by Sarah Brown0
5 Places To Taste Now: Taste of London
The Neon London Team went to Taste of London 2016 and had a wonderful time gorging on all the delicious food and drink that was on offer. We have done the hard(ish) work for you by picking the Top 5 stalls that you must visit in their permanent residencies right now!
1) Theo Randall at the Intercontinental
Theo Randall launched Theo Randall at the InterContinental in 2006 after serving as head chef at the River Cafe for 15 years. Theo’s tent at Taste had customers swarming out with delightful looking pasta dishes and sorbets whilst he was either focusing in the kitchen or chatting effusively to his customers. The atmosphere was so great we kept finding ourselves back within his tent and by the end of the day we had tried all of the dishes he had on offer. Our favourite was the award winning Cappelletti Di Vitello (Tatler’s Best Dish of 2014) which is fresh pasta with a veal filling topped with porcini mushrooms and submerged in a creamy buttery sauce. It was the most expensive dish we tried at Taste coming in at £12 but it was worth every penny as the pasta was perfect, the meat was so flavorsome and the porcini mushrooms brought tears to our eyes. You must try it in the restaurant ASAP.
2) Gipsy Hill
After a brilliant beer tasting with the Moncada Brewery team it was established we preferred “Belgian style wheaty beer”.
Once it was time for our second pint we went to Gipsy Hill’s stand and with no time wasted the barman pointed out the beer most similar to our desired style. It was called the ‘Hinterwilter’ and had been brewed at Gipsy Hill by a German brewer. It was hands down the best beer we had at the festival, subtly sweet and creamy but also refreshingly light. Why not go for a tasting at The Gipsy Hill Brewery Tap Room (open Saturdays 1-6pm) and let us know if it lives up to our hype!
As we strolled through the festival taking in the sites one of the team shouted “black truffles!” and low and behold there was massive pile of fresh black truffles enveloping a pasta dish nearby. It became our mission to find out what it was and where it came from.
The dish was Fettuccini with Grana Padano, broad beans, peas & black truffle by Francesco Mazzei’s Calabrian restaurant Sartoria. We absolutely loved the dish as it really was incredible to try such fresh black truffles and to be given such a generous serving.
The Spanish and Italian restaurant Emberyard is most known for it’s incredible meat dishes cooked over charcoal. Although these dishes smelt amazing, we ended up going for the Summer Truffle, Wild Mushroom and Pecorino Croquettes that were delightfully crispy on the outside and light, fluffy and with just the right amount of truffle flavoring on the inside. We are desperate to go and try their charcoaled dishes when we go to their permanent residency as the smell is still lingering (in a good way).
5) The Bread Shop
Coming in at number 5 was a stall that filled our hearts with joy. It was almost impossible to choose from their vast selection of bread, pastries and muffins but when we did we were not disappointed. The team’s favorite was the Vanilla Spritzcake with frosting that managed to be crispy and creamy all at once.
What is so great about Taste of London is that it provides a spacial and temporal platform for you to uncover, establish and hone in on what specifically you love about food and drink. Whether it’s a type of beer, wine, cuisine, pastry, whatever; you can discover who your taste buds truly are at Taste of London.