Earlier this year Seb Holmes brought Highbury’s vacant San Daniele back to life with his Farang pop up, which seems to be getting more permanent by the day. Taking advantage of their new Tuesday evening service, The Dumbwaiter tucked into fiery prawn and pomegranate miang bites, mar hor, turmeric butter roti and a green curry with Cornish sea bream and tiger prawns.
So it was to Balthazar for a mid-week breakfast. The Dumbwaiter couldn't resist the Omelette Arnold Bennett - supposedly the perfect omelette created by the Savoy during an extended stay by novelist Arnold Bennett during which he wrote an entire novel. This version seems to stay true to the classic and proved a suitably inspiring start to the day.
This week saw the launch of the ever reliable Taste of London. After a champagne reception and some tasty nibbles from Jose Pizarro, The Dumbwaiter headed out to explore what the festival had to offer as it headed into its 15th edition. Highlights included crispy pig’s head croquettes from Portland and Oldroyd’s spinach & ricotta malfatto but it was Jamavar’s meltingly tender lamb chops that stole the show.
The Dumbwaiter has pined for a proper Jewish deli offering in London along the lines of Russ & Daughters in New York. Finally two have come at once, one of which is part of the line up at the Ned. Zobler's - named after the owner of Sydell Group who run the hotel part of the new Soho House site in the City - does all your usual Jewish classics including a banging Reuben.
A late morning brunch on the sunny terrace of Brindisa Shoreditch was an excellent cure for The Dumbwaiter’s sore head. With coffee, orange juice and bloody mary in hand, The Dumbwaiter made his way through some pan con tomate before choosing the Alicante style arroz negro, made to order with bomba rice, squid, mussels and alioli (pictured).