Miriam SpiceTraveller

And here we are again, another summer another Taste of London…Great fun, we had a lovely weather and of course fantastic food and drinks!

My Taste of London food rating:
1 = fail – simply badly prepared food, tasteless, no effort whatsoever
2 = edible, might be too dry or too hard, nothing special
3 =  OK and tasty simple everyday food, but no wow factor
4 = very tasty, slighty different, nicely presented, worth spending money
5 = a must! either superbly prepared, extremely tasty, and/or great combination, something new, something you don’t get to eat often, wonderfully presented

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

 

Kicking off with some Cava

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

 

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

 

We didn’t try many dishes this year, we arrived late. Here is some of the food we tried;

Bumpkin
Charter pie; mmm this was delicious, lovely pastry with tasty filling – chicken, bacon and leeks, i could have had 2-3 of those!  3/5
Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008 – Charter pie by Bumpkin

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008 – Charter pie by Bumpkin

 

 

Club Gascon
Seared scallop, black quinoa and olive emulsion. Interesting combination, quinoa was slightly undercooked  3/5
Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008 – Scallop with quinoa by Club Gascon

 

 

Cocoon
My partner had their signature dish, the same like last year. I tried a small piece, it was bland and nothing special.  2/5
Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

 

 

Launceston Place
Launceston Place – Roast middle white pork risotto, cracking with apple sauce. This was weird, but so delicious! This was worth every Crown!   4/5
Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

 

 

Le Cafe Anglais
Spit roast belly pork with lentils. Succulent pork, lentil perfectly cooked 3/5  ; Champagne sabayon with wild strawberries, refreshing 3/5
Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008 – Le Cafe Anglais staff preparing food

 

 

One-O-One
Love these guys, Maitre’ D at the time and the rest of the staff were fantastic. Not sure if the old crowd is still there… Again, we got some of the dishes free of charge :) All 3 dishes were superb, king crab is a must! Coupe liegeoise of dark manjari brownie chocolate, coffee and salt caramel ice cream, i can proudly admit i am not a friend of coffee, but the whole thing was put together so well. 3/5 , Norwegian red king rillette and potted confit of Norwegian salmon with sea lettuce butter, soft onsen quail egg, cured lemon and almond cauliflower mousse, i think they were the only restaurant in London at the time serving red king crab, the king of all shellfish in my book! This was so delicious! 4/5 , Slow poached Norwegian white halibut with crispy pork belly, truffle paimpol coco beans cassoulet and wild rocket, flaky fish with sweet pork, fantastic!  4/5
Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008 – Pascal Proyart and Maitre’D of One-O-One

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008 – Pascal Proyart in action

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008 – Coupe liegeoise by One-O-One

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008 – Slow poached Norwegian white halibut

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008 – Norwegian red king crab

 

 

South Beauty [Beijing] – Taste of China
A special part of Taste of London, this year they showcased Taste of China. Some of the London’s top Chinese restaurants were offering tasty menus – Kai China Tang, Snazz Sichuan. Sadly we only tried one dish; Kung-pao shrimp balls in sweet sauce. 3/5

 

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

 

Orient Express

Sadly we didn’t have time to try some of their dishes. They were serving: [as pictured from left to right] Warm loin of farmer Sharps Herdwick lamb served with nicoise salad with champagne and mint; Chilled strawberry and champagne soup; Laurent Perrier rose champagne and Kentish summer berry jelly.

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

 

 

Refettorio
Fresh homemade tortellini with traditional pork ragout, what else but good old Italian pasta at its best. Tortellini were melting in the mouth 4/5, i can not say the same for Tiramisu, as you can see from the picture it was mainly served as a big blob of cream, come on put some effort! ;p  2/5
Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

 

 

Rhodes Twenty Four
Braised beef with caramelised onion gravy 3/5, i can not say Gary’s perfection was reflected on this dish, but it was rather tasty. At this point i was already stuffed. Lemon tarte, lovely light summer dessert, good size portion. 3/5
Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008 – Gary Rhodes

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

 

 

Tom’s Place
Beer battered red gurnard and chips with tartar sauce. I had enough of the samey cod and haddock so gurnard was a nice treat. 3/5
Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

 

And the party continued..

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008

Taste of London 2008