Taste of London – 2014 Summer

When there are numerous excellent dining options, there are plenty of reasons why one has not yet been to a restaurant – the reservation is too tough to secure or the restaurant is too expensive or too far away.  With Taste of London (in 2014 June) at Regents Park, on a lovely sunny late afternoon / early evening, however, such reasons / excuses were gone…. at least for me.  We ate a number of small dishes from Ametsa (with Arzak Introduction), House of Ho, MEATliquor, Truscott Arms, Thai Tho, Begging Bowl, Tamarind of Mayfair, and excellent desserts from Tartufo and Plum + Spilt Milk.   To be honest, after trying out  dishes from these restaurants, I can’t say that I was convinced to seek a reservation at any of these restaurants – most dishes but for a few were just about OK, nothing spectacular.

May be Taste of London Winter will prove to be a different experience……

Here is where and what we ate:

  • Ametsa (with Arzak Introduction – ofArzak fame [3 Star Michelin] in San Sebastian):  These dishes were decent, but pretty average compared tothesuperlativedishesatArzak (based on recollection of a visit back in 2009 – way before this blog was born)
    • Iberico Ham over bread and tomato pillow – can’t go too wrong with Iberico ham, can you?
    • Meatballs with grapes and tamarillo ketchup – was a tad too sweet
  • Thai Tho – a Thai restaurant in a modern setting in Soho and in Wimbledon
    •  Vegetable spring roll
    • Chicken satay with peanut sauce
  • The Begging Bowl a thai street food heaven in Peckham per The Independent
    • Stir fry of shiitake mushroom, deep-fried tofu, Thai basil, cashew nuts and coconut cream – was one of the tastiest, not the healthiest, dishes of the evening
  • The Truscott Arms-agastropubinMaida Vale serving modern European fare – may be worth a visit, based on general reviews and not this burger
    • Potted crab and shrimp burger with pickled cucumber on a brioche bun – was smelly and sloppy (read not burger-like)
  • MEATliquor
    • Halloumi mushroom slider – bland and boring
  • The House of Ho – Vietnamese with a modern twist in Soho with manysharingplatesbasedontradiional Vietnamese dishes
    • Banh Mi with smoked pork shoulder, pickled carrots and daikon in a chilli cilantro dressing served in a warm baguette was one of the decent dishes of the evening
  • Tamarind of Mayfair – one of the first Indian restaurants to have secured a Michelin star
    • Pudina chops – Welsh lamb cutlet with ginger, mint, crushed peppercorns and a green salad – was one of the best dishes of the evening
  • Plum + Spilt Milkdesserts are a high point says Jay Rayner in The Guardian
    • Berry and elderflower jelly with clotted cream – was the perfect dessert for that summer evening!
  • Tartufo – has superlative reviews in general
    • Original LA butterscotch budino with caramel sauce and whipped cream – was absolutely divine and light in texture; a delight to end the evening with!!

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Taste of London - 2014 Summer

Taste of London – 2014 Summer

Iberico ham over bread and tomato pillow from Ametsa at the Taste of London 2014

Iberico ham over bread and tomato pillow from Ametsa at the Taste of London 2014

Meatballs with grapes and tamarillo ketchup from Ametsa at Taste of London 2014

Meatballs with grapes and tamarillo ketchup from Ametsa at Taste of London 2014

Vegetable spring roll from Thai Tho at Taste of London 2014

Vegetable spring roll from Thai Tho at Taste of London 2014

Chicken satay with peanut sauce from Thai Tho at Taste of London 2014

Chicken satay with peanut sauce from Thai Tho at Taste of London 2014

Stir-fried shitake mushroom with deep fried tofu, Thai basil, cashew nuts and coconut cream from The Begging Bowl at the Taste of London 2014

Stir-fried shiitake mushroom with deep fried tofu, Thai basil, cashew nuts and coconut cream from The Begging Bowl at the Taste of London 2014

Potted crab and shrimp burger with pickled cucumber on a brioche bun from the Truscott Arms at the Taste of London 2014

Potted crab and shrimp burger with pickled cucumber on a brioche bun from the Truscott Arms at the Taste of London 2014

Halloumi mushroom slider from MEATliquor at the Taste of London 2014

Halloumi mushroom slider from MEATliquor at the Taste of London 2014

Banh mi with sliced smoked pork shoulder, pickled carrots and daikon in a chili coriander dressing from The House of Ho at the Taste of London 2014

Banh mi with sliced smoked pork shoulder, pickled carrots and daikon in a chili coriander dressing from The House of Ho at the Taste of London 2014

Welsh lamb cutlets with ginger, mint, crushed peppercorns and a salad from Tamarind at Mayfair at Taste of London 2014

Welsh lamb cutlets with ginger, mint, crushed peppercorns and a salad from Tamarind at Mayfair at Taste of London 2014

Berry and elderflower jelly and clotted cream from Plum + Spilt Milk at Taste of London 2014

Berry and elderflower jelly and clotted cream from Plum + Spilt Milk at Taste of London 2014

Original LA butterscotch budino wih caramel sauce and whipped cream from Tartufo at Taste of London 2014

Original LA butterscotch budino wih caramel sauce and whipped cream from Tartufo at Taste of London 2014

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What is a summer evening in the park without Pimm's - at Taste of London 2014

What is a summer evening in the park without Pimm’s – at Taste of London 2014

 

Time to check-out Taste of London Winter (2014)……

Other London event coverage on Not Just Vegetarian

 

Note: The post titled “Taste of London – 2014 Summer” appeared first on Not Just Vegetarian

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