To Claridge's on Sunday night for the CODE 30 under 30 dinner. After a couple of glasses of Louis Roederer and some of chef Martyn Nail's amazing canapés, guests sat down to a three-course dinner that ended with 50 chocolate soufflés all arriving at the same time and all totally on point.
It's January, so vegan is all the trend right now but The Dumbwaiter has a feeling this on-trend way of eating isn't going away anytime soon. Gizzi Erskine and Rosemary Ferguson's Filth has popped up at Dirty Burger below Shoreditch House. The tiny space was heaving when The Dumbwaiter visited - the Beckham effect no doubt (Victoria and David paid a visit the other day) - but it's worth the squash to eat the plant-based burger, some sweet potato fries and a shake.
The Dumbwaiter had never been to Tamarind in Mayfair. The Indian restaurant on Queen Street that is next door to Angela Hartnett's Murano has reopened after a stunning refurbishment. The food is up there with the other Mayfair Indian stalwarts of Gymkhana and Indian Accent. Of particular highlight were chef's dish of brussel sprouts.
One of the culinary highlights of the year is the Galette des Rois at The Connaught hosted by Hélène Darozze. Over Champagne, foie gras and truffled brie - guests including Clerkenwell Boy, Scott Collins and Jeremy Lee - partied away a cold January evening. For some it was off to The Guinea Grill afterwards for more drinks.
Restaurateur Clive Watson has returned to his old stomping ground of Borough with his new restaurant Provisioners at The Dixon. The restaurant - with pastel shades and lots of terrazzo - bucks the trend with a menu of starters, mains and dessert. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a healthy dish of beetroot tagliatelle in the space that was formerly the jail cells of the police HQ.