Now just across the road from CODE HQ, it was all too easy from after work drinks at The Crown and Shuttle to roll into dinner at Smoking Goat (via a couple of cocktails at Ace Hotel whilst waiting for a table). It’s hard to go wrong, but highlights on The Dumbwaiter’s latest visit were the chilli fish sauce wings, fresh coconut and pumpkin curry and a rich smoked brisket and bone marrow Massaman curry. Until next time...
Britain's love affair with Indian food seems to be going from strength to strength, especially when it comes to the new wave of high-end Indian restaurants in London. Adding to that list is Ooty, which has opened on the former Galvin site on Baker Street. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed lunch there this week.
The Mandarin Oriental reopens just before Easter after the fire they experienced in the hotel last year. However, the hotel's F&B offerings are already open, including Dinner by the Heston. The menu has had a tweak but there's no need to worry. They still have the meat fruit.
Sunday lunch at the caff has to be one of life's greatest pleasures especially when the sun is out and the Hammersmith restaurant is bathed in spring sunshine. The Dumbwaiter and his friends were the last to leave the restaurant after a very long and enjoyable lunch.
Going out for breakfast is a favourite Lazy Susan activity – making toast is just so arduous. Luckily CODE HQ is close to a branch of Dishoom and after repeated visits, she can confirm that the now-legendary bacon naan roll is best, especially with sides of masala beans and fried chicken livers, with just enough spice to fire up the brain cells till lunch. Another CODEr confirms the chocolate chai is delicious too.
Tasting menus are often a hotly debated topic in the CODE office; 4 hours of morsels can get tedious even with the best of wine flights, but 12:51 have bucked the trend. Every Monday and Tuesday you can treat yourself to 5 courses of James Cochran's cooking for a mere £35. This isn't just set menu fodder, either. On The Dumbwaiter's last visit a dish of Ling, Agretti and Jerusalem Artichoke could fetch the cost of the menu alone at other establishments. FYI the menu is BYO; swerve the tempting £4 bottle of Blossom Hill from Sainsbury's and pay CODE favourites Humble Grape (just round the corner on Theberton Street) a visit.