It had been far too long since The Dumbwaiter had dined at 34 in Mayfair and he returned this week for dinner. Creed Fragrances on Mount Street have partnered with the Caprice Holdings restaurant on South Audley Street this month to do a special cocktail and dessert. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a classic shrimp cocktail and a generous portion of Cote de Boeuf followed by the Creed coconut dessert.
The Dumbwaiter had sort of forgotten about Machiya opening on Panton Street, next to his office on Haymarket. The cosy restaurant’s menu has some classic Japanese dishes including pork katsu, chicken yakitori and grilled eel with rice. However, it was the selection of macha desserts that really stole the show – both visually and taste wise.
Every now and then, a simple dinner of steak and chips washed down with red wine is exactly what one wants. Last Friday, The Dumbwaiter headed to Marylebone to pick up a copy of the new Monocle Weekly Summer Newspaper before grabbing a glass of chilled white at Clarette. He then decided to have dinner at Le Relais de Venise and manged to miss the usual queues.
Queues aren’t just for restaurants… Soho sneaker emporium Supreme has a line outside every week when new stock arrives but the Dumbwaiter thinks the crowds would be better off across the road in the original Bone Daddies on Peter Street, where a kani tonkotsu is hearty and delicious (why have pork or crab stock when you can have both?). Stamina was restored after slurping and crunching through a bowlful so rich it was impossible to have space left for a mochi ice cream.
The Dumbwaiter went back to Spring this week for the pre-theatre Scratch menu, before heading off to see An American in Paris. He enjoyed a plate of pickles with Wensleydale followed by beef trim kofte with warm tomatoes, polenta and grilled leeks. The star of the show, though, was a delicious broken hazelnut meringue with overripe raspberries. In and out in under an hour, with three fantastic courses for just £20; if you haven’t been, go (and if you have, go again).