Whether it’s the mountain of cratedigger’s vinyl, the biodynamic wine focus or the custom Edwin aprons the kitchen team sport, The Dumbwaiter could be forgiven for thinking Levan is ticking a 2018 trend checklist. But how wrong he would be - all those components contribute to what feels like a genuine expression of personal taste and passion from Mr Balfe et al. Any team who can glide from Comte Fries (proper cheesy panisse in other terms) to a Scallop crudo and back again via Glazed Mallard deserves a visit. The Dumbwaiter prescribes Levan once a week for the incoming January blues.
It’s always a good idea to go to Barrafina and early Tuesday evening at the new Coal Drops Yard restaurant was the perfect time to avoid queueing. The fourth site is just as polished as its predecessors and The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a run of classics, from pan con tomate to tortilla then onto cod’s cheeks and suckling pig empanadilla. There was just enough time for some rosquillas for dessert before heading off to catch a train.
Over the low drum of clattering chopsticks, The Dumbwaiter had a glorious lunch at INKO NITO this week to celebrate the Christmas run-up. He began with 3 sashimi selection consisting of tuna, yellowtail & salmon followed by Japanese breadcrumb fried chicken and “nigaki” - roasted nori with sushi rice with salmon, yellowtail, wasabi shisho. Quick service and a well-laid out dining room made the meal most enjoyable; one of The Dumbwaiter's highlights of 2018 without a doubt.