After receiving an invitation to a Victorian dinner at The Laughing Heart to celebrate a friends 30th, Lazy Susan found herself in the private dining room in the restaurant’s basement last weekend (dressed in full Victorian get-up). In keeping with the theme, the bill of fare included Morecambe bay oysters, chicken liver pate and a glorious patridge and mushroom pithiver (pictured). All accompanied by a selection of well-chosen and delicious wines and lit by candlelight, the host and guests left well-fed, well-watered and well-versed in Victorian poetry. What a treat.
Tucked away down a residential Peckham backstreet, Aside is the epitome of a diamond in the rough. The Dumbwaiter is never short of choices for a Sunday roast - but with a burrata to share to start with perfect, in season figs and heather honey - Aside does it better. A carafe of Orange wine (Baglio Bianco IGP) and a flawless vesper martini helped keep the Sunday blues at bay.
It’s common in Southern Italy to see fishmongers turn into rustic dining spots after hours, so The Dumbwaiter is very glad to see South London might be catching on... East Dulwich to be precise, where Moxon’s (an institution across London for any discerning fan of fish and seafood) has extended their counter to a fully fledged 20 cover restaurant, Next Door. The freshest catch of the day is on the menu with over 15 different plates to choose from – the smoked fish platter a firm favourite.
The Dumbwaiter ended last week with a visit to L’Oscar hotel in Holborn for dinner. The Baptist Grill, located on the first floor of the hotel, is a real gem. The stunning dining room is set in a former chapel with a large domed roof. Tony Fleming’s menu was exactly the sort of menu one longs for when they dine out a lot. No gimmicks, no ‘concepts’, no annoying sharing plates that come in a strange order – yet a refreshingly straightforward starter, main and dessert.
Le Bab at the top of Kingly Court has a new sister restaurant that has opened in Covent Garden. Maison Bab – located opposite temper – is a big space than their Soho site with an open plan kitchen on the ground floor. However, even though it’s not yet open, The Dumbwaiter thinks the most fun to be had will be down in the basement where a separate tiny restaurant called Kebab Queen will open later this year.