Fresh from keeping the pigeons away at centre court (and facing the world’s press) Imogen was back running the show at the brand new Native in London Bridge (sadly Rufus the hawk wasn’t around when The Dumbwaiter paid a visit). From rich mushroom ragu atop clever courgette stalk ‘penne’ to flavour-packed hogseed vadouvan carrot, The Dumbwaiter was pleased to see Ivan had picked up where he had left off in the kitchen.
It’s not hard to see the appeal of spending all day drinking coffee and working through a great range of pastries. But at Abuelo this is increased by both the fantastic space and the addition of a new evening menu. A highlight reel of South American classics such as arepas alongside Instagram favourite burrata, all served with antipodean hospitality make Abuelo a great spot that transports you from the hustle and bustle of their Covent Garden location.
Lazy Susan had the pleasure of heading to Tredwell’s for a working lunch this week. The Seven Dials restaurant headed up by Chantelle Nicholson was a cool refuge from the summer heat and had a menu to match. There was a stellar potato and rosemary bread to whet the appetite and Lazy Susan enjoyed a main of roasted monkfish. But it was the confit duck raviolo with nduja that she’ll be going back for, particularly with 40% off food on the CODE app.
You may well have seen David Beckham’s Instagram posts about Wagyumafia a while back when he was in their restaurant in Tokyo. The famous restaurant was in town this week cooking at Fortnum & Mason and the Dumbwaiter was lucky enough to get invited to a dinner where he enjoyed their infamous wagyu cutlet sandwich that is apparently the most expensive sandwich in the world.
The Dumbwaiter had heard great things about Brother Marcus in Balham. The restaurant run by three friends has now opened a second site in Angel. The cute neighbourhood spot is perfect for a casual bite eat with well-priced dishes including lamb chops (pictured) that were washed down with a house rosé.
Chef Endo Kazutoshi is opening his first restaurant in White City later this year. To keep his sushi skills on point, the former Zuma group chef is doing a residency at the Berkeley hotel in Knightsbridge. Guests sit at bespoke sushi counter where chef Endo serves sushi made from fish that he gets from Cornish fisherman.