To celebrate its 5th anniversary, City Social in Tower 42 put on a special dinner where Jason Atherton cooked a five course meal with his head chefs from Sosharu, Pollen Street Social, Berners Tavern, Social Eating House and Paul Walsh of City Social, who served a main course of braised Irish beef short rib, celery, watercress and red wine sauce.
The team behind Manhattan restaurant Scarpetta are soon to open Sette in the Bulgari hotel in Knightsbridge. The restaurant space - now on the ground floor - will have its own entrance of Knightsbridge Green. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed a special preview dinner to sample some of the menu. He'll definitely be back for their signature pasta with tomato and basil.
The Dumbwaiter isn't always the biggest fan of brunch - it can often be too much breakfast and not enough lunch. That being said, he did enjoy the bavette and fried eggs on the new brunch menu at St Leonards last Saturday. Be sure to order some of the grilled cheese sandwiches to snack on with a bloody Mary, too.
Forced to close due to severe flooding barely a year after opening, one could have forgiven co-owners Katie Exton and Peter Hall for shutting the doors for good. Fortunately for the Dumbwaiter Lorne reopened in September last year and was full to bursting on Thursday night. There are some delightful small touches on the menu, like the kombu crackers atop venison tartare and the delicious mini shepherd’s pie accompanying a hogget cutlet. Not forgetting the lovely team, who are on hand to aid even the most indecisive of customers on a perfect match from the wine list.
To celebrate the publication of the Food Issue of their magazine, Claridge's hosted a dinner on Monday evening. Chef Martyn Nail served his now infamous lobster wellington which the Dumbwaiter enjoyed sharing with Fiona Leahy, Tom Parker Bowles and Marcus Wareing.
The Dumbwaiter got his game of thrones fix at The Vaults at Waterloo this week. 'Dinner is Coming' is a suitably rowdy immersive experience with a healthy dose of theatre and comedy, all culminating in an actual banquet. Aside from the cast, the star of the show was the slow cooked lamb shoulder. No spoilers please.