The Dumbwaiter was invited to Park Chinois last Saturday evening to see their fairy tale inspired performances by their in-house Show Troupe. While being entertained with dancing, The Dumbwaiter enjoyed dishes such as salt and pepper squid, sweet and sour Iberico pork loin katsu and crispy chicken satay with peanut sauce.
With freshly printed CODE Quarterly magazines to deliver The Dumbwaiter headed east to Hackney's Ellory. Here is a place where sharing plates just work - immaculate dishes, delivered in an order and pace that makes sense. Artichokes, followed by rich egg yolk soaked potatoes, followed by delicious magret duck. It was hard to pick a standout dish, but the apple and hazelnut mille-feuille had neighbours peering over jealously, and with good reason.
The Dumbwaiter fondly remembers Cha Cha Moon as the place you went to when you realised you were just too hungry to queue. Now this vast space in Kingley Court is split into two restaurants, including the new Soho outpost of Stokey’s The Good Egg. Letting the chef do the ordering, The Dumbwaiter enjoyed Jewish-inspired dishes from flatbreads with green whipped feta and house pickles (pictured) to a delicious fish chraimeh with moreish batata harif (crispy potatoes).
Speaking of queuing, The Dumbwaiter was happy to wait in line for his noodles this week at the newly opened Koya City. Part of the Bloomberg Arcade development, the site is larger than its Soho sister, also with an open kitchen, and even in the soft launch flurry maintained a decidedly zen atmosphere. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed tenzaru udon with some fried tofu in dashi on the side.
The Dumbwaiter and friends skipped town on Thursday for a Christmas outing at The Sportsman. Heavy drizzle welcomed the team to Whitstable but did nothing to dampen excitement for Stephen Harris’ food at the much loved and much lauded seaside pub. It was tasting menus all round with oysters to start, beautiful ray with cockles and sherry vinegar somewhere in the middle and a perfect chocolate tart to finish, all washed down with an incredibly interesting and good value wine list. Then it was back to London for drinks at Quo Vadis before finishing with a round of fried chicken and negronis at Butchies.