You think of Copenhagen and you probably think of Noma. Kristian Baumann, formerly of René Redzepi’s now closed restaurant, set up his solo restaurant 108 close by. Housed in a revamped warehouse in the canal quarter, the restaurant was heaving last Saturday at 7pm when The Dumbwaiter visited. The highlight of the meal was the pork belly with apple.
The Dumbwaiter hadn’t been to Spring for a while, so popped along to Skye Gyngell’s restaurant at Somerset House for lunch this week. The sun-filled room with the view across Waterloo Bridge is a beautiful setting for Gyngell’s food. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed steamed turbot with cauliflower puree, cucumbers and mustard butter.
Mayfair’s Albemarle Street is all change with the arrival of Indian Accent and a wine focused members’ club by Robin Birley that will be joining Juan Santa Cruz’s Isabel. The beautifully designed space is open for breakfast and The Dumbwaiter started the day with an eggs Florentine that is served on arepa – a grilled corn cake.
Arriving at North Greenwich to hordes of teenage fans pouring out of the underground, The Dumbwaiter hadn’t expected to look up and see Micky Flanagan’s face lining the route to The O2 – who knew… Across the sea of Flanaganites was Craft London, where The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a ‘harvest’ sharing feast cooked by Stevie Parle and co. Highlights included roast & fermented beetroot with labneh (pictured), succulent pork racks and surprisingly moreish tempura mushrooms with pear dripping.
The Dumbwaiter ended the week with lunch at The Don, in the heart of the City. With recently appointed new Head Chef, Frederick Forster, now at the helm, the Dumbwaiter was intrigued to see what, if anything, has changed. Electing to go for the herb crusted seared tuna and avocado to start, followed by the spiced leg of lamb for main and chocolate mille feuille for dessert, the new menu received the thumbs up.