Getting a table at The French House, now that Neil Borthwick is settled and the positive reviews are in, is not easy. But Lazy Susan managed it and was thoroughly charmed by the short but confident menu and charming staff. From a gorgeously balanced supper, she particularly fell for the tender roast chicken garlanded in calçots and wild garlic. Carb-de-jour aligot on the side, of course…
The Dumbwaiter has long been a fan of Gregory Marchand and his restaurants in Paris and London. Last Tuesday evening he took over the members' restaurant at the Ned to serve a special dinner that included his infamous bacon scones, duck foie gras, halibut, guineafowl and a banoffee pie to finish.
Think of waffles and you probably think sweet as opposed to savoury. However, James and Julia -the duo behind Utter Waffle - have launched their street food business to champion savoury waffles. The Dumbwaiter popped over to Broadgate Circle this week to sample their offering including the Vatican, a waffle stuffed with pesto, mozzarella and chicken, and the Number 24 that came with mango, chilli and prawns. And for those of you with a sweet tooth, don't worry, they have one of those too.
It was a brilliant, uplifting evening at The Store X last Thursday when a stellar group of chefs created a banquet to raise funds for the Help Refugees UK charity. There were no egos on show from Merlin Labron-Johnson, Skye Gyngell, Nuno Mendes, Thomasina Miers and Imad Arnab, all sharing a tiny kitchen and Lazy Susan was a big fan of the whole menu, in which the chefs’s own personalities blended. Delicate grilled radicchio and hearty venison faggots were particularly harmonious.
Catering firm rhubarb have just opened a restaurant at the new Hudsons Yard development in New York but here in London they've recently opened VIVI in Centre Point. The large restaurant with views across to Oxford Street and the new Tottenham Court Road crossrail station serves some old school classics such as prawn cocktail and caesear salad. However, the Dumbwaiter got most excited by the raspberry ripple arctic roll.