Andrei reviews Taste of London

Ticket winner Andrei had a special reason for wanting to attend Taste of London this year. His beautiful daughter was born in February and his wife was looking forward to trying the fine food she wasn’t allowed during pregnancy. From his review, it sounds like they definitely made the most of the day and tried some fab dishes.

“It had been 3 or 4 years since my last visit to Taste of London, and I was pleased to see the number and high quality of restaurants had remained the same. However, it was notable that all of the other elements (producers, themed areas, demo kitchens, etc) were better organised and the variety was greater.

We attacked a number of the restaurants, going for those we had never dined at and ordering 2 different courses so we could maximise our tastings. Our top 3 dishes, in no particular order, were:

Awana – Slow cooked tender beef curry. Very simple in terms of presentation but that was not the point. It was all in the taste – the essence of Malaysian cuisine with its fusion of SE Asian styles. The beef was tender and the sauce was full of flavour but wasn’t overpowering.

Theo Randall – Pan-fried scallops with pancetta, red chillies, parsley and capers. Cooked to perfection with a pleasant kick from the chillies to complement the flavours imbued by the other ingredients which you would normally use with seafood.

Odette’s – Whipped goat’s cheese, pickled beetroot and Regent’s Park honey. We had just used our final Crowns on their rack of Welsh lamb when one of the chefs recommended the goat’s cheese. He took pity on us and gave us the goat’s cheese anyway. My wife loved it and even I had admit a liking despite my aversion to cheese and beetroot – fine ingredients are clearly more palatable!

My only reservation about the Taste festivals is that it is quite an expensive thing to attend under normal circumstances – £22 each for tickets in advance (thank you toptable for the free ones!) plus £30 in Crowns between 2 people to get the most out of the festival.

Despite this, we loved the evening out and we were impressed by the variety of food on offer. We were also thrilled to see a couple of stars – Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche, and Gok Wan happily posing for photos.

It was well attended and we would consider attending again in the future, babysitter-permitting!”