Full disclaimer: The Dumbwaiter is very good friends with Seb Fogg and Laura Montana who are involved in this new restaurant. But, even if he wasn't, he'd still return for the anchovies in sage tempura snacks that kicked off his meal, and indeed the clam pizzette, too. What more could you want? Art Yard Bar & Kitchen is located in the Bankside hotel by Blackfriars Bridge, and is a great addition to the London dining scene.
It was always going to be a bold night out when chef Lee Tiernan of Black Axe Mangal returned to Quo Vadis for the now-traditional Burns Night fixture. What wasn’t traditional (after Jeremy Lee marched the haggis triumphantly through the club) was the menu. Lazy Susan believes beef tartare and shrimp toast to be the starter of dreams, but special mention for these unbelievably rich and laugh-out-loud fabulous foie gras choc ices.
The Dumbwaiter enjoyed his first taste of the Calçotada, the traditional Catalan festival celebrating the calçot onion this week at Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch. Beginning with tender chargrilled calçots dipped in romesco sauce, he tucked into Escalivada flame roasted vegetables, baked potatoes with ‘sanfaina’ tomato sauce and Catalan spinach, finishing with Crema Catalana.
London's cultural institutions have often fallen short when it comes to their food and drink offerings. The entrance to the RA on Burlington Gardens - opposite Cecconi's - has to be one of London’s most beautiful architectural feats. Up one flight of stairs you’ll find the recently opened Senate Room, which is a rather nice spot for a few cichetti and a glass of something after a nose around a gallery, or indeed if you fancy a civilised spot away from the humdrum of Mayfair.