The Dumbwaiter had read so much about Wildair in New York since it opened. He finally got to dine there last week with the Infatuation boys and it certainly lived up to its hype. One of his meals of the week, even with the natural wine situation.
Any restaurant that serves pizza and wine in Zalto glasses gets a thumbs up from The Dumbwaiter. Sister restaurant to Charlie Bird, it's all about the clam pizza at Pasquale Jones - totally worth the $30 price tag.
Instagrammable restaurants - what an awful phrase. But hey, we still all take that much coveted pic for the 'gram. One such place in SoHo in Manhattan is La Mercerie. Although The Dumbwaiter preferred to take a picture of his breakfast than the room.
Faced with a free evening and an empty fridge, The Dumbwaiter stopped by one of his favourite locals, The Canton Arms. Combining a relaxed pub with fantastic cooking, it’s not hard to see why it is still pulling in the locals even on a grey Monday in January. The Dumbwaiter, unable to decide on a main, tucked into starters of curried cuttlefish and griddled ox tongue - generous and delicious in equal measure. Not a bad way to start the week.
Turns out Kricket Brixton has gone vegetarian for January – who knew… Bhel puri, Hyderabad baby aubergines and channa masala hummus were chased around the plate by moreish Malabar paratha. The sticky date pudding was comfortingly familiar, whilst remaining surprisingly light. But it’s the samphire pakoras that keep The Dumbwaiter coming back time and again – as close to a desert island dish as he’ll find.