Taste of London 2011

I went to Taste of London 2011 on Thursday night. I feel like such a chump for going on Saturday afternoon all the previous years. Thursday was way more relaxed and a lot less crowded. I got £20 worth of crowns with my ticket and this was more than enough to fill me up. I looked at the menu on line before I went and decided how to spend my crowns. I would never be able to decide once I got there. I made sure to chose restaurants I hadn’t been to the last time. A few of the restaurants had the exact same dishes on the menu as the previous year.
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been to Taste of London now but I still enjoy going as I don’t spend a lot of money on fine dining in London. We tend to only go out for special occasions and I cook at home the rest of the time.
I arrived just before six and while I waited for my friend to arrive I wandered around all of the stalls first which was a great idea as there was no one looking around.

Heston Salted Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream. I enjoyed this a lot (but I love ice cream and already have my ticket for Sundae on the Common) and depending how much it is in Waitrose would be tempted to buy it again.

First dish was the Top Dog Deluxe from Gauthier Soho. I enjoyed this. Not too many hot dogs around in London (unless you want food poisoning from the guy that sells them near the night bus).

My friend chose a White Tomato Soup from Rhodes. It was some of the best tomato soup I’ve ever had. It had flavor which a lot of tomato soup seems to lack.

Amedei White Chocolate Mousse, water melon sorbet and fresh pistachio topping at Refettorio. I loved this. it was amazing as it looks.

Shrimp and Scallop burger at Scott’s. My friend said it was excellent.

This was one of my favorite’s of the night from L’Etranger. The Icon Wagyu Beef Burger with Black Truffle and Cantal Cheese sauce served with a Parmesan Polenta Sumo Chip. The dish was so hot I nearly burned my mouth.

Lemon Cheesecake, black sesame and Earl Gray syrup from Maze. Very nice dessert and loved the crumbly base.

A very large scoop of Raspberry and Rose sorbet from The Modern Pantry. The menu says with candied rose petals but it was topped with pistachios (which I like better anyway).

We finished the evening off with a cold glass of champagne. Really great night and we nearly made it home without getting rained on. Two minutes from the station there was a torrential downpour of course!

If you’re going to Taste this weekend Enjoy! I recommend all the dishes we ate.

Read my Taste of London 2010 round up here.

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  1. rebecca

    Salted caramel popcorn ice cream sounds absolutely heavenly! I want some now…for breakfast!!! Oh my gosh!

    (Also, I want that giant pink fork. I don't know where I would put it but I want it!)

  2. Wow the food looks amazing, and you get a lot for your crowns! I really wanted to go this year, but being a student wasn't sure I could really afford it. I don't think its the kind of thing you can do on the cheap, I would want to try everything!!!

    Will definitely make sure I go next year!

  3. All the choices look wonderful

  4. All of this looks amazing! My mouth is watering.

  5. KitchenTherapy

    i completely forgot about taste of london, funny i have gone before.
    amazing photos

  6. Zazzy Episodes

    What sparked my interest was the large scoop of Raspberry and Rose sorbet, I wouldn't think those two flavors would go together. It sure looks good.

  7. OMG! i love the Huge Fork and all the food. i wish i was there :)


    precioso post!!
    me ha gustado mucho tu blog ;D
    un besazo wapisima

  9. Cupcake Crazy Gem

    Wow I love the sumo chip!! how fun is that! and looks like you did the right thing by going on Thursday eve, the rest of the weekend was a bit of a washout!
    I had wanted to go, but it always seems a bit pricey to me! Loved seeing your pics tho.

  10. Cupcake Kelly

    It’s definitely not cheap but if you’re interested in going look out for ticket offers. I bought mine through Keynoir for £38 and that included entrance and £20 of food vouchers with a glass of champagne.

    It’s pricey but we don’t eat out much so it’s bit of a trade off. I think if you ate out at these types of places all them time then it wouldn’t be worth going.