Published 7 May 2021
by the CODE team
From London Bridge to Ladbroke Grove, here are the best things the CODE team ate this week
When a WhatsApp flashed up saying, “Daffodil Mulligan for lunch soon?”, I did wonder after I immediately accepted, where we’d be dining thanks to these ludicrous outdoor hospitality only rules. It turns out Richard Corrigan’s Old Street restaurant has use of a large courtyard space behind the restaurant. A pint of the black stuff, oysters, beef tartare, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and a big slab of Peter Hannan’s beef makes even the coldest of London days bearable.
Adam Hyman, founder
Yes there were hot water bottles on a less-than-temperate evening over in Ladbroke Grove, but the buzz of the cactus disco and the deliciousness of langoustines over piquant tomato rice made up for it. It looks like Stevie Parle’s chic terrace restaurant is here till at least June so don’t miss out (and get the pandan cheesecake too!)
Lisa Markwell, editor
It’s definitely not the way the team – led by executive chef Vivek Singh – imagined marking its 20th anniversary, but The Cinnamon Club has most certainly made the best of a bad situation. The 20th anniversary meal kit celebrates the restaurant’s journey over the past two decades, delivering some of the guest’s favourite dishes from over the years. The portion sizes are generous, but everything is easy to make and a true delight to eat. The 24 hour cooked black lentils are so simple yet so good, the grilled cauliflower the best I’ve tasted, and the mango shrikhand dessert satisfied my sweet tooth to finish. Maybe it’s not such a bad thing if meal kits are here to stay, after all.
Harriet Prior, staff writer
When I first found myself in Fulham for the day ten odd years ago, I asked someone for a quick lunch recommendation. I ended up at what is now Local Hero on the Fulham Road. I have no idea if it has been Local Hero all this time, or if it has changed hands over the interim years, but it seemed remarkably familiar when I dropped in for lunch a couple of times this week. I can now recommend both finding a spot in the garden for brunch or grabbing a sandwich to go. The ham, cheese, and tomato sandwich in all its garlicky aioli toasty goodness is dangerously tasty.
Will Lake, COO
For those familiar with my dining habits, I could eat – and often do eat – chicken most days. Since Casa do Frango opened their second London site near where I live it’s been a regular pit stop for me for their piri piri chicken. Despite not having eaten there for well over a year, it’s good to be able to report back that their chicken is still as tasty as ever.
Adam Hyman, founder