Discover Taste of London
Follow your nose directly to Pizarro as a first stop, where chef Jose Pizarro will be carving Jamón Ibérico from one of the world’s most revered producers, Cinco Jotas.
Widely regarded as some of the best Jamón you could wish to taste, the nutty flavour (the result of a diet of acorns or bellota) makes for a sensational pairing with ‘Nama’ Sake. ‘Namazake’ means unpasteurised sake in Japan and Natsuki Kikuya, the founder of Museum of Sake, will lead you through a potted history and tasting of several forms of the legendary drink taking over London’s trendiest bars and restaurants at Taste’s Wine & Spirits Theatre.
Next take a stroll towards M, the new restaurant taking London by storm. Head chef Mike Reid (of Gaucho fame) has put together a menu with expansive flavours. Go for the 48 hour cooked short ribs. These morsels of meat fall of the bone and come complete with buttermilk puree and textures of onion. Pure indulgence at its best!
A mid-point coffee is a well-deserved treat at this stage. No better a place to visit than Electric Coffee who’ll guide you towards unexpected flavours from beans grown around the world, and enlightening stories from the people who grow it.
Fully energised on caffeine, it’s time to discover the vast array of produce from more than 200 producers at Taste. Find the most wonderful hand-picked Italian ingredients from Peri Eagleton and David Harrison at Seggiano, then to accompany pick up a bottle of Mokhado’s summery Apricot Kernel Oil, pressed by family-owned groves in their native South Africa. Gifts for absent gastronauts are in abundance, but a perfect truckle of Little Black Bomber cheese from Snowdonia Cheese Co; winner of The Great British Cheese Awards, Nantwich International Cheese Awards and the World Cheese Awards; is one you might think twice about giving away.
As recuperation from the retail therapy make your way to Cinnamon Club for a dish of Mango Shrikhand with Summer Berries and Cardamom Meringue. Vivek Singh’s Gujarati speciality is a fine way to cool down in the sunshine before finishing up at Celebrity Cruises’ Lawn Club with a glass of something unusual, recommended by Master of Wine, Oz Clarke himself.