This years Taste of London had a different feel to previous years, there seemed to be less of the established big restaurants and instead a new wave of dining institutions were showing off their wares and reflecting what London’s tastes buds are currently craving.
As always Chef’s had gone out of their way to present what their restaurant was about about but also wow the crowds with something a bit special and they didn’t disappoint.
Below are some of my Best in Taste dishes from this year.
Mole Taco Bar gave us a sublime Conchinita Pibil (Pulled Pork)Taco. Marinated in an Orange Habanero sauce then slow cooked and served with Advocado and Pickled Onions this was great Mexican food and not Tex Mex rubbish people often mistake for Mexican. They also produce a lovely Guacamole Tostada, Rich and creamy Guacamole was topped with Queso fresco , Burnt Corn and sharp but sweet pomegranate seeds. These all helped to provide a complex and delicious dish.
The very generous people at Goslings Rum provided me with the stormiest Dark N Stormy ever. I was very, very grateful and very, very tipsy afterwards and this was my first drink!
Kurobuta definitely went for the wow factor with their dishes and did no disappoint.
Now I’m not the biggest Aubergine fan but the Miso soaked version they produced was remarkable. Grilled to perfection then topped with candied Walnuts I could have easily of eaten two. Probably my favourite surprise on the day were the Octopus Doughnuts the batter steamed and perfectly cooked the Octopus meanwhile the umami Mayo and tonkatsu sauces caused me to swear after each bite.
Aqua Kyoto gave us this beautiful dish which comprised of slow cooked Pork Belly with perfectly cooked King Prawns sandwiched in-between. Topped with a piquant, tangy Chimichurri and Spring Onions. Ridiculously good, my face must have been a sight whilst eating this.
Best in Taste goes to this year… @farangldn produced arguably one of the best things I’ve eaten this year. I need to try and figure out how the hell they did this because it was obscenely good. Crunchy and sweet and sharp and… I could go on. Cherrywood smoked Salmon on a bed of crispy Vermicelli dressed with Yellow bean, Lime and Mandarin. The pickled garlic was a revelation. I need to visit one of their pop ups this summer just to make sure, you should too.
Had my first taste of The Balvenie Doublewood in an old fashioned… A bottle is now part of my Whiskey collection.