What better way to spend a Saturday night then a 17-course feast at Fera Development Kitchen? Last weekend Lazy Susan was kindly invited to the counter with just 3 other guests to watch the chefs create a selection of delicate and beautiful dishes over the course of 3 hours. A clever play on Croque Monsieur, consisting of Swede filling with yeast, was a delight as was tofu in miso broth (pictured). All helped along by a selection of skin-contact wines from our adventurous Sommelier, Susan came away feeling the best looked-after she had in years.
Henrietta Street in Covent Garden has fast turned into a restaurant hot spot with Frenchie, Flat Iron, Oystermen and the soon-to-open Cora Pearl. The Henrietta at the Henrietta hotel is also another welcome addition to the street. Although the Dumbwaiter is not sure whether Ollie Dabbous is still cooking there, they do a great weekday set lunch with a starter of asparagus and a main course of mackerel with potato salad.
24 The Oval recently caught The Dumbwaiter’s eye, having appeared on an unloved stretch of the Clapham Road. It brings a much needed neighbourhood spot to the culinary black hole that is Oval, and it was great to see it already buzzing on a mid-week visit for dinner. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed mushroom ravioli with candied malt, sourdough crumb and a bone broth followed by a delicious dish of roasted cod with Jerusalem artichokes and rainbow chard.
Mid-week yielded some of the best chips The Dumbwaiter has tasted. Courtesy of The Chess Club and Foodchain – 5 courses were enjoyed thoroughly. As well as their stunning beef, Todenham Manor Farm were on hand to provide a lesson in dry vs wet aging and butchery. Whilst Blackwoods Cheese rounded off the evening, presenting two delicious young cheeses made here in London.
The Dumbwaiter ventured south of the river during the week for dinner at the new Wright Bros in the Battersea Power Station development. The seafood restaurant now has five restaurants across the capital but this one is by far the nicest looking with a large outdoor terrace overlooking the Thames. After starters of tempura oysters, The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a main course of Witch sole with a side of green beans, frisée salad with sardines.