If The Dumbwaiter had to pick one of his favourite dishes in London, the steak haché at Zédel would definitely be up there. The sprawling subterranean brasserie by Corbin & King has to be one of the best value dining experiences in the West End. The place is always buzzing and the late night live music adds that extra, je ne sais quoi.
This year The Dumbwaiter was in London for Christmas and was lucky enough to have Christmas Day lunch at Claridge’s. After a glass of champagne in the Fumoir, he spent the afternoon feasting on foie gras, lobster ravioli, turkey and Christmas pudding. He even got to meet Santa.
After a very quiet New Year’s Eve, The Dumbwaiter went for a late lunch at the Anglesea Arms in Brackenbury Village. The pub is exactly the sort of place you want at the end of your road – a proper local for a pint but also serves a great plate of food. It’s clearly popular with the local residents including some industry folk. The Dumbwaiter spotted both Allegra McEvedy and Soren Jessen enjoying New Year’s day lunches.
The Dumbwaiter spent a couple of days in between Christmas and New Year in Siena and visited a few of his favourite restaurants in the Tuscan city including Osteria Le Logge. Housed in a former pharmacy just off the Piazza del Campo, Le Logge puts a funky twist on Italian classics. Cacio e pepe with a hint of vanilla was one of the special dishes of the night and was washed down with a bottle of Gianni Brunell’s Rosso di Montalcino.
In Bath for a wedding over the New Year, The Dumbwaiter couldn’t resist popping across to Bristol for the day. So it was back to an old favourite, Poco Tapas, which has fortunately still retained its original Bristol site, having left London’s Broadway Market. Sadly tapas wasn’t on the menu on a Monday lunchtime, but a bowl of mussels with moreishly crispy Portuguese punched potatoes from the brunch menu were just the ticket.