The Dumbwaiter went along to the first CODE Hospitality industry dinner at Picture Marylebone on Monday evening. The preview of the 6-course spring menu included a refreshing cucumber gazpacho, spiced carrots with yoghurt, kale and cracked wheat and 28-day aged beef, bone marrow crumb and red wine sauce. Ellis Wines had also put on some special wines at industry friendly prices including a St Veran.
It’s all go in Victoria at the moment and The Dumbwaiter seems to be spending a lot of time in restaurants in SW1. He’s a big fan of Jason Atherton’s Hai Cenato and now has another reason to return after eating at The Other Naughty Piglet. Located in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace Theatre, Margaux Aubrey and Joe Sharratt have opened a second outpost of their French-Anglo restaurant. After scaling the marble staircase, The Dumbwaiter tucked into Devon crab with white cabbage and a peanut and XO linguine with cured egg yolk.
Every now and then, a restaurant opens in London that The Dumbwaiter falls a bit in love with. His current infatuation is Juan Santa Cruz’s Isabel on Albemarle Street. The restaurant has been designed by the Chilean restaurateur – not only does it look beautiful, it smells rather fabulous too thanks to a bespoke fragrance. The Dumbwaiter visited Isabel early on Wednesday morning for a healthy breakfast of avo and eggs.
Kitty Fisher’s is still one of The Dumbwaiter’s favourite locals and the Shepherd Market restaurant has a new head chef. As well as keeping some of the classics such as whipped cod’s roe on toast and the off-menu Galician beef, George Barson is knocking out some great dishes such as Iberico pork with hispi cabbage, apple and wild garlic and duck breast with celeriac with turnip tops and pickled mustard seeds.
The Dumbwaiter is a big fan of Bone Daddies and Shackfuyu is no exception. It was the newly launched brunch menu that caught The Dumbwaiter’s eye, particularly the signature Korean Fried Wings, Crispy Duck Leg bun and Salmon Tataki. However it was the hot stone rice with sesame, chilli and beef that stole the show (pictured).