So I got to go to Taste of London last week, as a little work treat, and can I just say I dig it now?!
Like, no one seems to like it if you ask them, although everyone seems to be there at least one evening every single year.
I was a novice when we attended last Thursday, but I can definitely say I would go back, even if the queues were insane, and it was packed, and the food was expensive – or not, depends on how you see it?! – it was definitely something I will look forward to next year.
I have mainly hit 3 places with some colleagues of mine, and it might be enough to say that they were insane, and we all loved it a lot. Of course, we had a drink as soon as we stepped in, cheerfully all together before exploring the very big space this spreads into. The places we have tried were these:
They might sound like your safe bet, and also I have been to the three before, but they did not disappoint: the Bao was spicy and chunky, the Fairfax was just as slutty as it gets and who does not love a S’More?!
The Fried Chicken Bao was spicy, chunky and juicy, it is served in the bun you usually get your Black Cod in and it is served at the newly opened restaurant in Borough Market – I have yet to go, but it does look amazing already!
The Fairfax Sandwich from eggslut in all it’s glory: silky, buttery, and creamy scrambled eggs with cheese, relish, and a spicy sriracha mayo, all enclosed in the softest bun ever. They are about to open their first London shop on the 7th of August in Portobello Road and I cannot.bloody.wait!
And we ended the evening with a bang, a proper sugar-rush kind of bang: Dominique Ansel’s S’more was a sugary treat we did not expect to like as much as we did. The good thing about these at Taste of London was the different flavors from the one he offers at the bakery, and you could choose from Banoffee, Strawberries & Cream or Blackberry & Elderflower. I – of course – went for the strawberries & cream: they torch it as you order it, then dip it in freeze-dried strawberries and place it in a little cardboard box with a stick. It is so heavy and packed, the stick may not be able to hold the weight, so this picture was literally a fight with time and gravity. The terrible thing about this? They do not serve it anywhere else…
So for the first year ever at Taste of London, I might say it was a good experience overall and would do it again – to 2020!