The Dumbwaiter’s Best Bites of the Week: 13 March 2020

Published 13 March 2020

Aubergine polpette and straciatella, Lina Stores

'Mac and Cheese', Middlethorpe Hall

Roast cauliflower, truffle and Wensleydale, Morty & Bobs

Mixed sashimi, 34 Mayfair

Samosa Chaat, Romy Gill MBE

From Greek street to Grosvenor square. Here are The Dumbwaiter’s best bites of the week.

CODE x Clerkenwell Boy International Women’s Day Dinner

There was so much warmth, cameraderie and talent in the room last Monday as CODE and Clerkenwell Boy co-hosted a special International Women’s Day dinner at White City House. Chefs Romy Gill, Selin Kiazim, Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Nieves Barragan and Monica Galetti each took a course and cooked a dish with special memories of their mother or grandmother and, as CODE’s Lisa Markwell introduced them, told a story from their cooking history. And as we all know, food cooked with love tastes even more special…

Aubergine polpette and straciatella, Lina Stores

Lina Stores

Arriving exactly 75 years since its first opening in Soho, Lina Stores Kings Cross is a restaurant and adjacent delicatessen for that full Italian experience… Inside is retro-styled with mint green & the discreet aperitivo bar towards the back makes the space feel bigger. The first arrivals from the menu included creamy stracciatella with scorched tomatoes and some delightful aubergine polpette. The 30 egg yolk Taglioni was rich and buttery, complimenting the jerusalem artichoke ravioli and wonderfully spicy charred cabbage perfectly. A few Negronis later… (and a lemon tart and cannolo too) even the London rain couldn’t detract from our Italian holiday.

'Mac and Cheese', Middlethorpe Hall

Middlethorpe Hall

The Dumbwaiter escaped the panic in the capital to spend the weekend in God’s own county at the beautiful Middlethorpe Hall. Amongst massages at the spa and walks in the 20 acres of gardens, The Dumbwaiter just about had time for dinner in the hotel restaurant (Yorkshire produce is a staple on the menu), and a drink in the cosy drawing room. Make sure to start the day with their ‘Yorkshire breakfast’ and a proper Yorkshire brew.

Roast cauliflower, truffle and Wensleydale, Morty & Bobs

Morty & Bobs

Whilst The Dumbwaiter has never been particularly enamoured with wine and cheese evenings, throwing toasties in the mix made it hard to turn down. Having heard whispers that Morty & Bobs serve the best toasties around, after spending a night in the Coal Drop’s Yard establishment The Dumbwaiter can confirm this to be true. Particular highlights were the roast cauliflower, truffle and Wensleydale toastie (cauliflower cheese fans – this one’s for you) and the M&B classic straight up with spiced aubergine. Wines selected by the sommelier perfectly complimented the toasties, too. To purchase tickets to the next event, click here

Mixed sashimi, 34 Mayfair

34 Mayfair

Despite the current situation with coronavirus, it was nice to see that a number of restaurants in Mayfair were busy on Thursday lunchtime. The Dumbwaiter could barely get a seat at Cecconi’s for a coffee following his lunch at 34 on South Audley Street. And the Caprice Holdings restaurant was also busy with a nice mixture of suits, creatives and some wedding guests. The Dumbwaiter opted for steak frites for his main course but enjoyed a plate of sashimi to start.

Osteria Wolf

Osteria Wolf is a relatively new addition to Stoke Newington High Street; a buzzy neighbourhood spot for authentic Italian food and a great wine list. It goes without saying that the cacio e pepe and the pappardelle al ragu are stellar, but the mussels with nduja and fennel were pretty good, too. Make sure to leave room for a generous helping of tiramisu.

Pappardelle with lamb shoulder ragu, Osteria

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