I have found myself in Regent's Park at the same time every year for the last three years. Yes, it's summer and the sun is out so it would make sense that I would visit my favourite London park more often (well.... lets not get too far ahead of ourselves, we are in London after all). My motivation for visiting, however, was more food-related. London's biggest and most relevant food festival, Taste of London, is held here every year! All of London's top restaurants open stands and exhibit their best dishes in mini-form to thousands of foodies! From Duck and Waffle's signature dish to Kurobuta's pork belly buns to L'Autre Pied's michelin-starred dishes, this festival is sure to satisfy anyone with an empty stomach.
This year, I decided to make a plan of which restaurants I wanted to try. Unfortunately, I didn't realise that Hoppers and the Typing Room were only visiting on certain days so I didn't get to sample their dishes. Luckily, there was still a plethora of restaurants to choose from.
I started off with the Ibérico Pork Burger with Manchego at José Pizzaro. The burger was very rich and enjoyable but not as good as what is in my opinion, the best burger in London - at Opera Tavern.
The next restaurant I had in mind was Theo Randall at the Intercontinental - one of the best italian restaurants in London. Maybe it was Theo Randall's presence that was responsible for the best dish I had that day - Cappelletti di vitello (handmade pasta stuffed with slow cooked veal and pancetta with porcini mushrooms).
The next dish was more of a snack. I tried the Iberico Ham Toast at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction. As a lover of Iberico ham, it was a great way to keep my taste buds occupied until I tried my last savoury dish.
Last stop was Michael Reid's M restaurant where I tried the Smoked 48 Hour Cooked Short Rib. This was the best presented dish I had all day and luckily the flavours came through as well. The buttermilk purée was stunning!
Also, before leaving, we tried a yummy serving of Jude's ice-cream.
Note that there's more to Taste of London than the restaurants though. There are loads of stands selling fine wine, artisan coffee and tea in addition to a good selection of cool bars, cooking shows and chill-out spots to keep you occupied while you chow down.
Regent's Park, NW1 5HA
Entrance tickets from £16 (everything else paid for by card or cash)
More info on Taste of London here