It’s one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year and The Dumbwaiter was lucky enough to dine at Kerridge’s Bar & Grill at the Corinthia hotel on Tuesday night. The David Collins Studio designed room has a cosy members’ club feel to it thanks to the dark green ceiling and red banquettes. Dishes include lobster omelette thermidor, crab vol-au-vent and chicken terrine. For mains the Dumbwaiter enjoyed the venison that was served with a mini cottage pie.
Strolling around Lisbon in the 30 degree sunshine last weekend, The Dumbwaiter pondered the much debated question; which pastel de natas (custard tarts) reign supreme in the city – Pastéis de Belém or Manteigaria? He had no choice but to partake in both to help his decision. There’s no doubt that both institutions take this national delicacy most seriously. Pastéis de Belém has been making tarts on the site since 1837 and are often considered the best in Portugal. But it was Manteigaria’s that most impressed The Dumbwaiter this time. Still warm from the oven, with crisp pastry and warm gooey custard, The Dumbwaiter had his sprinkled with cinnamon and accompanied by a small coffee. He might have even treated himself to two…
New York import RedFarm has finally opened its doors in Covent Garden. The inventive Chinese restaurant is located next door to Balthazar and occupies three floors. The ground floor and first floor are both dining rooms with the second floor housing a cute, cosy bar that The Dumbwaiter can see becoming a great late night hang out. After trying the Pac Man dim sum and the pork and crab soup dumplings, The Dumbwaiter enjoyed the shrimp stuffed chicken and the custard baos to finish the meal.
Fresh from his recent visit to Miss Tapas, The Dumbwaiter found himself back in Peckham at local favourite Mr Bao. Owned by Miss Tapas’s husband Frank Yeung, it was great to see the small neighbourhood restaurant still buzzing on a Tuesday lunchtime. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed pork dumplings before tucking into the Mr Bao (slow braised pork from local butcher Flock & Herd) and a Bao Diddley (fried chicken with kimchi and wasabi mayo).
Lazy Susan found herself in Primrose Hill last Saturday evening with dinner on the mind and no plans. Though the fairy-lit terrace of El Parador was calling from Mornington Crescent, just next door was Oka, a buzzy pan-Asian neighbourhood spot. There was great sushi and bulgogi beef, nice wine and the type of service that left Lazy Susan wanting for nothing.