The Dumbwaiter has always been a big fan of BAO – both the food and interiors. The team behind the Soho and Fitzrovia restaurants have opened a third spot on Rupert Street next to the Palomar. The stunning interiors of XU (pronounced ‘shu’) have been designed by Shayne Brady, who did the interiors of Bellanger in Islington, and the attention to detail from the stemwear to the drawers for your bags under the booths is exceptional. Food included chilled clams, XO Carabinero prawn, cuttlefish toast and Char Siu Iberico pork.
The food scene in Covent Garden is improving every week with a strong focus on Henrietta Street. The Experimental Group have opened their latest venture, the Henrietta hotel with the restaurant in collaboration with Ollie Dabbous. After a cocktail at the cosy bar, The Dumbwaiter took a seat in the dining room that has some rather funky and unusually shaped furniture with the open kitchen in the far distance of the room. The meal started with a grilled flatbread of freshly picked crab, garlic butter and coastal herbs followed by beef tartare with nasturtium and rye and a main course of roast Cornish day-boat cod with warm potted shrimps.
On the cusp of Yorkshire countryside just outside Harrogate, food emporium Fodder boasts a stellar butcher, deli, shop and café offering the best of Yorkshire’s home grown produce. On a flying visit this week, Lazy Susan enjoyed a perfect full English on the sunny terrace whilst watching a farmer and his sheepdog rounding up the herd in Crimple Valley below.
Madame D is the second outpost from Harneet and Devina Baweja - the husband and wife duo behind Gunpowder - and offers up a taste of Himalayan cuisine. The result is a collection of highly varied dishes from across South East Asia from Nepalese inspired pork to Tibetan pan fried duck. The standout dish for The Dumbwaiter was the naga chilly beef puff.
The Dumbwaiter spent Thursday evening getting his fill of American comfort food at the new Dirty Bones site in Soho. Making his way through the menu, he checked off the mac and cheese filled Mac Daddy burger, some particularly tasty short rib tacos, crispy lamp fries and the kale and chili salad (for balance). This was all washed down with negronis before heading off into the Soho sunset.