Celebrate gourmet London

Gourmet food from Street Kitchen is just one of the reasons why foodies will want to be in the capital for the second London Restaurant Festival this October. Even more tastebuds are set to be tickled this year.

Chefs Mark Jankel and Jun Tanaka in Street Kitchen

Foodies will want to be in the capital during 4-18 October for the second London Restaurant Festival. A huge success last year, the festival looks set to be even bigger and
tastier this year.

Salmon and beetroot

One of this year’s new ventures is Street Kitchen, with Jun Tanaka of Pearl Restaurant and Mark Jankel of The Food Initiative taking to the streets in an airstream kitchen, cooking up gourmet food for people to eat on the go. Street Kitchen launches in Covent Garden on 4 October and goes on to two other landmark London locations, finishing at the end of the festival in Old Spitalfields Market on 18 October. The New York-style street van will sell a seasonal British menu, with ingredients sourced from sustainable and organic UK farms and producers.

One of the most entertaining events is planned again this year: The Gourmet Odyssey takes you on a liveried double-decker Routemaster London bus to a different restaurant for each course of your meal (kicked off with a champagne reception, of course!). There’ll be gourmet dining on the London Eye, a Big Quiz hosted by Le Café Anglais (tickets include a three-course Festival Menu created by chef patron Rowley Leigh), festival menus around the capital’s restaurants and another new event this year: The London Restaurant Festival Big Quiz, at King’s Place, on the controversial subject “Is French Food a spent force?”. Proposing the motion will be London’s Chair of Food Rosie Boycott alongside broadcaster Janet Street-Porter. They will be up against Francophile food writer Jonathan Meades and the Sunday Times’ restaurant critic AA Gill. The evening starts with an equal representation of French and British cocktails and canapés.

Further information on Street Kitchen at www.streetkitchen.co.uk and about the London Restaurant Festival at www.londonrestaurantfestival.com.