To Vauxhall for a leisurely weekend brunch at Brunswick House – and not an avocado in sight (hurrah!). The menu, now under direction of Andrew Clarke as well as Jackson Boxer, is a tempting thing: chargrilled calçots, mullet crudo, Old Spot rillettes… Very comforting, but classy cooking. To mark the end of National Pie Week, the ox cheek and kidney pie beckoned with a side of Pink Firs and wild garlic. To drink? Fizz. Mais bien sur.
Sunday night for Hélène Darroze means one thing and one thing only: roast chicken. The two Michelin star chef has introduced a special chicken menu at her restaurant at the Connaught. For £95 for two people, Le Poulet du Dimanche menu is made of up of six courses with the highlight, the breast of chicken with truffle stuffing.
Attending Manchester’s NRB during the week, the Dumbwaiter was fortunate enough to hear some purls of wisdom from the Observer’s restaurant critic Jay Rayner. To dinner at Evelyn’s - opened by the Arshad brothers, also responsible for the excellent Mughli in Rusholme and Damson & Co in Soho. He enjoyed Korean fried chicken, grilled aubergine and masala sea bream with spiced chickpeas, apple and shallots.
The Dumbwaiter was showing some out-of-towners Fitzrovia during the week and thought swinging by Homeslice for a slice of pizza mid tour would go down well. The Wells Street site was thumping with locals tucking into their 20-inch pizzas. We opted for a slice of salami pizza with rocket and parmesan.
The Dumbwaiter was back at old favourite, The Clove Club, where the wine list continues to expand with ever more interesting options. Fusing wine and food was a 100-year-old madeira served with duck consommé.
An overnight trip to Oxfordshire, where The Dumbwaiter arrived to glorious weather at Soho Farmhouse. After a tour around by the farm hand, he relaxed in the winter sunshine in the courtyard and had a late lunch of cod with lentils and chorizo.