks Bourguignon was another great cheeky dish and their lobster risotto Provençal served with a Parmesan tuile really hit the spot.
Sushi Samba’s Wasu Roll and indulgent ‘With Love From Rio’ dessert were both deliciously well presented and tasty. I expected good things from these guys and they didn’t disappoint.
I cannot put into words how perfect the weather was. There was the most wonderful atmosphere all evening whilst people lazed around eating food and getting tipsy on the big bean bags on the grass.
Every year my favourite part of Taste of London is Salt Yard’s courgette flower stuffed with goats cheese. The honey that’s drizzled all over it was screaming to be licked off the plate it was so divine.
A firm favourite of the evening was Bar Boulud’s soft shell crab tempura with cucumber-mint salad, fresh lime and Harissa mayonnaise. The contrast of textures and the freshness of the mint was mind blowing and definitely worth trying if you get the chance!
The chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze treated us very well. The salt & pepper squid was a dream but what really did it for me was the strawberry ice cream. I felt like a child at the beach eating a 99 but on next levels of deliciousness!
…. And Theo Randall’s scallops were not only beautifully presented but magnificently cooked to perfection.
I celebrated my birthday at Flesh & Buns this year so was delighted to hear that they were exhibiting at Taste. The pork crackling steamed bun was everything I wanted it to be and more. It’s just a shame they couldn’t have their matcha green tea s’more dessert on the menu because it’s my favourite dessert in the world. Bold statement I know!
We ended the night in quite an unexpected manor. In previous years I wouldn’t have expected a burger bar to be set up at Taste but this year there were two. Shake Shack and Meat Liquor were exhibiting for the first time and seemed to be constantly busy throughout the evening. We ended up saving what seemed to be the best til last and ended our night with Shake Shacks lil’ shroom burger and frozen custard. After practically scolding myself on the molten lava cheese I was in absolute heaven. I’ve had it before but it just never gets old. Such a winner!
With more freebies than your stomach can take and some of the most delicious food London has to offer there is literally no reason you shouldn’t go. Taste of London is and always will be the best edible experience of my life. So go, buy tickets and get stuffed!!
A huge thank you to The #FoodPornQueen for selflessly gorging on so many delights – all in the name of research! To see more of what The #FoodPornQueen has been devouring, check out her dribble inducing blog here: http://foodpornqueen.wordpress.com/Taste is on till the 22nd of June. Get your tickets from www.london.tastefestivals.com or call 08712307132 Make sure you check out the timetable of events before you go too…
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