It was the hottest of hot tickets when the fabled San Sebastian restaurant Elkano came to London to cook with the Brat team... for one night only. And of course Tomos Parry's classics of anchovy bread (or truffle, if you fancied it) and baked cheesecake with rhubarb were as delicious as Lazy Susan remembers, but to have the (also signature) turbot served by Aitor Arregi - the don of Elkano - was something very special indeed.
From foie gras with persimmon and blood orange to brill with hazelnuts and clams, plus flawless service, the bespoke tasting menu at Hélène Darroze at The Connaught is where your wildest dreams come true, as Lazy Susan was lucky enough to find out the other night. St Honoré with salted caramel and vanilla already sounds like the dessert of dreams - but with added Perigord black truffle? I mean...
There is something a little bit special about the shipping containers at Pop Brixton that play host to some of the industry’s rising stars as they look to get their foot on the hospitality. One such star in the making is Simon Whiteside, who served The Dumbwaiter what is likely to be one of his standout dishes of the year - skate wing with Jerusalem artichoke puree, wild mushrooms and a red wine sauce - at his sustainable seafood restaurant, Roe. Now on the CODE app
The Dumbwaiter, Lazy Susan et al ventured from their new digs back to Mayfair for the evening on Wednesday for dinner at the Guinea Grill. Landlord Osh Rogers made sure we were well fed (and watered, obvs) with oysters and prawn cocktails followed by generous portions of steak and to finish - roquefort and Sauternes. There were a few sore heads at CODE HQ the next day.