Team CODE had dinner at the Wellington Club and in between the restaurant gossip, gave the new menu a good workout. Refreshingly, the lighting was more for flattering the guests and less for Instagramming food so although it looks rather pink, a starter of scallops with crisp pancetta and griddled corn was harmonious and delicious. A vast, tender porterhouse steak to share with triple-cooked chips was a classic, while cheeses from neighbour Paxton & Whitfield finished things off strongly.
With the recent abundance of "Wine Bars with Small Plates" it can be easy to get lost in the noise. The Laughing Heart however is leading from the front, a result of the sterling educating service, eclectic wine list and a variety of well executed dishes. The Dumbwaiter particularly enjoyed the hyper-seasonal white asparagus and scallops.
The Dumbwaiter found himself in Parsons Green last weekend which meant he got the chance to dine at Koji. This neighbourhood restaurant serves some of the best Japanese food in London including their fillet mignon tacos.
The original ROKA on Charlotte Street is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year and it still remains one of The Dumbwaiter's favourite restaurants in London. Lunch there this week The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a number of his favourite dishes but it was the first time he'd ever got to try their rather impressive selection of desserts.