Tue, 19th Mar 2019
Best Bites
The Dumbwaiter's Best Bites of the Week


Tortilleria El Pastor


The Dumbwaiter isn’t partial to queueing at the best of times but was happy to make an exception for the newest outpost from the Hart Brothers, which celebrated its soft launch in Bermondsey last weekend. Pork and chicken tacos and plenty of guacamole were helped down with a selection of Mezcals. Great fun all round.




Monty’s Deli


Last Sunday morning The Dumbwaiter had a hankering for a salt beef sandwich and took a stroll in the rain over to Monty's Deli on Hoxton Street. The Dumbwaiter has fond memories of his Shabbat dinner there, and Mark Ogus and Owen Barratt’s Jewish deli is every bit as charming of a weekend brunch-time. Unable to decide between salt beef and smoky pastrami, The Dumbwaiter went half and half on the Reuben with a side of latkes and a Bloody Mary for good measure.




Coal Rooms


The Dumbwaiter had heard many good things about this Peckham restaurant and he wasn’t disappointed on visiting this week. Two warm and well-lit dining rooms connected by a beautiful long bar make the restaurant an attractive place to eat. The Dumbwaiter tucked into a selection of small plates including hispi cabbage with bacon, half a roasted cauliflower and a dish of smacked cucumbers. Delicious.




Les Nenettes


Lazy Susan had such a fun evening on Tuesday at Les Nenettes In Clapton, where the all-female team cooked up a French feast. Steak frites was on the menu, though a particular highlight was the polenta with asparagus. Great food, cocktails and atmosphere makes Susan feel they have a winning formula. A bientot.






The Dumbwaiter has been a fan of Scott Hallsworth and Phar Shaweewan from their former days at Kurobuta, so was pleased to hear that their Clerkenwell pop up, Freak Scene, was moving into the old Barrafina site on Frith Street. With Takeshi’s Castle on loop and sake bombs all round, highlights included scallops in a wild garlic leaf and soy-truffle-butter sauce and a delicious nasu dengaku (miso grilled aubergine). Kanpai!


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