Purveyors of London’s best katsu sando (yes, we know it’s hotly contested) are back! TATA Eatery launched its new pop-up last week, in Kilburn’s Sir Colin Campbell pub, and Lazy Susan was quick to book. The new menu keeps the classics - that sando and a stellar ox cheek quesadilla - but there’s more focus on breads thanks to chef Zijun Meng’s trips to the NW6 area flatbread bakeries. Clams with chilli mushrooms and a broth rich with Shaoxing was knockout.
As a child Lazy Susan used to love going to her family’s favourite restaurant, La Brasserie in South Ken, and was heartbroken on it's closure last year due to rising costs. A gap was left in the market for a classic (but not cliché) French restaurant in West London, so Lazy Susan was very glad to see that a contender has been found in the newly-opened Le Petit Citron in Brook Green. Charming is the first word that comes to mind in this sympathetic dining room (which manages to avoid the pitfalls of French brasserie décor when imitated outside of it’s native land). Food was executed perfectly; poussin retained it’s moisture and came swimming in it’s juices, steak was rare and frites were perfectly cooked and crunchy. Run by the delightful husband and wife team Lawrence and Emily Hartley, you can feel the love they’ve put in. The area is lucky to have such a wonderful addition to the neigbourhood.
La Trompette has exuded understated elegance since before most of Hackney were twinkles in their dad’s eyes. Whether it’s the house made venison salami, a terrine of poached skate with oyster beignets, the apple crumble soufflé or the effortless service, every detail of this Chiswick institution is finished with the utmost care. You can keep your small sharing plates, your lo-fi house music blaring through the room and your mismatched cutlery – sometimes there’s no school like the old school and Rob Weston’s the Headmaster.
It was an all cheese affair for The Dumbwaiter as he ventured up to Camden Market for Fondue Thursday's The Cheese Bar. With a dedication to sourcing the very best British cheese it was no surprise that the Young Buck blue fondue with cider & kirsch was fantastic, and perfectly complimented by the selection of delicious sides in an intimate setting. The Dumbwaiter can’t wait to dip and dine again.
In amongst the rise and rise of social media’s influence on dining habits, there is one thing that will never be topped – a personal recommendation. So it was a delight to see a friend sit down at a neighbouring table for dinner at Berenjak on the back of The Dumbwaiter’s rave remarks. Hummus, aubergine stew (Khoresht Ghaimeh Bademjoon) with beef shortrib and chicken kebab, all bursting with aromatics, were washed down with a delicious black lime and mint sharbat. Fortunately there’s always space for a baklava ice cream sandwich.