The Dumbwaiter’s Best Bites of the Week: 28 February 2020

Published 28 February 2020

Melbourne mars cheesecake ball, Timmy Green

Chiacchiere, Harry's Bar James Street

Arianna pizza, Zia Lucia

Paddock Farm pork chop, Delica pumpkin, capers and luscious, sage scented butter, Emile

From Buenos Aires to Brewer Street. Here are The Dumbwaiter’s best bites of the week.


Better late than too late… Lazy Susan dashed to Emile to catch Damian Clisby and Nick Gibson’s temporary restaurant before it closes on 14 March and her only regret was not going sooner. Such a cosy, convivial room with a jaunty wine list and appealing menu. Snowdrifts of cheese on Lincolnshire Poacher croquettes and again over gorgeous roasted celeriac, but Mr & Mrs Susan were particularly wowed by a Paddock Farm pork chop to share, with fudgy Delica pumpkin, capers and luscious, sage scented butter. We can’t wait for the announcement of where they take their smash-hit hospitality next…

Melbourne mars cheesecake ball, Timmy Green

Don Julio

Asking for recommendations in Buenos Aires, one name appeared time and again. Steak at Don Julio, in the city’s trendy neighbourhood of Palermo, is somewhat of a rite of passage for any visitor to the ‘Paris of South America’. Go for a late lunch to avoid the queue, and order a T-bone to share, along with a bottle of Videla Dorna Calfulén Reserva and you will leave very happy indeed.

Timmy Green

Usually known for their famous bottomless brunch, the Dumbwaiter headed over to Timmy Green’s to try out their new evening menu. Part of the Daisy Green collection, the all-day Australian restaurant is located in Nova – helping to bring a cheery buzz to a somewhat imposing corner of Victoria. The beef shin cigarillos with tamarind to start were delicious and finishing with the Melbourne Mars bar cheesecake ball was a childhood dream.

Chiacchiere, Harry's Bar James Street

Harry’s Bar

There’s certainly no shortage of places to eat in Marylebone, but with just about everything you could wish for on its extensive menu, Harry’s Bar James Street is certainly a good option. If, like the Dumbwaiter, you’re not sure where to begin, be sure to order a garlic and rosemary flatbread whilst you make your mind up. Both the pumpkin and ricotta cannelloni and the seafood spaghetti won’t disappoint, but the stand out dish for The Dumbwaiter was the dessert: chiacchiere (Italian fried pastries) with chocolate dipping sauce, washed down with a white hot chocolate.

Zia Lucia

The Dumbwaiter was in Aldgate East this week to try the newest incarnation from neighbourhood pizzeria specialists Zia Lucia. Fresh from their recent success of Berto Pasta on Holloway Road, the standout pizza was the ‘Arianna’ with mozzarella, fresh sausage, taleggio goat cheese, pecorino cheese & truffle honey, perfectly complimented by a couple of excellent negronis.

Arianna pizza, Zia Lucia

Mele e Pere

It’s likely got something to do with the never-ending stream of Italian restaurants popping up across the capital, but the Dumbwaiter was in need of a pizza and pasta fix this week. A large plate of taglierini with a generous helping Umbria black truffle from Mele e Pere certainly did the trick. Go early to have a drink on the ground floor Apertivo Bar before heading down to the cosy basement space for dinner.
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