It was a first time visit to Roka Aldwych for the Dumbwaiter. The Charlotte Street outpost has always been a favourite of his and the midtown one did not disappoint with dishes such as yellowtail sashimi and shrimp popcorn.
It’s so often so easy to overlook some of the stalwarts of the London dining scene thanks to the hundreds of new restaurant openings every year. So in between Christmas and New Year, The Dumbwaiter enjoyed dinner at J Sheekey. The legendary fish restaurant is still at the top of its game and who could not enjoy a Sheekey fish pie and a glass of Chablis?
The Bangkok restaurant is thriving and there are some funky offerings in the Thai capital. Greyhound Cafe has arrived in London and opened before Christmas in Fitzrovia. The trendy Thai diner serves serves Thai classics as well as some more international inspired dishes.
A stone's throw away from Borough Market is one of the lesser known gems of the London food scene, that has slowly but surely forced its way into The Dumbwaiter's conscience. From seasonal British at Lupins to authentic Portuguese at Bar Duoro, Flat Iron Square has a little something for everyone. A particular highlight for The Dumbwaiter is Baz and Fred – the spicy chorizo nduja pizza is well worth a trip!
The Dumbwaiter took full advantage of the January slowdown to bag a coveted counter spot at The Palomar. Scallops with corn, new potatoes and bacon were delicious, and who knew broccoli could taste so good..? The fact that the staff’s names are printed on the menu (nicknames and all) only adds to the joy.