The London dining scene is constantly changing, and in 2014 a host of new cuisines and unusual ideas are set to take the city by storm. In turn corporate entertaining will take on a brand new look, as events industry professionals take note of the newest and most innovative ideas on the food scene.
Last year we saw an explosion in popularity for street food, something which will continue in 2014. We’re also looking forward to the unveiling of some very interesting new technology – 3D printing is the one to watch.
Here’s how to take your event catering to the next level with our top ten foodie trends.
3D Food Printing
Yes, really. Although 3D printing is still suffering a few teething problems, this innovative new idea is set to really take off in 2014 – and that includes edible printing. We can’t wait to get our hands on one of these machines, digital dining is finally within reach!
Coconuts are in vogue once more – and not just the humble coconut itself. We’re also experimenting with coconut oil, and rehydrating with coconut water. It’s easy to see why this exotic treat is so popular, its benefits range from keeping our hearts healthy to suppressing appetite, making it just perfect for that January health kick.
Every new year needs a new grain, doesn’t it? We’ve got it on good authority that this year’s official grain is buckwheat, often served as an alternative to rice. Buckwheat has been linked to lowered risk of cholesterol and high blood pressure, and it tastes great too. We think it’s a real superfood.
Last year saw a surge in Korean restaurants, and this year’s cuisine of choice will be Filipino food, which combines the styles of Malay, Spanish, Chinese and American cooking to create a true hotbed of flavours, from elaborate paellas to unusual combinations such as Puchero (beef in bananas and tomato sauce!)
Bold Flavour Fusion
Londoners have become accustomed to bigger, bolder flavours over the past few years, and this is set to take on a new twist in 2014 when restaurants begin introducing new fusions and flavour combinations to get us talking. The focus here is on simplicity, with dishes heavily influenced by Asian ingredients.
The humble roast chicken becomes haute rôtisserie this year, with many of the capital’s finest restaurants putting a Michelin spin on one of our all time favourites. Well, you can’t beat a good roast, can you?
We’re not talking about the tasty ingredients fashioned into soil by the likes of René Redzepi and Heston Blumenthal here – we’re talking actual earth. Tokyo restaurant Ne Quittez Pas launched an entirely soil-based menu last year, and according to chef Yoshihiro Narisawa soil is rich in umami. Whether it’ll catch on in London remains to be seen…
Coffee bars have been big news for years, but the humble pot of tea seems to have been a little forgotten. This terrible oversight will be righted this year, with plenty of luxury tea bars springing up across London. We’ll be first in line.
Street Food Goes Mainstream
Street food exploded onto London’s dining scene in 2013, but this is one food trend that’s far from over. With an emphasis on exquisite cooking, fine ingredients and great value, street food vendors deliver some of the best food in the capital. This year street food will become more mainstream, as Londoners get acquainted with all it has to offer.
Nose to Tail Dining
“Waste not, want not,” say the restaurateurs of London town. And we’d have to agree on this one. This year will see more of an emphasis on lesser-used products, such as offal, with the city’s most talented chefs set to show us exactly how delicious these ingredients can be.
What would you most like to see on The London Kitchen menus this year? Haute Rôtisserie, edible soil or maybe something even more adventurous? Let us know via twitter (@londonkitchen) – we’re looking forward to hearing your ideas!
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