The original Cecconi’s in Mayfair has long been a favourite of The Dumbwaiter and as the restaurant - now owned by Soho House - grows globally, they’ve opened a causal outpost in Soho serving pasta and pizza. Plus there’s Negronis on tap and it’s open till 3am.
The Dumbwaiter hadn’t been to Fera in yonks so it was nice to go back to the restaurant in Claridge’s. After the vast selection of snacks a starter of tomatoes with raw scallops followed by a main of beef and a few glasses of red wine before getting ready to head to Miami.
On Tuesday it was to Chelsea’s smart foodie thoroughfare, Pavilion Road, to the newly opened Hans Bar and Grill. Whilst being well looked after by GM Simon Smith (previously of Hakkasan and Berners Tavern) and his team, The Dumbwaiter made his way through a particularly enticing menu of classics. First up was a snack of cauliflower cheese and mustard croquettes, then fresh Brixham crab paired with a glass of a lively Cypriot Xynesteri. Then on to a rose veal cutlet, with English peas, bacon and baby onion on the side.
The glamorous Soho restaurant is soon to open a City outpost and chef Eric Chavot is overseeing both kitchens. He’s currently perfecting his Sunday roast in the original restaurant. The Frenchman knows how to serve ‘le rosbif’ with all the trimmings including truffled mash. The Dumbwaiter was treated to a 1995 vintage Moet to accompany it last Sunday.
Anatloian cuisine is a new one for The Dumbwaiter - although it’s essentially Turkish. After experiencing a fine manti at Kyseri the other week, the ones at Ruya in Mayfair are much more delicate but just as good. The four cheese pide is worth the visit alone.