A taste of cruise cuisine: Celebrity Cruises comes to Taste of London 2014
One of the most important aspects of choosing a holiday venue – whether it be a hotel or cruise ship – is the food. And with this in mind, the team behind Celebrity Cruises – who offer adventures all over the world – have created an opportunity for those considering one of their vessels to essentially ‘try before you buy’ – at least when it comes to the food and atmosphere.
On the opening night of this year’s Taste Of London festival, I was lucky enough to secure a seating at Celebrity Cruises’ Deck Fourteen – a pop-up restaurant inspired by their Lawn Club Grill. Chefs from their ships will be cooking in the alfresco kitchen so you can see how they prepare the dishes. To complement your food, there is also be a sommelier hosting a wine tasting, talking you through some new and up and coming movers and shakers on the vineyard scene.
Dining is a rather different affair as we were placed at stools overlooking the kitchen so could enjoy the full aromas wafting from the grill and speak to the chefs about the ingredients and cooking process. The sun was shining so the atmosphere was happy and relaxed as we sat watching the chefs preparing our tasting dishes and enjoyed the wine tasting.
One of the first dishes on offer was a Lamb Cutlet (Chargrilled with Za’atar and lemon, Brussels sprouts and bacon garnish), which was served alongside a lovely red – Cossetti Barbera ‘La Vigna Vecchia’ 2011 from Piedmont. I’m not a huge fan of reds usually, but I really enjoyed the soft, fruity flavour.
The second meat offering was a Chargrilled 35 Day Dry Aged Steak, which appeared to be particularly popular with the tasters. It was complemented by a glass of Maal ‘Biutiful’ Malbec 2013 from Mendoza, which is one of the rising stars from Argentina’s vineyards.
Finally, there was a Prawn Tabbouleh (Chargrilled with lemon yoghurt dressing) and served on a bed of cous cous, which was full of flavour. I could easily eaten more of them, they were delicious. Alongside we drank a Vignes De Joanny Macon Davaye 2012, a light white which I particularly liked.
Celebrity Cruises’ Deck Fourteen is on at Taste Of London from 18 – 22 June 2014. Entrance to Taste Of London – Standard Adults: £24, Standard Children: £12. Crowns are the currency used to purchase food and drink at Taste Of London (£1 = 1 crown). Regent’s Park. Chester Road, NW1 4NR. Nearest tube: Regent’s Park or Camden Town. For booking and more information, visit the Taste Of London website.
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