Taste of London’s festive edition is running this weekend in East London’s Tobacco Dock. Where you can drink, eat and shop your way around some of Londons best restaurants.
The venue is industrial yet cosy decorated with Christmas trees and a spiced cinnamon scent following you around. There are Christmas gift markets, small produce stalls, a craft beer cellar, live entertainment and a HBO Game of Thrones room. Something for everyone I think it’s fair to say and it certainly got me into the Christmas spirit.
As soon as we walked through the entrance I spotted the Kurobuta stand and after hearing a lot of good things about this restaurant sampled the BBQ Pork Belly in a Steamed Bun with Spicy Peanut Sauce. Not too spicy so don’t be warned off by that it was a great light starter, something I’ve come to love steamed buns for.
After wandering around the Great Gallery and spotting the Dum Dum stand (which I obviously went back to at the end!) next up for me was a curry. Café Spice Namaste was serving up Dhaansaak – Spiced Lamb in Lentils served with Cumin Rice. On a cold November evening this is exactly what they doctor ordered, a warm medium spiced curry packed full of flavour and depth. The lamb was as tender as it comes and the cumin rice was great to soak up all that yummy sauce. Topped with coriander – who doesn’t love coriander on a curry!
Feeling a little full at this point I made the most out of coming to this with my boyfriend and pinched a mouthful of everything he bought!
Truffled Macaroni Cheese from Tom’s Kitchen – creamy with an earthy garlicky after taste thanks to the truffles.
Club Gascon – Duck “Reuben” Sandwich. Which I would potentially put out there as being the best thing we sampled last night. Salt beefesque duck packed with cheese and a sauce I can’t describe but set it off perfectly. This mini slider is highly recommended and not to be missed! #BestTasteDish
There are cart loads of craft beers, cocktails, mulled wine and fizz on offer but if you’re looking for something non-alcoholic head to CanO Water where you can try still or sparkling water from a resealable can simply by following them on Instagram!
Finally we headed to The Dessert Stand where Lily Vanilli was in residence and I couldn’t wait to try the Hot Chocolate Cakes with Salt Caramel Popcorn, Hot Chocolate Ganache Sauce and Bitter Chocolate Crumble. A dessert to die for. The popcorn was amazing and the chocolate cake was rich yet bitter at the same time. I had to share mine as it was quite rich but definitely something to shout about. Ideally I would have had some custard or cream with this and would’ve no doubt ate the entire lot.
So quite simply get yourself down to Taste of London today or tomorrow and get involved with 16 of London’s most exciting restaurants! Taste’s own currency is by way of crowns which you can purchase off staff around the venue and don’t miss out on their cooking shows from some of the best chefs in the country!