Published 18 December 2020
From Kiln to Kricket. Here are the best things the CODE team ate this week.
Having only ever heard good things and after 10 months of lockdown limbo I’ve been wanting to go to Kricket for what seems like a lifetime. With all the hype I’d placed on the event there was certainly a lot pressure, but it was one of those meals where you delight in finding each dish as good as the last and it becomes near impossible to choose a favourite. Having said that the hake Malabar with langoustine oil and pickled fennel disappeared from our table exceptionally fast and the Christmas special, goose vindaloo, unquestionably merits a mention.
Molly Wade, partners & memberships
My wife and I rather unwittingly fell into a Christmas tradition in our first year of dating. One year we decided to branch out and go somewhere different, but it just wasn’t quite the same. So back we went to Hakkasan, Hanway Place, where dim sum Sundays have been replaced by weekend brunch, but fortunately nothing’s really changed, as it hasn’t for the past six years. This year we’re entrusted to mix and serve our own crispy duck salad (thanks covid…), which threatens to take away some of it’s charm, but it remains one of my favourite dishes of all time. Beautifully crafted dim sum and flowing Louis Roederer champagne all add to the charm and will keep us coming back for years to come.
Will Lake, COO
For lunch on the last day before Tier 3 was imposed on London, I knew I wanted something I’d never be able to even attempt at home. Kiln is the place for complex and nuanced flavours, amazing ingredients and always a welcoming, buzzy atmosphere. A new fried curry of monkfish and its liver was an absolute knockout, and the claypot glass noodles with Tamworth pork belly and brown crab meat is surely one of London’s must-order dishes. Farewell for now to Kiln and its lovely staff. Hope to see you soon.
Lisa Markwell, editor
At-home kits have been a saving grace over the past few months; yes, you’ve still got to do the washing up, but that is, just about, a price I’m willing to pay. Iberica’s ‘Feast at Home’ kit is a real celebration of Spanish food; on the menu is a marinated leg of lamb, Iberica pulpo and prawns with aioli, along with classic favourites like pan con tomate and iberico ham. Though it might look overwhelming at first, the kit comes with detailed instructions on how to bring everything together, so its pretty fail-safe. A definite pick-me-up during a grey (made greyer by the arrival of new tier 3 restrictions) December!
Minna Gabbertas, partners & memberships
In what is likely to be have been the last restaurant meal out until February 2021, I chose one of my favorites for the last supper. And, of course, it was always going to be the set menu of carrot rappe followed by steak hache at Brasserie Zédel.
Adam Hyman, founder