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3 New Restaurants You Must Try at Taste of London 2012


Published 23 April 2012

It’s that time of the year again – Taste of London returns this year, bigger and better than ever at Regent’s Park! More than 40 top London restaurants will be here over the four days to showcase their signature dishes and new creations, and lots of food & drink stands will mean that if you’re a foodie like me, it’s best to leave the credit cards at home than tempt fate!

If you’ve been to Taste of London before, you might wonder if it’s worth going again. While some of the restaurants there will be the same (think Yauatcha, Benares, and Launceston Place), there’s quite a number of new restaurants this year at Taste of London, especially since the London food scene has been very active this past year with many new openings. And what better place to try out new food and some of the fresh creations from up and coming chefs than at Taste of London?

Here are some of the new restaurants at Taste of London 2012 that we’re excited to go try:

1. Barbecoa – Jamie Oliver’s restaurant at One New Change
The restaurant is a homage to butchery set in the heart of the City at One New Change. The menu is all about fantastic meat, seafood and quality seasonal ingredients being cooked in exciting ways. Fire, smoke, wood and charcoal are used to achieve deep, rich, earthy flavours. Cooking techniques from around the world are used to achieve the desired effects.

Dry-aged steaks, pulled pork and the Barbecoa burger are amongst the restaurant’s signature dishes, whilst an on-site butchery sells meats from specially selected farms, all delivered whole and butchered on-site.

2. Bar Boulud – new(ish) bistro in Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel
Set in bustling Knightsbridge, the Award winning Bar Boulud, London is a French inspired bistro and wine bar, which follows the successful format of Bar Boulud in New York. A full menu is based on seasonal, rustic French cooking and includes various signature dishes as well charcuterie specially prepared on site by a world class Charcutier. The Adam D. Tihany designed interior comprises of two large connecting rooms, the first with an impressive zinc topped bar and the second with a sleek open kitchen, allowing guests to watch the theatrical delights of the chefs at work. Additionally there are two private dining rooms which seat up to twenty guests for a more intimate affair.

3. The Corner Room – set in Town Hall & Apartments with Viajante, but less formal
The less formal sibling of Nuno Mendes’ Viajante at Bethnal Green Town Hall & Apartments, The Corner Room takes no reservations, has no phone number and largely keeps itself to itself.

The focus is on top quality ingredients, cooked simply and well, with just a few of Viajante’s creative modernist twists coming into play.

Clever dishes include the likes of clam & cod chowder, which isn’t soup at all, but rather a chunky cod fillet served with pristinely cooked clams, a sprinkling of sweetcorn, chopped potato and just a drizzle of creamy sauce.

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