Native, the first restaurant from Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis, has grown from successful supper club into a small, hand-built, restaurant, tucked away in the corner of Neal’s Yard. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed Orkney Island scallop sitting on a deep, rich sobrasada sauce, followed by Dorset hake with seashore vegetables (pictured). Rumour has it Native may be about to get a whole lot bigger. With food and hospitality this good, this can be no bad thing.
After an evening upstairs at The Island Queen, feasting on tandoori chicken wings, lamb biryani and paneer butter masala, it became clear that Motu and The Dumbwaiter are going to become good friends. The delivery-only kitchen in Islington is the newest site from restaurant experts JKS, which already have Motu up and running in Battersea, Camberwell and Canary Wharf.
The Dumbwaiter hadn't eaten Ben Murphy's food for a couple of years since he was at The Woodford. The young chef is now at Launceston Place, which has also undergone a refurbishment. The Dumbwaiter tucked into Murphy's tasting menu that included his egg and soldiers with foie gras and truffle.
The Dumbwaiter strayed into the eerily quiet backstreets of the City this week to have dinner at the aptly named Little Quiet from the Disappearing Dining Club. Behind an unmarked door is a dark and cosy dining room seating around 16 guests. The Dumbwaiter ate New York tuna sashimi, followed by sea bream with fennel, then apple and berry crumble for dessert accompanied by a particularly lovely white rioja.
Alan Yau is back (again). This time the restaurateur has popped up on James Street in Marylebone and is bringing us pide - a Turkish flatbread with different toppings. Yamabahçe has a tight menu with some starters - including a heart chicken soup - but the real action happens with the pide.