On a dark, quiet weeknight on Columbia Road the lights of Brawn restaurant glow enticingly. Lazy Susan paid a long overdue visit this week and was immediately enamored by the effortless service and simple but impeccable dishes coming out of the open kitchen. Whilst enjoying parmesan fritters, sweetbreads, ravioli and a juicy bottle of Beaujolais, Lazy Susan spotted the Terriors team working through the wine list, as well as a US comedian and TV star on an inconspicuous dinner date.
As soon as photos for new Sri Lankan style restaurant Kolamba were released, The Dumbwaiter coukdn't wait to go and visit. A restaurant that celebrates home cooking, many of the dishes on the menu have been contributed by people back home in Sri Lanka. Highlights from the menu included the cashew nut and malu miris curry with a dash of coconut milk, the black pepper prawn fry, parripu featuring red split lentils with turmeric and tempered spices, and of course if you have a sweet tooth like the Dumbwaiter, the caramelised pineapple with vanilla ice cream. With the owners growing up in Colombo, a hub of ethnic diversity, the restaurant is a melting pot of influences.
Having had the pleasure of meeting chef João Ferreira at Michelin-starred restaurant Portland, The Dumbwaiter was excited to hear of the launch of his first solo venture along with co-founder sommelier Carolina Seibel. An excellent addition to Stoke Newington’s ever-growing food scene, with a great wine list to match. Highlights include mains of octopus and duck breast, along with a dessert of hay-flavoured mousse with lychees and lemon verbena granita, topped with charcoal meringue – intriguing and delicious in equal measures.
Tucked down an alleyway in the Alfama neighbourhood of Lisbon is Boi Cavalo. Housed in what used to be the neighbourhood butcher's, Hugo Brito's modern take on traditional dishes is worthy of a michelin star at least and yet the prices are very much local and tourist friendly. The 5 course menu's highlights were sardine dumplings, a lupin gazpacho and braised rabbit with a rice made from the offal.
Berto Pasta on Holloway Road is the newest neighbourhood outfit from the founders of Zia Lucia (which is right next door!) and has been serving up fresh, handmade pasta for the past month. The Dumbwaiter enjoyed the melted caciocavallo and Puglian Stracciatella followed by tonnarelli cacio & pepe & buffalo ricotta ravioli with butter sage and lemon zest. Washed down with a couple of Negronis, it’s no wonder there was a queue out the door.
It’s hard to go wrong when deciding where to eat in Tel Aviv. Food is the beating heart of the city (albeit the never ending beach and wall to wall October sunshine aren’t so bad either..). From amazing hummus at Abu Hassan to something a little more refined at Dalida, the city has it all. When looking for a spot for brunch, Café Puaa in Jaffa is well worth the queue. Helpings of cauliflower, labneh and salads are generous, so be sure to ask for a doggy bag for a post beach snack before heading back out for drinks and dinner.
If you’re ready to pack your bags, why not check out our guide for 24 hours in Tel Aviv here.
Perhaps not the most obvious choice when pouring with rain, but this week the Dumbwaiter took a trip to the 32rd floor of the Shard. Whilst the views were hazy, the food certainly didn't disappoint. The lunch dish of choice was orzo pasta with wild mushrooms, spenwood cheese and autumn truffle, because what better way to get over a rainy day than a large helping of truffle?