Published 30 July 2021
by the CODE team
London Stock, nestled in the Ram quarter development in the heart of Wandsworth is a real gem. Billed as ‘elegant modern British fine dining meets innovative Asian cooking techniques’ the team offer a wonderful 8 course tasting menu with a vegetarian option. The cooking is inventive, and the service slick with a punchy cocktail list to boot. We really enjoyed the roast cod with pickled mussels, shimeji, kale, sea vegetables, soy and ginger broth and the Hay Baked celeriac. With the menu changing seasonally, you can opt for the lunchtime set menu too.
Tom Pilgrim, accounts manager
The sun made an welcome appearance for a dinner on the terrace at the The River Café on Tuesday evening. As always, the Hammersmith restaurant was buzzing. A starter of beef carpaccio with Harry’s Bar sauce followed by pappardelle with pancetta and Parmesan and juicy Barolo made the fact we still cannot travel to Italy that bit less painful.
Adam Hyman, founder
My favourite kind of restaurant kit is one you’ve forgotten you ordered. In a week when we vowed not to use the oven at all in a bid to keep our flat cool(ish), god bless that Koya predelivery reminder text from Dishpatch! Fried seasoned tofu warmed in dashi, over beautifully silky-chewy udon was light but fulfilling in a way only Japanese broths can be.
Sam Selwood, accounts manager
Wildfarmed grain are on a mission to fix the food system, one pizza, pastry and plate of pasta at a time. Their regeneratively farmed grain is freshly stone-milled, full of nutrients and nutty flavour and unanimously loved by the industry’s best chefs and bakers. This week a five-night line up of chefs celebrated the cause at Silas Yard. On Wednesday it was pasta from Burro e Salvia with chef Mitchell Damota serving up beautiful plates of tortelli with parmigiano reggiano, butter and summer truffle and orechiette with sausage ragu. Wine was on tap from Borough Wines’ Sustainable Wine Solutions and for dessert, the always-excellent ice cream sandwiches from Happy Endings.
Chloë Hamilton, content manager
Argentinian chef Fernando Trocca has arrived in London with his new restaurant Sucre. Housed in a former music school on Great Marlborough Street in Soho, the Latin American restaurant has two of the finest front of house in the business waiting to meet and greet with general manager Sam Jewel and guest relations David Gjytetza. Dishes include scallop tiradito, empanadas and veal sweetbreads. The chunky Argentinian flatbreads are worth popping in for by themselves with a big dollop of warm butter.
Adam Hyman, founder
Time is always different in a hotel. People sit in the lounge, waiting for this or that – but timelessness is something brunch is meant to capture. It is a feast of fluidity. Head Chef Chris Gillard, formerly of St John, unabashedly champions the flavours that are missing from breakfast. With snacks like pig cheek brioche and rockefeller oysters, you are well set up for the reuben hash, eel kedgeree and polenta of the mains. With this philosophy of food that packs a punch, it is advisable to pair food with a smokey bloody mary, or its like, to make sure the day is well and truly spent.
Céire Carey, team assistant
A sure sign that a fantastic meal lies ahead of you is in a well put together breadbasket. At Ampéli, a generous portion of warmed flat bread, olive oil grilled sourdough and crisp crackers is accompanied with a bowl of whipped feta for dipping and is extremely good. As predicted then, the rest of the meals follows suit with dishes of delicious black garlic marinated aubergine, wild bass ceviche and grilled pork chop with crispy patates and citrus mayonnaise and dill. Round the evening off with a METAXA negroni and a plate of loukoumades – warm, cinnamon doughnuts with chocolate sauce and you’ll be very, very satisfied.
Molly Wade, memberships manager