The brother and sister team have done it again. Zoe and Layo Paskin, the duo behind The Palomar and The Barbary, opened The Blue Posts at the end of last year and have now just launched Evelyn’s Table in the basement of the pub site on Rupert Street. A cosy counter setup lets guests chat to the chefs and sample dishes such as salt cod beignet with taramasalata and Iberica presa.
Lazy Susan was moonlighting as a judge at the fabled Scotch Egg Challenge, held at The Canonbury Tavern, thanks to Young's Pubs generosity. A staggering 23 eggs were submitted - anonymously - for tasting, including from Temper, Holborn Dining Room, Quality Chop House, The Dairy, Rambla and Pidgin. There were some eye-catching looks (like this one) and jaw-dropping favours in competition, but the winner was a scorching Tamworth pork and fermented crab combo from Smoking Goat.
On the face of it, The Canton Arms is just your typical boozer, but delve slightly deeper and there is something a little bit special coming out of the kitchen. Tender cuttlefish bathed in squid ink followed by rabbit leg that just falls off the bone. Here is a place that isn’t afraid to serve food that people want to eat – rustic, bold and quite simply delicious. The Dumbwaiter will be back.
From Pergola to The Prince, it’s hard to keep up with the rate of new concepts coming out of Incipio Group. So it was to Feast Bar and Kitchen, their latest offering in the former home of the BBC in White City. The Dumbwaiter made sure to sample both of the food offerings, shamelessly moving from tacos to grilled cheese sandwiches from East London favourites Del74 and Morty & Bobs.
It hasn’t been long since The Dumbwaiter was being generously fed and watered at Dishoom Kensington’s launch party and he returned this week for a proper sit down meal in the double-height Art Deco dining room. The food – bhel, samosas, okra fries, black dahl, chicken tikka, and lamb biryani – was as good as ever, but it was the impeccable service that left The Dumbwaiter most impressed.