Taste of london

This week in regents park Taste of London comes to town with top chefs such as Mark Sergeant, Michael
Roux jnr, Tom Kerridge and Nathan outlaw to name just a few were all here flaunting some of their top dishes.

I haven’t been here in three years but when one of our key suppliers fresh direct invited me along I couldn’t resist.

This was an opportunity to see and sample some of the up and coming food trends, flavours and techniques.

Everything is purchased in crowns and these can be purchased around the park from various crown banks.

Our first stop was Roka, the award winning restaurant, it serves contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine in striking yet informal surroundings in the heart of London’s media district. But here at its pop up location it served us up some treats and this was a belter.
Black cod, crab and crayfish gyoza with chilli dressing, not bad for 4 crowns.
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One of fresh directs development chefs Duncan parsonage dissecting a dish from club gascon

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Next on our travels was La Gavroche, one of the key account mangers Nick goes straight in there for their icon dish, a different take on an old classic we have a lobster cocktail with tomato jelly and shaved black truffle. At 20 crowns this had to be good but in all honesty this dish was just ok, nothing special. The lobster was lost in the strong sauce and the black truffles had no flavour but the tomato jelly was lush. Overall everyone felt the same, this dish was a disappointment!

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Next on my hot list was sushi samba, I’ve heard loads about this place from one of our venue managers Rhodri Adrian but I’ve never been, this was my chance.
I had the tuna sashimi, watermelon, black beans, wasabi peas and a basil macaroon.
This was an absolute belter, full of flavour, plenty of tuna, succulent watermelon soup and crunchy peas and at only 4 crowns it was a scoop!

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Hannah stringer our account manager had her eye on the tempura prawns with quinoa, delicious! I need to get to sushi samba on Bishopsgate ASAP!

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Next up was barbecoa by Jamie Oliver, I spotted the dish of Crispy pigs cheeks with piccalilli. I was expecting this to be a nice crispy BBQ pigs cheek, instead it was a pan fried rillette which disappointed in flavour and presentation. I think for 5 crowns,
A bit more effort could have gone into this dish.

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This was a real fun event and really worth a visit if your in the london area! Pay that little extra for the VIP, with a special fast track entry, a nice glass of Laurent Perrier and a free cooking book, it’s well worth it. The show ends on 22nd June so get yourself down for a great day out, it’s well worth it!

Here are a few snaps from a cracking day!

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