Food as pretty as a picture, and deliciously pretty pictures too – Lazy Susan loved the new Petersham restaurant in Covent Garden, from the weathered mirrors to the tiny ceramic salt pots. She started an exemplary dinner with a rose petal prosecco and light-as-a-feather quinoa, lovage and pea crostata, and enjoyed popping in the extra fresh peas.
For The Dumbwaiter, Londrino was the source of a mid-week indulgence with slick unimposing service and a flurry of well-balanced dishes. Cod tripe with a light emulsion of fava Beans and red prawns with turnips were particular highlights. A fresh yoghurt, Fourme D’Ambert and olive oil dessert, was part cheese course, part palate cleanser and completely delicious.
The Dumbwaiter was invited along to Fitzrovia’s Noizé for a pairing with wines from the Vouvray appellation as part of the Loire Moments Supper Club series. Expert guidance was on hand from the fantastic Laure Patry, executive head sommelier at the Social Company, and Virginie Champalou, whose family produced the 2015 Sec, Domaine Champalou that accompanied delicate marinated sea bream with fennel and cucumber (pictured).
Set in the grand environs of the Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square, Japanese-Chinese restaurant Mei Ume was in the spirit of celebrating cherry blossom season with their pavilion-style bar bedecked in pink blooms and a limited edition menu on offer. The Dumbwaiter paid a visit to try out the menu and enjoyed starters of wagyu beef gyoza, tuna tataki salad and golden dragon rolls before moving on to miso sake seabass served on a tea grill with sea urchin and scallop fried rice on the side.
Taking full of advantage of the brief spell of good weather, The Dumbwaiter found a suitable perch atop of Pop Brixton at their most recent addition Alpes. The mercury was too high for a fondue – however the selection of cheese and charcuterie was very well received, particularly the lamb coppa. A crisp breeze and an even crisper Riesling made this a very refreshing afternoon.