Yesterday we headed down to Wardour Street for the second annual Soho Food Feast.
Even by London’s standards, there’s been a lot of foodie events taking place this weekend. There’s the Foodies Festival on Clapham Common, the Real Food Festival on the South Bank, Gizzi’s Street Feast barn party, Kerb at Polo in the Park and of course the Soho Food Feast. We were delighted to see that the sun was shining so we headed over there at around 1pm.
Each trader was serving a small portion for the equivalent of just £2. This was great because it made the afternoon feel like an al fresco 12 course tasting menu! Our first port of call was St. John Restaurant who were serving ox heart buns and their famous jam doughnuts.
They had the longest queue of day and by the time we got there they were on their last box of doughnuts. We weren’t ready for dessert but we bought two while we still had the chance and saved them for later. The ox heart bun came with horseradish and walnut dressing. It was lovely and meaty, almost like eating tender roast beef but more succulent and flavoursome. Who would’ve thought nose to tail dining would become so sought after?
Next we stopped off at Terroirs for some scallops with XO sauce. I’m pleased to say that they served the large, meaty scallop with the coral still attached and the saltiness of the XO sauce complimented it perfectly. We’ve been tempted to visit their restaurant in the past and have now officially added it to the list.
We’re often unconvinced by fusion cooking but credit where credit’s due. Cinnamon Soho’s chilli chicken massala mash was a really enjoyable dish. The chilli chicken was distinctly Chinese style, with a little heat. The massala mash was a perfect accompaniment and we made short work of it.
10 Greek Street were serving two dishes that really caught our eye. First there was a pot of Dorset crab served with asparagus, broad beans, chilli and mint. There was plenty of crab and a good mix of white and dark meat in there. The combination with the broad beans in particular worked well. They also had an excellent salt caramel tart so we bought a slice and saved it till we’d finished all the savoury dishes.
South and Central American food has started to take a real foot hold on the London food scene of late and the next three dishes were from that part of the world. First up it was the Peruvian sensation Ceviche. The dish, Don Ceviche was really refreshing and as well as the leche de tigre, it consisted of sea bass, sweet potato, chilli and red onion.
Brazilian barbecue restaurant Cabana were there will a full rotisserie grill. They made good use of it too. The BBQ chicken was nicely charred on the outside, juicy inside, not too sweet, not too tangy. It was served with some very tasty sweet potato fries. I hadn’t heard of Cabana before the event but I was impressed with what we had on the day.
The final dish of our tour of the Americas took us to Mexico courtesy of Mestizo’s cochinta pibil with nachos and habanero salsa. I didn’t find it hugely spicy but it was tangy and the pork was moist and soft. I’d have liked a couple more nachos though.
We had originally planned to get a slider from Meat Liquor and one from BRGR.CO so we could do a like for like comparison but Meat Liquor had sold out. Perhaps the reason why BRGR.CO hadn’t was that they made their meat go a lot further.
It wasn’t so much of a slider, more of a £2 coin sized patty in a bun. I know it’s a charity event and they will have had little or no margin, or maybe even made a loss but this was a stingy portion in comparison to what was on offer from other traders.
All that was left was for us to do was get two excellent salted caramel ice creams from Gelupo and make our way home. Stuffed piggies!