80 Tastes at St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel

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Champagne and canapes at St James’ Courtyard

History and background:

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Along with 9 other bloggers, (to name a few, I had the lovely chance to meet – Miho from wandertowander, Radio and TV presenter @Anushka_Arora, Jaklien from passportandtoothbrush, Jo from 60before30, Chef and blogger Rosie from alittlelusciousness) together, we had the opportunity to take a first look at the ’80 tastes’ pop-up due to roll out at St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel. Devised to guide diners to a culinary journey within the vicinity of St James’ Court, a tranquil and upscale dining community, minutes away from Buckingham Palace.

‘Around the world with 80 tastes’ introduces us to 4 of these restaurants, cuisines and dining styles differ in each eatery, from Southern European cuisine to South Western Sri-Lankan.

History with A Taj Hotel starts from 1902, constructed with discretion and perfection, guests of Buckingham Palace would frequent here, to witness the sound architectural design that surrounds it.

The meal:

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Upon arrival to St James’ Courtyard, we’re met with champagne and canapes for a bit of what you would call al-fresco dining.

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Laurent-Perrier champagne flight was complemented with 3 canapes – smoked salmon,

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scallop and avocado ceviche

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ratatouille on toast

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Subtle wasabi taste topped with some light greens

Following our ‘amuse bouches’ at the Courtyard, we were led onto Bistro51 for our starters, seared tuna steak with potato cubes in wasabi, and a side salad.

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Tuna steak

An eye-opening start to the private dining room at Quilon for our mains, rated 1 Michelin star and led by Head Chef Sriram Aylur. Spices and flavours are brought out by using the freshest of British ingredients to create a blend of South West Indian cuisine.

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Highlight of the night starring Quilon

Neat leaf plating with a range of seafood, including peppered shrimp, grilled scallop, crab cake and fish curry flavoured with Sri Lankan influences, cocunut, chilli and raw mango.

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malabar pratha bread

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Scallops are my weakness – grilled to perfection

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Bloggers aren’t bloggers if we don’t have lighting… or 2 cameras! @AKBoogie @alittlelusciousness

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Restaurant Kona was next, serving Modern European cuisine

Kona balances luxurious indulgence with delightfully fresh simplicity.

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Cheese crusted chicken and red poblano, tuscan panzanella salad

The chicken was slightly dry for me, but the salad and condiments helped bring up the flavour. Crusted with parmesan meant you can smell the cheesy aroma as you bite into the chicken, pretty mouth-watering.

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The final course for the night of course ends with desserts

Not sure about the red plates here, certainly beautiful crockery, but I’m not so sure it colour co-ordinates well with the chocolate! (Primary, secondary and tertiary colours or whatnot!)

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Manjari parfait with chocolate ganache and chocolate sorbet

Price: ££

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