London is world renowned for its museums and in recent years these great spaces have really started to up their food game. So it was to the Garden Café, the new café space at London’s Garden Museum. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed the Risi e bisi (essentially a risotto) and beetroot with bobby beans and walnuts, but it was the succulent crispy pig’s cheek with damson that left The Dumbwaiter wanting to go back for more.
To Heddon Street, which is slowly transforming itself into a proper restaurant enclave, for dinner at Magpie. The newest restaurant from Sam Herlihy and James Ramsden of Pidgin has taken inspiration from State Bird Provisions in San Francisco with its dim sum trolley style service that lets diners choose from a selection of around 15 small plates brought to the table.
The Dumbwaiter likes it when old acquaintances pop up out of nowhere so it was an enjoyable midweek lunch at Machiya on Panton Street to catch up over Japanese food. The little sister to Kanada-Ya served up tasty chicken yakitori skewers, wagyu-katsu and baked sweet potato, bathed in a soy-citrus butter.
New to Clapham Common, just a few doors down from The Dairy, is Minnow from partners Chris Frichot and Saba Tsegaye. The Dumbwaiter headed down on Wednesday evening to work his way through the menu from crispy chicken skin with aioli, to charred lamb rump to caramelised watermelon with Campari. The runaway favourite, though, was the side dish of roast cauliflower with an outrageously tasty cauliflower puree.
The Dumbwaiter enjoys a bit of fish on a Friday so headed to Bonnie Gull on Fitzrovia’s Foley Street for haddock and triple cooked chips with mushy peas. Always an obliging companion, Lazy Susan enjoyed a lovely piece of cod with chorizo. Bonnie Gull is now approaching its 5th birthday and The Dumbwaiter is interested to see what’s coming next for the seafood specialists.