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Taste of London: Festive Edition round up

Taste of London: Festive Edition round up

by Felicity Spector 20 November 2015

Taste of London is one of the country's best food festivals, and this year's festive edition lets the capital's best chefs cook their interpretations of Christmas dishes. Felicity Spector went to the first night and uncovered some culinary delights.

Felicity Spector has worked in national television journalism for nearly thirty years, but has now combined her day job with an increasing interest in food writing in her spare time.

Christmas carols, a pop up dessert bar, a fire pit and the actual throne from Game of Thrones. This year's Taste of London's Festive Edition is undoubtedly the best yet – filling the atmospheric space at Tobacco Dock with some of the best chefs and restaurants in the city – as well as enough food and drink stalls to keep you going to Christmas and beyond.

If you're quick, you can sign up for a Chinese cooking class led by the redoubtable Jeremy Pang – or watch experts at AEG and Asda lead you through some festive cooking ideas. We couldn't resist a session at the main Taste stage where Roux Parliament Square chef Steve Groves was whipping up a caramelised banana soufflé with peanut butter ice cream and chocolate sauce. It was every bit as good as it sounds.

There are so many restaurants to choose from it was hard to know where to start. We began at Pont Street where Sophie Michell's justly famous burger was drawing crowds – "we bake all the buns fresh every morning", she told us: a sign of the real care that goes into each dish. Don't miss her rhubarb, gingerbread and custard trifle, either - another triumph.

Across the hall, Marcus Wareing was cheerily posing for selfies and signing copies of his books: Tredwell's short rib slider had already sold out, but we managed to secure a tub of the addictive salted caramel soft serve – not to be missed.

Marcus Wareing definitely proved very popular and so did Tredwell's short rib sliders!
Marcus Wareing definitely proved very popular and so did Tredwell's short rib sliders!
The highly addictive salted caramel soft serve, a signature at Tredwell's and not to be missed.
The highly addictive salted caramel soft serve, a signature at Tredwell's and not to be missed.
Pascal Aussignac and his Club Gaston were there serving Duck "Reuben" sandwiches.
Pascal Aussignac and his Club Gaston were there serving Duck "Reuben" sandwiches.

Seeking more savoury fare, we headed to the Truscott Cellar – the spelt risotto with colcannon, Ragstone goat's cheese, basil oil and nuggets of sweet black garlic was one of our top picks of the show. For meat lovers, the beef cheek with smoked mash also comes highly recommended. And also not to be missed: the Action Against Hunger stand, where top chefs including Dan Doherty and Sabrina Ghayour have come up with their own kebabs. Think slow-roasted duck with smoky aubergine, sumac and yoghurt, all topped with a beetroot and squash tabboulleh.

We popped into the small producers market in search of gift ideas but inevitably ended up buying things for ourselves: a wedge of Comté cheese, a jar of dangerously good cinnamon crunch spread from Piff Paff, and a box of fragrant mint and lemon grass tea from T2.

There was just time to fit in a trip to that pop up dessert bar, which hosts different bakers and pastry chefs every day. On opening night it was Maitre Choux, and we emerged happily munching a pair of their signature éclairs: pistachio and hazelnut praline. We wish it could be Christmas every day. At Taste of London it really is.

 
 

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