After a boozy couple of hours making cocktails at TT Liquor on Kingsland Road, The Dumbwaiter and Lazy Susan hopped over to Hoxton Square’s Radio Alice. A seat at the bar provided excellent entertainment from the open kitchen, which served up masterful pizza; crisp and blistered on the outside but soft and light on the inside. The Dumbwaiter also appreciates that not all toppings get blasted by the heat of the oven but are added just before serving to let them shine.
When summer appears briefly in early April, there’s really only one place to enjoy an alfresco brunch: the Towpath Café. Its situation on the Regent’s Canal is something of a suntrap and with bunches of wildflowers and mismatched primary-coloured furniture, one is transported out of East London entirely. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a jumbo sausage sandwich and a Millie’s special – spiced avocado and chopped boiled egg on sourdough – whilst getting a little burnt.
The Dumbwaiter was in Manchester this week for the first CODE North Industry Night of the year so couldn’t miss out on a visit to Bundobust, the vegetarian Indian street food restaurant that has gained critical acclaim from a certain Mr Rayner. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed tucking into bhel puri and masala dosa, but it was the little pot of fresh coconut chutney that really set the whole meal alive. At just £7 for two dishes at lunch, the Dumbwaiter will be back.
The Dumbwaiter ventured down to Peckham last Saturday for dinner at Artusi. The Italian restaurant was buzzing with locals enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed an Italian rosé and a bowl of rigatoni with courgettes and chilli.
The Pig & Butcher by name and reputation sounded like the perfect place for a meaty treat. Funny, then, that The Dumbwaiter should panic order fish when dining there this week. Thankfully the grilled skate with asparagus, fennel, and lemon-tarragon butter was perfect. But The Dumbwaiter couldn’t resist stealing some smoky onglet and umami heavy hogget from his companion’s plates.