It’s the last day of this summer’s Taste of London, so here’s a little round-up of the biggest and best that the restaurant festival had to offer – and a bit of food droolage for you…

Taste of London brings together 40 of London’s top restaurants, appearances from Michelin-starred chefs, stalls bulging with local produce and street food trucks aplenty. Strangely, our day took a turn towards a seafood affair, and this is what’s so great about Taste of London – you can stick to one type of cuisine and your experience can be just as varied as dipping in and out of all sorts.

Most obsessed with…

Sushisamba descended (literally) from east London’s Heron Tower, found a nice little spot by the pink beanbags and stole the show. The fresh shrimp tempura wasa roll with quinoa, shisito, coriander, wagyu, chorizo, spicy mayo and red onion was so beautifully presented it would have been tragic to walk on by – and are we glad we stopped in our tracks. We were so impressed we had to take on the tuna ceviche (see picture above) and finish with the dessert: “With Love from Rio”, with “pure Brazil” dark chocolate, coffee mousse, tonka bean ice cream served with caramelised macademia and lemon sorrel.

Winner of the prettiest dish goes to…

Theo Randall, from Mayfair’s InterContinental, served his scallops (see picture above) in a beautiful shell sprinkled with pancetta and baby capers. Delicate and refined.

What’s best to wash it all down?

Now I’m a cider girl, so Mortimer’s Orchard would be my tipple of choice. And it’s scattered throughout London’s pubs too, so wherever you end up this summer, from Clapham, Parsons Green and Shepherd’s Bush, to Mile End, Crouch Hill and St James’s Park, there’s a pub to quench your thirst with this smooth beverage – not too sweet, not too dry, always chilled for hot summer days.

And who saved the day..?

When we thought all was lost, and only had seven crowns left to our name (Taste of London’s currency) and couldn’t decide how best to spend our “last supper”, Belgravia’s Mango Tree piped up and offered us a mix of two dishes: a rich and creamy red curry with slow-cooked beef and pea aubergine, and a vegetable selection counteracting its inherent healthy nature with a “healthy” smothering of crispy batter, drizzled with sweet chilli sauce. Lush.

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Battered vegetables with sweet chilli sauce and slow-cooked beef in red curry from Mango Tree

Find out more on Taste of London HERE.

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