Tasting menus – these days it takes a good one to impress. At Restaurant Sat Bains it’s not good, it’s great. The 10-course menu at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant is so perfectly inventive, delicious and accomplished it’s only later the Dumbwaiter noted how also note-perfect the pacing and service is too. Almost impossible to choose a favourite, but chef Sat Bains might himself choose hacis signature potato cooked in the fire’s embers, served with caviar. He’s not coming to London, so get yourself to Nottingham, posthaste.
Hot on the heels of his appearance on Great British Menu, chef Ross Bryans (late of Corrigan’s, Pollen Street Social and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay) has joined Les 110 de Taillevent, sister restaurant to Paris’ two Michelin starred Taillevent. Sadly not in the kitchen on The Dumbwaiter’s visit due to illness, the brigade still turned out a delicious piece of John Dory with langoustine and king oyster mushroom. Get well soon chef.
The Dumbwaiter popped into Claridge's on Monday evening for the Gold Service Scholarship awards. He then hotfooted it to Cora Pearl in Covent Garden for their infamous toastie and chips.
If there's one restaurant The Dumbwaiter could see open a number of sites across London, it's Casa do Frango. The Portuguese chicken restaurant was heaving on Tuesday and we can see why. Excellent piri piri chicken with a side of African rice. And change from £20.
We had heard about a pizza restaurant that creates pizzas with charcoal infused bases, so naturally we wanted see what the fuss was about. Lost Boys Pizza’s newest restaurant in Camden didn’t disappoint. Despite the snow, we had the warmest welcome with a couple of sneaky vimtos and a wonderful apple smoked ham, red chilli pizza, with some punchy sauces – the spicy green pineapple a highlight. When you’re done feasting, get yourself downstairs to their hidden absinthe bar…