We may be short of leopards, lions and zebras in London town, but it’s the perfect location for a restaurant safari as I discovered last night when I ate a starter, main and pud in three of the city’s best eateries.
To mark this year’s Taste of London event, where 45 of the capital’s top restaurants create pop-up stalls for a foodie fest in Regent’s Park, first stop on my tour was the Savoy for a starter of slow cooked pork belly and prawn Carpaccio with citrus. Succulent and sharp, it went down a treat with a delish Pinot Gris. Then it was straight to Gordon Ramsay’s Maze for a main of melt-in-the-mouth braised beef featherblade, smoked onion puree, shimiji mushrooms and togarashi spice, followed by the restaurant’s signature lobster dim sum.
I was so stuffed I could barely move, but somehow I summoned up the strength to head to Theo Randall at The Intercontinental for a huge piece of divine soft chocolate cake with mascarpone accompanied by a yummy Italian dessert wine which had just the right level of sweetness without being cloying. But I scoffed the lot which proves my theory that I have a second stomach that, however much I’ve eaten, is always able to accommodate chocolate…
Taste of London is in Regent’s Park from 21-24 June. Tickets cost from £24. Reserve yours at Tastefestivals.com/london.