It was over to Tozi for a meeting on Thursday afternoon where The Dumbwaiter and Lazy Susan were very well looked after by Stefano and his team. Once business was done it was onto a glass of Lugano and selection of sharing plates. There was a pizzetta of wild chicory and Tuscan sausage, octopus with fennel, capers and chilli, and a plate of silken buffalo ricotta ravioli dusted with freshly shaved black truffle.
The Dumbwaiter is never one to turn down an invitation of fresh seafood. So it was to Wright Brothers Soho for a first look at their new interiors from Macaulay Sinclair (proudly shown off by co-founders Ben and Robin). After a selection of oysters (the Carlingford Loughs from County Louth, Ireland, where the highlight), The Dumbwaiter tucked into daily specials of scallops and deliciously simple Dover sole – perfection.
After a long week, The Dumbwaiter was delighted to receive an invite to dine at Sophie’s Soho to taste their new Autumn menu. Starting with beef pastries, The Dumbwaiter also enjoyed cockles & beans followed by ash baked aubergine. A main of beef, cooked over the fire pit for mains and roasted pineapple (pictured) for desert. What a treat.
The Dumbwaiter has always been a fan of the original Cecconi’s in Mayfair and over the past few years the Italian restaurant has been opening sister sites around the globe. The latest Cecconi’s to open is a little closer to home on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch. This restaurant is not as formal as W1, with no tablecloths and a little less marble and glass. The menu has the usual classics such as beef carpaccio as well as pastas available for the entire table – spaghetti lobster to share amongst four.
The ‘all in’ is one of the Dumbwaiter’s favourite plates of food in London – beef, lamb and pork chops piled up high on flatbread that soak up their juices. The chop restaurant has now opened their third site in the former Rivington Grill restaurant in Shoreditch. This is the first Blacklock that has some natural light as well as a proper standalone bar but the restaurant still has the same buzz and amazing hospitality that you get in Soho and the City.
The Dumbwaiter was looking for a spot of Sunday lunch in the West End – which is easier said than done – when he realised that there’s the Guinea Grill. Tucked up on Bruton Place, a few doors up from Umu and Gavin Rankin’s excellent Bellamy’s the pub and dining room is a gem in Mayfair. Publican Osh Rogers knows good food and proper hospitality. The dining room hidden around the corner was busy on Sunday with people enjoying a Sunday roast and good wine – exactly what The Dumbwaiter did.