The Dumbwaiter hadn’t been to The Library at sketch for a couple of years. On Tuesday evening he was invited to a special dinner hosted by sketch founder Mourad Mazouz and French chef Pierre Gagnaire to celebrate the restaurant’s 15th anniversary. Over one too many Zalto glasses of Saint-Aubain 1er Cru, The Dumbwaiter enjoyed Gagnaire’s homemade tagliolini with Russian Oscietra caviar, squid and sustainable Bluefin tuna.
Recreating underground bars from 1960s Hong Kong, Tea Room sits in a subterranean spot on the corner of Greek Street and Old Compton Street, serving up Chinese spirits, liqueurs and wines and, more recently, brunch. The Dumbwaiter paid a visit last Saturday, ordering the decadent Hong Kong French toast - deep fried and stuffed with cheese and peanut butter, drizzled in syrup and accompanied by some thick cut char siu bacon. Not exactly the healthy choice but sure to banish any shadow of a hangover.
To the Palomar on Wednesday night for some exciting small plates from the Telavivian Stalwarts. Buzzy as always, Lazy Susan was as impressed as ever with the punchy small plates and Middle Eastern flavours. Pot-roasted bread and plenty of dips, the dish “The Tree of Life”, chargrilled broccoli with feta and tomatoes, left an almost meaty impression. Delicious.
On a very cold, snowy Wednesday evening when the weather presenters were causing hysteria, The Dumbwaiter took advantage of a ghost town in London and went to Noble Rot for dinner. However, it seemed a lot of other people had the same idea – the place was heaving. A chunky pork chop with cabbage and a bottle of Californian Cabernet Sauvignon went down a treat.
Snowed in at the office, on deadline and fed up of homemade soup, Lazy Susan was delighted when a fellow CODE-er brought back some fresh, delicious sushi from the new Victoria branch of Sticks’n’Sushi. Crisp ebi panko maki (shrimp tempura in a roll with wafer-thin avocado slices) and crunchy chicken maki (with almonds, chilli and red onion) proved that Japanese fast-food is not just for warmer weather.
Braving the icy winds of storm Emma, The Dumbwaiter headed across town on Thursday for a fried chicken fix at Butchies. Settling in in the upstairs dining room, he made his way through a Jenny from the block - stuffed with perfect buttermilk fried chicken, guac, chipotle mayo and streaky bacon – as well as a large helping of buffalo halloumi fries with blue cheese.