Tucked away near Honey & Co, Strazzanti is a pop up open every Sunday serving brunch. The three Italian sisters behind it are British born but with Sicilian and Neapolitan parents. Their food is inspired by Sicily and at their temporary home in Fitzrovia they serve up 3 egg dishes named after each sister – Sofia, Nina and Emilia, as well as a selection of pastries including a cornetto filled with pistachio frangipane and cream.
The Dumbwaiter has always been a fan of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten after dining at his flagship restaurant in New York many years ago. He’s been lucky enough to dine at his restaurant in the Connaught a number of times and had dinner there again this week. Vongerichten and his team prepared a special meal that included white asparagus, followed by roasted turbot and a spice crusted squab. All washed down with a buttery Californian chardonnay.
On Monday evening Lazy Susan found herself at Brindisa’s Ham School learning everything there is to know about Spain’s prized jamón ibérico. Hosted in their Borough Market shop, there was an engaging presentation from Santiago Martinez washed down with martinis and manchego, before a hands-on lesson in carving. Managing to avoid any knife related injuries - and even picking up a few compliments from the master carvers - Lazy Susan then moved on to wine and ham tastings, with the 100% ibérico de bellota and Manzanilla pairing coming out on top.
To Six Portland Road on Wednesday evening for a very special dinner in honour of restaurant PR supremo Maureen Mills who was celebrating living in London for 30 years. The Dumbwaiter tucked into a fresh crab salad that was followed by lamb and Maureen’s favourite dessert, lemon tart.
To Bloomsbury this week and the eagerly anticipated opening of Neptune at The Principal Hotel. The Dumbwaiter and Lazy Susan tucked in to the seafood platter for 2 two start, with the trout tartare being the highlight. Reluctant to call it an early night, there was time for a couple of drinks at Fitz's next door - one of the CODE app's latest additions.