Taste of London- Regents Park London
After 5 years of badgering the missus (who goes every year for work) finally got an invite and miraculously the weather held out.
Kappa Meen - Traditional Kerala fish curry with Shallots, Ginger, Ground spices and Kokum; Tapioca mash with Coconut, Mustard and Curry leaves-
My favourite dish. Perfectly cooked fish, spot on spicing and the texture and taste of the tapioca mash was excellent.
Pork Belly Steamed Bun
Sriracha, Thai Basil and Mint-
Steamed bun was nice and the pork belly was moist and not too fatty but pretty underwhelming taste wise. Thai basil and mint got lost under the sriracha.
Seafood Sliders - Thai Mackerel & Shrimp, Lobster & Hollandaise, Fish fingers & Tartare served in Brioche buns-
A mixed bag mackerel and shrimp slider had a good flavour and texture. Lobster one tasted more like a pub salmon burger, v wierd. The fish finger was perfectly flaky and moist,with a good crisp crumb. Let down by a tartare sauce without enough poke. All the brioche buns were really hard and crispy.
DUCK & WAFFLE
Spicy Ox Cheek doughnut, Apricot jam-
It's taken me a while to get my head round maple syrup and bacon so this was never likely to appeal but had to try it. Large doughnut with very crisp exterior covered with paprika.Made it look like a 1970's scotch egg mad with paxo breadcrumbs. Once I'd breached the exterior, standard sugar dougnut with good flavoured ox cheek but the texture was too soft for my liking.
The apricot jam was a good counterpoint to the ox cheek.But sugared doughnut and ox cheek and paprika. No thanks.
Ibérico Pork and Foie Gras Burger with Manchego and Guindella-
The actual burger was great, porky and juicy. Bun was also nice but didn't detect any manchego. However the onions were too sweet and the mayonaise along with sweet pork made it all too cloying. The guindella pepper helped cut through the richness somewhat.
Confit of Roe Deer with Tea Marinated Prunes, Peanut Crumble & Turnips-
A decent size hunk of roe deer. It was though very dry but as with these events it's difficult to get the cooking spot. The crumble and turnips brought a nice textural contrast but not much flavour wise. The prunes though. with the deer were a revelation. A great combination.
A friend went (his girlfriend got free tickets as well) and was quite disappointed across the board.
I went years ago, and found the whole thing to be an utter disaster. Tickets are now somewhere in the £28 region, with food tokens on top. At those prices I can easily eat at most Michelin starred restaurants for a set menu, and actually have a chair, and not have to wait in a lineup for every course.
Was it busy?
It was pretty busy but to be fair the food came out pretty much straight away ,so not much waiting around.
Given that I wasn't bowled over by the dishes I tried I'd have been miffed if I'd paid for my ticket.
As it was I ended spending nearly £50 ,which included a couple of beers.I was thinking the same as you that for this kind of money you could eat at a 1* and sit down.
Don't think I'll go again.