A New Year treat at the CODE favourite Carousel this week – the Bristol-based chef Romy Gill was back for her traditional January residency and Lazy Susan was there on day one to eat her way through the warming menu, which featured sea bass with a rich moilee, hearty lamb samosas and a chai masala ice cream, but best of all was the generous butter chicken course, with dal, rice and a zingy winter salad. Consider it a certainty that Susan’s booking a return train ticket to Bristol to eat more of Gill’s food.
Where else to celebrate a birthday than the glamorous yet cosy Kerridge’s outpost in the Corinthia hotel – it already feels like a London favourite. From a knockout menu, the Dumbwaiter ate every scrap of the venison dish with its stellar carrot accompaniment and cheeky chilli on the side. Although it would have been rude not to save space for the chestnut and salted caramel mega-profiterole that’s new on the pudding menu…
Peckham has become something of hospitality favourite for the Dumbwaiter. With such a variety of offerings it’s not hard to find something that takes your fancy, whatever your mood. Forza Win, showing no signs of the traditional January slowdown, turns out a fantastic array of seasonal Italian dishes. Primi of sausage and chianti risotto and spinach and hazelnut risotto were standout, as was the cassoeula – braised pork, cabbage and polenta.
The Dumbwaiter travelled south of the river this week to check out The Athenian’s sixth site in Tooting Market which opened last July. Priding themselves on locally sourcing ingredients (and making their own halloumi), it seemed obvious to try their tomato croquette & halloumi souvlaki. Coupled with their signature courgette & feta fritters and dips such as melitzanosalata (smoked aubergine dip with tahini) and tyrokafteri (spicy feta and red pepper dip), the Dumbwaiter felt like he was in the Med.
If there’s one thing the Dumbwaiter loves, it’s a leisurely brunch with good food and drink amongst friends. It was difficult to choose just one option from the brunch menu at Brother Marcus, but the beetroot cured salmon, scrambled eggs with honey and sesame glazed tenderstem broccoli did not disappoint. With a warm welcome and wonderful coffee, the Dumbwaiter will definitely be returning.