It’s Taste of London time again! I was treated to a preview of some of the dishes that will be available at this weekend’s food & drink festival at Regent’s Park. 9 dishes in one 2 hour lunch, don’t say that I don’t put my figure on the line for your pleasure!
Pretty, eh? We were served my favourite Frank Hederman’s Smoked Salmon on Soda Bread with Blason de Bourgogne Chablis and Oysters with Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2005 at Richard Corrigan’s Bentley’s. If you haven’t had Frank Hederman’s Smoked Salmon yet, you really are missing out. Fresh, peaty and smoky with none of the oiliness of the sadder orange confections you see in the supermarkets, it’s perfect with soda bread. I served it at the market last year, and eat it all the time at home. Finally, we had Traditional Fish and Chips served in cones with O:TU Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009 New Zealand.
On then to Michelin starred Chinese Yautcha for a Vegetable dim sum platter with Waitrose Champagne Brut NV at Yautcha’s was delicious and light with sprightly flavours. Spicy chicken wonton dumpling with Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2009 South Africa was smacking of more, I wanted more! We finished with a Dim sum platter served with Chateau Ste Michelle Dry Riesling 2009 Washington State, USA.
One of my favourites, Salt Yard offered their signature dish, their gorgeous Courgette flowers stuffed with goats cheese and drizzled with honey with Buiten Blanc, Buitenverwachting, a sensational and very tender Smoked octopus a la Gallega with crispy shallots served with Gavi de Gavi, Italy 2009 from M&S, and zingy Chargrilled beef bavette with Salsa Verde and Escalivada with Chateau Civrac 2007 Bordeaux.
The food was excellent, and the wine matches well chosen, I especially loved the Nyetimber with the Oysters and the Bavette with the Bordeaux.
Want to go? Taste of London runs from 17th – 20th June in Regent’s Park, London. Tickets are on sale and start from £22, but you can win one of 3 pairs worth £44 each here. Just leave a comment on this post and I will choose winners at random when the competition closes on Wednesday 16th June at midnight. The tickets are valid for Friday evening only for the 5.30pm – 9.30pm session and don’t include any crowns. You’ve got 2 days! A comment takes 2 minutes :)
**This competition is now closed – congrats to the winners number 1, 15 & 72, Lydia Pluckrose, May & Laura Lee. Thanks everyone for your entires and comments.**