The Dumbwaiter ventured to St Anton for a couple of nights last week to stay at the Hotel Tannenhof. The 5 star Superior hotel has only seven suites and prides itself on its restaurant headed up by English chef, James Baron. After a glass of Bollinger by the fire, The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a 5-course dinner cooked by Baron that included dishes such as venison tartare, sturgeon and some locally reared beef.
After St Anton, The Dumbwaiter jumped on the ÖBB to Vienna for the weekend. He was in search of the best schnitzel in town and found himself dining at Skopik & Lohn in the 2nd district of the Austrian capital. The restaurant was originally meant to open in New York but Manhattan’s loss is Vienna’s gain. A stellar schnitzel and a crisp bottle of Grüner Veltliner was a perfect start to the weekend.
It was off to Balans’s newest opening in Clapham Common for The Dumbwaiter earlier this week. Dinner kicked off with a much-needed cocktail or two alongside the Manchego & Serrano Ham Croquettes, which The Dumbwaiter wasn’t too keen to share with Lazy Susan! Followed by the Seared Duck Breast with caramelised chicory, fondant potato and ginger poached rhubarb. The Dumbwaiter left confident in the fact that Balans would be a hit with the residents of SW4.
Who doesn’t love a bit of Sexy Fish? And the Berkeley Square restaurant has now introduced a set lunch menu for £36 per person that’s available from Monday to Friday between 12pm-5.30pm. Kuikku – meaning quickly in Japanese – has dishes such as prawn gyoza, maki selection and vegetable tempura. That, alongside a couple of glasses of Champagne, makes for a perfect Mayfair lunch.
The Dumbwaiter was a big fan of Piquet in Fitzrovia and was excited to hear that he could have Allan Pickett’s food again in the capital now that he’s executive chef at the Swan at the Globe on Bankside. After a quick sharpener at Hixter Bankside, The Dumbwaiter settled into dinner in the upstairs dining room with a beautiful view over the Thames and St Pauls. A starter of terrine was followed by some salt marsh lamb chump chops.