The Intercontinental London Park Lane Presents Harry Sasson’s Club Colombia:
Writing about food can lead to overeating. My growing dependence on the 5:2 Diet is one of the results. But, for me at least it’s very hard to resist the opportunity to try cuisines that I’d have to travel half way round the world for when there’s a chance to do so in London. This year I’ve tried some great Peruvian food, fabulous steaks and more from Argentina, Japanese Ramen, a whole tour of Indian Cuisine and Chinese Dim Sum to name but a few. But I haven’t found anywhere offering Colombian food, until now. The Intercontinental have invited one of South America’s most celebrated chefs, Harry Sasson, to take over Cookbook Cafe from 17th to 25th of May and showcase the best of his modern Colombian cuisine.
Right on the top of South America, bisected by the Equador, Colombia has both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, moutains and jungle. Colombian food has influences from Spain, Africa and Asia, and of course its own strong culinary heritage. We all know of Colombian Coffee, one of the best quality coffees in the World, but I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about the indigenous cuisine. Harry now has five restaurants in Bogota, but before he opened his first, he spent a year travelling through Colombia looking for the best local dishes that he could serve. And, his aim to take diners through a culinary journey, exploring the history and culture of Colombia seems to have paid off.
I’m intrigued to find out more about Empanaditas Bogotanas – Bogota style empanadas stuffed with beef and potatoes and served with a chilli sauce. But then there are dishes with a real Caribbean slant – how about ‘Creole rice stew with shrimp, spices and coconut milk’ or ‘Crab backs al estilo sanandresano’ (again cooked in coconut milk and spices).
The event is running from 17th to the 25th May, with lunch and dinner options and a special weekend brunch on 25th May. While I know of some excellent South American restaurants in London including Coya and Zoilo, I haven’t found one that serves Colombian food. So for me this is a unique chance to learn more about the cuisine of Colombia. In partnership with the Embassy of Colombia, this is part of the Intercontinental London Park Lane’s series of Gourmet food festivals.
Well worth a visit, I shall be popping along, but wanted to make sure that readers of London-Unattached got the dates in their diary nice and early.
Intercontinental London Park Lane
One Hamilton Place
London W1J 7QY
tel 020 7318 8573