There are just a couple of weeks left for the Ta Ta Eatery pop-up in Borough Wines Kensal Rise. Team CODE swung by for dinner the other night and were transported from the blistering London heat via chef Sijun Meng's dishes to a Portugese/Chinese paradise. We were polite enough to share iberian katsu sandwiches, nutty, crunchy yet soothing salad and ox cheek quesadillas but it was every man for himself when the toasted rice and sesame ice cream arrived.
To escape the baking heat this week the Dumbwaiter took himself to the large open room at Pastaio to cool down, and treated himself to a plate of the weekly pasta special. This week’s offering was pistachio, lemon and ricotta with butter and sage (pictured) though the Dumbwaiter also helped himself to some of his friend’s dish of pesto casarecce. Both put him in the perfect stead for an afternoon nap. Ah, if only…
When Gizzi Erskine posted the Mare Street Market brunch menu on her insta story last weekend, Lazy Susan thought it was high time to head over to Hackney and plough through it. Apart from the brilliantly varied and nicely priced menu, the best part is being able to grab a table in the expansive dining spaces without the bother of #brunchqueues. Lazy Susan enjoyed the corn cakes, stuffed with mozzarella and accompanied by frijoles, pico de gallo, avocado, sour cream, jalepenos and topped with a fried egg.
The sun has been shining non-stop in London and there seemed no better spot to spend a long Friday lunch than on the recently opened terrace at Jean-Georges at the Connaught. The spot on Mount Street is perfectly pitched to people watch in the cool shade while enjoying a crisp glass of Chateau La Coste rosé and Jean-Georges classics such as tuna tartare and that truffle pizza.
The Dumbwaiter hadn’t been to Blueprint Café since Jeremy Lee was cooking there. Tucked away in Shad Thames, the dining room has far reaching views down the Thames towards Tower Bridge. Chef Mini Patel recently took over the helm at the D&D restaurant and is cooking with seasonal British produce.