There’s lots to admire at Hide, the restaurant that’s perked up Piccadilly but divided the critics. Two of CODE’s team worked their way through the tasting menu at ‘Above’ (tough job, etc) – and oohed and aahed at sorrel ice cream on a crystal-clear ice brick, and at the ethereal hint of oyster on the sparkling white steamed turbot. Despite the famously extravagant Hedonism wines connection, the ‘Classic’ drinks pairing was excellent value.
On a sunny afternoon in Manchester, The Dumbwaiter could think of few better spots than the suntrap roof terrace of newly opened 20 Stories from D&D London and Aiden Byrne. Sadly short on time, The Dumbwaiter restrained himself to the set lunch menu, enjoying a chicken boudin with pearl barley followed by a perfectly cooked piece of prized Skrei cod with confit cep and asparagus, all washed down with a delicious glass of D&D’s own Cotes du Rhone Les Trois Bises.
The Dumbwaiter is partial to a crisp cool beer on a balmy evening, so was delighted to be invited to the opening of Asahi moon garden party at Untitled. Free flowing beer was accompanied with yakitori, small flame-grilled skewers of chicken, as well as eel and mushroom. A serene spot just off Kingsland road, the garden was sweet relief after a busy day. The Dumbwaiter left refreshed (and somewhat tiddly).
In preparation for her guest chef spot at J Sheekey’s Atlantic Bar in July, CODE’s in-house chef/editor Lisa made a sample of her signature starter dish – beetroot-cured salmon, pickled summer vegetables and lemony labneh. Previous chefs Simon Hulstone and Mark Sargeant are hard acts to follow, but she’ll try to do well for the team.
Lazy Susan took a trip to the countryside this week, to Duchess Farm in Sawbridgeworth, for a preview of the inaugural Px+ festival. Taking place over the August bank holiday weekend, the festival is the first to be wholly dedicated to the hospitality industry and has a line-up of the UK’s best chefs, bakers, sommeliers, producers, FOH and vital support acts. After a tour around the picture-perfect farm, Lazy Susan got stuck in to the stellar barbeque feast and hatched some plans for the big weekend.