Thursday, 17 June 2010

Taste of London

Ever wanted to taste some of the dishes from London's top restaurants? Well, now is your chance.  Today marks the beginning of one of the world's greatest restaurant festivals, Taste of London.  From now until Sunday you can go along and experience the best of London's foodie scene in Regent's Park. Over thirty of London's best restaurants, including The Grill at the iconic Dorchester Hotel, the Cinnamon Club and Launceston Place, are represented - along with dishes by top chefs including Michel Roux Jr, Gary Rhodes and Giorgio Locatelli.

By purchasing Crowns, the official currency of Taste of London (£1 = 2 Crowns), you can sample some of the British capital's best restaurant dishes. Priced at an average of 9 Crowns each, dishes range from modern British at Rhodes Twenty Four to the continental flavours of Theo Randall at The Intercontinental Hotel, on to the spicy treats at Asia de Cuba and The Tamarind and including just about everything in between. Most of the restaurants represented also offer a more expensive Icon dish that really showcases the talents of their chefs. I can't wait to try the Lobster Cocktail with Summer Truffles in Tomato Jelly at Le Gavroche or perhaps I'll indulge in the King Crab and Rice Cracker Croquette at Sake No Hana. The choices are endless and the only restrictions are your wallet and your waistline!

Presented by Channel 4 in partnership with British Airways, there is something for everyone at Taste of London from live cooking demonstrations by Michelin starred chefs and other top kitchen talent in the Taste Theatre to wine tasting and other live demonstrations. There is even a Laurent Perrier Champagne Masterclass (at an extra charge).  Another feature is the first ever charity pop-up restaurant in aid of Action Against Hunger with dishes from Simon Rogan, Paul Merrett and Valentine Warner to name but a few. Lots of food producers are exhibiting and you can sample and shop the latest and best foodie tastes and gadgets till you drop. With all this set in the beautiful surroundings of London's Regent's Park it's a great way to spend a few hours (hopefully) in the sunshine!

Tickets start at £22 (£26 on the door) and range right up through to VIP tickets - including a glass of champagne and access to the VIP lounge - from £55.  If you want to include the Laurent Perrier Champagne Masterclass, tickets start at £75. It's definitely a great place to spend an evening with family and friends enjoying great food, wine and a convivial atmosphere in the heart of London and I am seriously looking forward to attending tomorrow evening's session with mine.

For tickets and more information, visit the Taste of London website by clicking here.

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