The Dumbwaiter noted a while ago that SW3's restaurant scene is starting to become more interesting with a handful of new openings. One of which is Sloane Place - a new public facing restaurant on Lower Sloane Street that is owned by the Sloane Club. The neighbourhood restaurant is a welcome spot for locals to pop in for an early breakfast or a casual supper with a very appealing all-day menu.
With a platter of beef, pork and lamb chops piled atop garlicky flatbread and served with a choice of sides, all for just 20 quid (and £5 cocktails to boot), Blacklock has surely got to be one of the best value and most enjoyable meals in The City. Just make sure you don’t leave without a generous helping of cheesecake, served straight from the tray.
Great music in a packed converted warehouse on a Friday afternoon? No, the Dumbwaiter hasn't popped over to Berlin for a weekend but to Peckham (which, at times, isn't all that dissimilar) for a proper Italian feast at Forza Win, which as gone from pop-up to South London legendary status in a relatively short amount of time. After ploughing through piles of stellar freshly made pasta of all shapes and sizes - Pappardelle al Coniglio the particular highlight - not to mention whole Mammole artichoke and an obligatory insta-friendly burrata. The Dumbwaiter thought it best to finish the meal with several rounds of house made limoncello and negronis. Full disclosure: a member of the CODE team does occasionally hop on the pots and pans at Forza Win #notanad
Located in the former 28-50 basement site on Fetter Lane, Clifford’s is the first solo venture from chef Gemma Ellis (previously of the Harwood Arms). The location lends the wine bar a largely legal clientele but Ellis’s smart and simple menu is deserving of a wider audience. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a timely Passion of the Christ martini, an asparagus starter and a wild garlic chicken Kiev - an ode to spring.