The Dumbwaiter spent the bank holiday weekend in Mallorca and for his final evening he ventured for dinner at the Sea Club at Hotel Cap Rocat. The hotel’s sea front restaurant has one of the most beautiful vistas and almost distracts diners from their food. However, The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a fish supper including a fresh plate of grilled prawns with oil and garlic followed by a salt baked sea bass.
Snatching a last glimpse of summer sunshine, The Dumbwaiter motored out to wildest Wiltshire for a marvellous lunch at The Compasses Inn at Chicksgrove, eating a black pudding scotch egg and some lamb cutlets with salsa verde. What made them exemplary was the landlord, Ben Maschler, who’s taken over the 14th century thatched-roof pub – good taste runs in the family. Next time we might book a cosy upstairs room and run through the local beers too.
To Palatino for a feast prepared by Gary Usher and pals to say thanks to people who crowdfunded his new opening Wreckfish. Lazy Susan loved meeting food lovers from all over the country at one big table, and everyone loved watching Stevie Parle, Callum Franklin and Gary bring their dishes to the one big central table. Spinach and ricotta rotolo and caramel tart were fab, but Franklin’s now fabled beef wellington drew the most attention.
Flat Iron Square, just a stone’s throw away from Borough Market, is slowly but surely building a reputation to challenge that of its well know culinary neighbour. A particular highlight is Bar Douro, purveyor of all things Portuguese. The Dumbwaiter took post at the bar and had to exercise restraint not to work his way through the whole menu. Particular highlights were the Prego favada (onglet steak) and Leitão (suckling pig).
Last Friday night The Dumbwaiter returned to a favourite spot on Exmouth Market, Santore. The rustic-looking trattoria is consistently one of the busiest restaurants along the buzzy street, turning out reliably good pizza and pasta. The Dumbwaiter bagged a big table with friends and enjoyed broccoli and salsicca orecchiette and helped a few others with their pizza. The laid back atmosphere and well-priced menu make it a hard place not to like.