The Dumbwaiter took advantage of the seemingly never ending Bank Holidays to check out the latest lunch offering from Hyderabadi biryani specialist, Dum Biryani House. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a selection of 'snacks' before tucking into the new biryani and sabzi thalis. The unexpected star was a small plate of upma, salan, adrak pachadi – which, in case your Hindi isn't up to scratch, is a savoury semolina porridge with peanut, sesame and ginger – this is certainly not your average curry house.
The Dumbwaiter was glad to be reassured that the capital still boasts some of the finest exemplars of customer service in the world during a trip to Clipstone. The food was fantastic (the millefeuille of devilled rabbit and an array of desserts were particular highlights) but it is the front of house team that really sets this gem apart. Restaurants of London, take note.
The Dumbwaiter has been eagerly watching the Duck & Waffle Local in St James’s Market take shape from his office window so, armed with his rubber duck The Dumbwaiter and Lazy Susan tested out their new local. The Dumbwaiter opted for the classic Duck & Waffle (pictured) whilst Lazy Susan enjoyed The Duck Burger. The Dumbwaiter left confident that the new addition to St James would be a popular one.
To Fenchurch, the rooftop restaurant in Fenchurch Street’s Sky Garden, for a midweek lunch. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed Goodwood Estate beef tartare with white asparagus, before hopping across the channel (culinary speaking) for a plate of Anjou pigeon with heritage beetroots, golden raisins and pomegranate. With a view to rival the best in the city, it’s easy to see why tourists and Londoners alike flock up to the top, even with the now ubiquitous queue to clear security.
Following an afternoon sampling the delights of Notting Hill’s Portobello Road and building up quite an appetite, The Dumbwaiter made his way to Lisa’s – a Scandinavian sanctuary with a reputation for fantastic, authentic cuisine in a fun, lively setting. The place lived up to expectations and The Dumbwaiter enjoyed an extended stay in the bar after dinner. The toast Skagen was fresh and full of flavour and the meatballs did not disappoint either – a great spot!
Having recently spent some time in Hong Kong, The Dumbwaiter has been yearning for authentic Chinese buns and recently opened Bun House provides exactly that. The char siu pork bun went down a treat and for those with a sweeter tooth, the red choc bun is strongly recommended. So quick was the service, The Dumbwaiter even had time to head to Sisu for Negronis and Old Fashioneds - the newly refurbished rooftop bar should be a great spot this summer.