Lazy Susan has been lucky enough to eat in the Ritz restaurant before, but that swanky room is positively St John-like compared to the opulence of the private dining room. Under a stunning painted ceiling and with a table groaning with silverware, she dined on glorious turbot, venison wellington and this, caramelized apple parfait with nougatine and Calvados, with an illustrious crowd – all to celebrate the launch of The Ritz Cookbook by the hotel’s marvellous chef John Williams MBE.
Stem makes a great venue for a working lunch in Mayfair. The Princes Street restaurant by Mark Jarvis has to be some of the best cooking in that part of W1. The Dumbwaiter particularly enjoyed his starter of steak tartare.
Sunday was a hot day for punters, never mind the chefs stoking their fires in the beating sun at Meatopia. The annual meaty love-in at Tobacco Dock saw an unbeatable roster of chefs and restaurateurs gather over the weekend and The Dumbwaiter certainly enjoyed his fill of goat kebabs, aged pork shoulder, chorizo frankfurters and some incredible Manx Loaghtan (pictured). That said, the highlight was the only vegetarian dish of the festival: barbecued celeriac and fermented chili pitta from Ottolenghi and ROVI head chef Neil Campbell.
With a friend over from the US and a big group in tow, The Dumbwaiter headed to Battersea for a kebab feast at one of his favourites, BabaBoom. Coal fired cauliflower with sweet potato humus and rotisserie 24 hour marinated mutton shoulder were the highlights but it was hard to go wrong no matter where your fork (read: hands) landed.
The Dumbwaiter is the first to admit he’s been a bit slow on the uptake when it comes to Peckham’s burgeoning eating and drinking scene, so the return of summer over the weekend seemed the perfect opportunity to start to put this right. Starting with Other Side Fried at Peckham Levels, The Dumbwaiter took in Frank’s Café, Bussey Rooftop, Brick Brewery and Gosnells tap room, before finishing off with a fantastic dinner at Miss Tapas.