CODE favourite Henry Harris was in his striped apron and in the kitchen at his latest opening Clerkenwell’s The Coach last Saturday. The cosy but light-flooded dining room of the pub is a great setting for his delicious, comforting food. Lazy Susan managed onion and ale soup, a whole plaice with calcots, Romanesco and romesco sauce and an incredible crème caramel. Was the cream necessary? Oh, we think so.
Sabor on Heddon Street has been a much anticipated restaurant opening. Former Barrafina head chef Nieves Barragán and front of house José Etura have partnered with JKS Restaurants to launch their first stand alone site. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a late dinner there on Saturday night that included the camarones fritos and fried egg dish from the bar menu that’s worth the visit alone.
Hot on the heels of opening Mee Market in Soho, Korean restaurateur Linda Lee has launched On the Dak in Seven Dials. The Monmouth Street restaurant specialises in chicken and is a perfect place to get your fix of Korean fried chicken as well as Korean spicy noodle soup.
The Dumbwaiter has always championed front of house as a career and ventured along to Claridge’s on Tuesday evening for the final of this year’s Gold Service Scholarship that was won by Michael Staub of Rosewood London. After the prize giving, Claridge’s executive chef Martyn Nail revealed his new choux trolley that has now taken over from the infamous doughnut trolley.
A month of pita collaborations finished on a high last Sunday with a one-off pita party at Berber & Q Shawarma Bar on Exmouth Market. The Dumbwaiter filled his boots with creations from Smokestak, Breddos, Honey & Co and Oded Oren, with a flight of cocktails to match. Competition was high and though Sarit and Itamar’s spiced beef kofta was excellent, David Carter’s aged gochujang pork belly just edged into first place for The Dumbwaiter.