The Dumbwaiter kicked off the week catching up with some familiar faces at the latest CODE Industry Night hosted Bar Boulud in the Mandarin Oriental. Having been introduced to the surprisingly delicious combination of pink grapefruit gin and rose lemonade, he capped off the evening with a quick dinner at the bar. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed the beef tartar (pictured) whilst Lazy Susan tucked into the Yankee burger - all washed down with a glass of house red.
The Dumbwaiter never ate Clare Smyth's food at Royal Hospital Road so was intrigued when he was invited to dinner at her new restaurant in Notting Hill. Core is on the old Leith's site and has been beautifully designed Smyth with her kitchen proudly on display. The cooking, service and hospitality was all exemplary. Pictured is the skate with Morecambe Bay shrimps, swiss chard and brown butter.
To Annabel's for an Alice Temperley fashion show dinner. The British designer showcased her latest collection in the private members' club after a dinner of burrata with tomatoes, black miso cod and a dessert of tiramisu.
Victoria has certainly improved its restaurant offering over the past year thanks to the likes of Lorne joining A. Wong. Tucked away in the Park Plaza is Tozi - and it's still serving pretty decent Italian food. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed Venetian sharing plates including these soft shell crab with chilli.
To Noble Rot to celebrate the launch of Stephen Harris’s remarkable Sportsman book (it’s so much more than a cookbook). The canapes were, of course, delightful but Lazy Susan was pleased to have had a leisurely lunch beforehand featuring the exemplary slip sole with smoked butter. It’s a dish that links the two restaurants and is always simply delicious. There’s a recipe for it in the book but honestly, our wine cellar is not a patch on theirs…