For high summer, Lazy Susan took a trip back to Brat to see what’s new on the menu. Glorious roasted lobster bathed in its roe and juices was pretty special, but the little used, completely delicious velvet crabs stole the show. Downstairs at Smoking Goat they are fiery, upstairs they come gently grilled, claws ready for sucking and the body with its brown meat made into a buttery emulsion. Phwoar.
Yotam Ottolenghi’s newest restaurant has finally opened its doors in Fitzrovia after a delay due to the complicated extract having issues. ROVI, named after its location in London, is the first of Ottolenghi’s places that has a proper bar when you walk into the airy space. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed his dinner at the bar, surrounded by expensive woodwork and antique lighting. Dishes included leafy radishes with herb fromage frais and squid and lardo skewers all washed down with a red wine from Palestine.
The magical Kitty Fisher’s in Shepherd Market has gained a new sister by the name of Cora Pearl in Covent Garden. The cute site on Henrietta Street reminded The Dumbwaiter of the sort of restaurants you find in the East and West Villages of Manhattan. George Barson, head chef of both restaurants, has created a dreamy menu with dishes such as a ham and cheese toastie, brown shrimp ranhöfer and quail Caesar.
Indian Accent opened at the end of last year with lots of praise from the critics and food world. The Albemarle Street restaurant has launched a summer menu for the warmer months with dishes such as sea bream with asparagus and kerala coconut moilee and tiger prawns with indian sorrel chutney. However, the standout dish has to be their naughty mini naan breads that include a cheese and bacon filling and butter chicken.
The Dumbwaiter still hasn’t properly dined at HIDE but after his dinner at Indian Accent he decided to do one of his favourite things and swing by another restaurant for dessert and a glass of something before heading home. The warm acorn cake with smoked caramel and clotted cream topped with rum is certainly worth the hype and worthy of a pit stop.
Lazy Susan had always wanted to try Bottles & Battles in Mercato Metropolitano, so was delighted to hear they were opening a sister restaurant in Spitalfields. A new wine bar with food; Susan was treated to ravioli with clams and broth and a homemade spaghetti allamitriciana with gianciale. All washed down with a couple of glasses of red wine. Lovely stuff.