Well, everyone's already talking about James Lowe's Flor (in Borough) as one of this year's smash hits, so the Dumbwaiter's Friend was lucky to get in when she did. Airy yet intimate, with confident staff and a jaunty atmosphere, it sure is great. The scarlet prawns with yuzu kosho are so good you'll barely want to stop to Instagram them... (and save space for the brown butter cakes).
The Dumbwaiter could happily sit at the counter at Scott's most days of the week. He found himself there last Friday evening enjoying dinner at the Mount Street restaurant. As always, he ordered the slip soles with a side of chips and steamed spinach.
Harry Handelsman's latest London project is now open in Stratford. The Brasserie, located on the ground floor of the hotel, serves a very accessible all day menu and has to be by far the best food offering in the local area. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed some snacks of taramasalata and radishes, along with some burrata with broad breans, grilled leek and mint before tucking into a main course of steak, and a baked Alaska to finish.
Lazy Susan went on the road last week, to Bruton in Somerset, which is turning into quite the culinary destination. She dined at the Roth Bar & Grill, where chef Steve Horrell and his wife Jules (who runs front of house), were cooking up a brilliant outdoor feast as part of the Hauser & Wirth summer party. Wood-fired peaches made a delicious pudding after lashings of lamb.
As they do every year, the Corbin & King brasserie by Piccadilly Circus invited guests to dine for free on Bastille Day if they wear a striped Breton top and a beret. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed his Sunday supper there to celebrate Bastille Day that concluded with a slice of lemon meringue pie of which apparently 1,200 portions had been baked that day.
The Dumbwaiter headed to the opening of the new Arcade Food Theatre, the latest addition to the revamped Centre Point building above Tottenham Court Road station. From piri piri chicken and pastel de nata at Casito do Frango, to sushi and sashimi at Chotto by Chotto Matte, there’s something for everyone. But the biggest queue was for the ever popular katsu sandos served up by the Tata Eatery team at their latest outpost Tou by Tata.