It might seem a far cry now but last weekend was officially summer. So the Dumbwaiter treated himself to ice cream at Druid St Market. Blu Top's outrageously decadent ice cream sandwich with honey ice cream and pretzels (pictured).
With the pici cacio e pepe continuously cropping up on his Instagram feed of late, The Dumbwaiter couldn’t resist a return to Padella in Borough Market and as expected, had to join a small queue, which tripled in a matter of minutes. A burrata was followed by the papardelle with 8 hour Dexter beef shin ragu and aforementioned pici, he wasn’t surprised to see a number of solo diners. A post-work plate of pasta and glass of Nero D’Avola on tap, means you can catch your train and still be home before sunset.
Shaftesbury Avenue has seen a number of recent openings with Indian restaurant Talli Joe the latest offering, joining the likes of Cafe Monico, Babaji Pide, Polpo and VICO. Executive chef Sameer Taneja is ex Benares and has crafted a ‘half plates’ menu reflecting dishes from across the country. The Dumbwaiter and friends started with some kale chaat and devilled quail egg before tearing through tandoori lamb chops and banana leaf wrapped sea bass and came away feeling thoroughly impressed.
To Grasmere in Cumbria for dinner at The Forest Side. The 20-bedroom guest house opened earlier in the year with a dining room headed up by Simon Rogan-trained, Kevin Tickle. After cocktails by former Mandarin Oriental barman Bruno Vilas, The Dumbwaiter sat down to ‘The Grand ‘Un’ 11-course tasting menu. Dishes included venison pastrami with corra linn and Cumbrian milk fed lamb with heritage potatoes. The seaweed broth with kohlrabi, surf clams and marsh herbs was the most memorable dish of a meal that was well worth travelling for.
After seeing Nigella Lawson collect her award for TV Personality of the Year at the 2016 Fortnum & Mason awards, it was off around the corner to Bentley’s for dinner. Richard Corrigan’s Swallow Street restaurant was buzzing on a mild Thursday evening in town and The Dumbwaiter sat al fresco and tucked into a crispy squid, dover sole goujons and squid with chorizo, as well as enjoying a couple of glasses of white Burgundy.