with the promise of sampling sumptuous cuisine from michelin-starred restaurants, decadent flavours from around the globe, and world-class chefs including the likes of wolfgang puck, nuno mendes and david chang showing off their kitchen flair, I was more than just a little excited about taste of london. actually, I was drooling just thinking about it.
with more than 40 restaurants and over 200 food and drink producers on show we found ourselves completely overwhelmed – there was so much to try. andrea suggested starting at asia de cuba, starting at the beginning of the alphabet did seem sensible, and our first dishes of the day consisted of pork belly and ceviche – both were beyond divine.
after moseying around the stands and nibbling on cured meats and breads from everyone who offered, plus paying a visit to the secret garden area, we decided to take a load off our feet and headed to the wedgwood tent. i could have spent the whole day there – it was ever so relaxing and oh so pretty.
beautiful bunches of flowers adorned every surface and the stunning fine-bone china tea ware were laid out all around the space to show off the intricate designs. our teas were served in the gorgeous cups and saucers and came accompanied with a card providing information about the blend as well as a miniature chocolate. my sencha, a green tea, was divine and the paul a young goat’s cheese treat was a little peace of heaven in one tiny mouthful.
after sampling several different produces we decided to indulge our tastebuds with something a little alcoholic. although the laurent-perrier bar was temping we decided it was cocktail time and andrea somehow managed to wangle a lesson on how to make the perfect tipple. judging from her bar flair mixology might be a good career move for her!
the main event of the day, where we found ourselves the most spoilt, was at the san pellegrino vip dining experience. we were treated to a four-course lunch prepared by theo randall. what happy girls we were. the food was impeccably presented and we feasted on smoked eel, penne pasta, a fish stew and for spectacular finish lemon tart, each dish trumped the previous.
by the time we put our forks down i could not have eaten another morsel, no matter how badly I wanted to finish off the yummy lemon tart. next time i’ll remember to take some trousers with a bit of give! we found ourselves in the grip of a food coma, but we didn’t care it was oh so worth it! it wasn’t just the food, we were also treated to a different glass of wine with each plate – who knew fish stew could be complimented so well by a delicious red?
plus, we were so full after our tasting experience that we couldn’t sample any more food, we were particularly upset about missing out on the peanut butter ice cream.
despite this, taste of london has proved to be the most delicious event in town and it’s definitely in our diary for next year.