On a balmy February Tuesday it was back to Chelsea for The Dumbwaiter for lunch at Elystan St. Chef Toby Burrowes is turning out not only eye pleasing dishes but the sort of food that is comforting yet focuses on seasonality. A burrata with blood orange dish stole the show but this smoked salmon starter with celery hearts and baby gem wasn't far behind. And for those in the know in the industry, the CODE app set lunch is £30 for 3 courses...
CODE is a big supporter of the YBF awards so was delighted to have dinner at Benk & Bo, cooked by last year’s winnng chef with produce from other winners and served by yet another! Bravo to all involved, but special mention for the sublime dessert created by one of the YBF’s founder, Lily Vanilli, with Popham’s Bakery – a crescent croissant filled with crème diplomat and rhubarb with a rhubarb and raspberry gelato.
Cods’ roe with a duck egg and fried potato was a suitably elegant yet comforting start to a delicious Friday night supper at The Hero of Maida, just one of chef Henry Harris’s exemplary pubs. Lazy Susan managed to forgo the Armagnacs on offer but made sure she left space after cote du boeuf for Harris’s signature crème caramel with pouring cream.
There are queues outside already, so Lazy Susan felt very lucky whizzing in for dinner at Gloria – it is ‘ultra’ as has been reported, but the pricing is very accessible and the antipasti, pizzas and pastas were delicious. The sheer excess of a lemon meringue pie with a good 6 inches of meringue was almost too much, but if you only order one thing, the spaghetti carbonara brought tableside inside a wheel of parmesan is it. Molto bene.
The Belmond Cadogan has just opened in Chelsea (one of our postcodes to watch this year for some exciting restaurants and hotels) and chef Adam Handling is in charge of the Sloane Street properties F&B. After a dry Martini in the bar, The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a preview dinner cooked by Handling including these snacks to whet the appetite.
Tucked away off Walton Street, Dinings SW3 is one of those restaurants that sort of remains a hidden secret despite the fact it serves some excellent Japanese food. Its sister restaurant in Marylebone is often hailed by people in the industry as one of the best Japanese restaurants in London. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed dinner at the sushi bar the other night as well as a few sake.