1. To a party thrown by Taste of London at The Grill at The Dorchester (stupendous looking dining room that place) to celebrate what we can expect from Taste 2016. Looks like this year’s foodie festival in Regent’s Park will be almost as big and beautiful as this cake.
2. Perfect simplicity is a wonderful thing and Padella in Borough Market, a new pasta restaurant from the team behind Trullo in Islington, have got it bang on the money. A simple menu, simple surroundings and the best pappardelle with beef ragu you’re likely to find. Simples.
3. A dinner in the gorgeous Green Room at L’Escargot (London’s oldest French restaurant) reminded me how much I love that place. This tartes Bourdaloue (pear and almond), with its firm pastry bottom, was the end to a rather raucous evening. 5/5.
4. Lunchtime ‘hanger’ was saved by Dishoom Kings X after we were told by recently opened Lighterman in Granary Square they wouldn’t be able to serve us due to being fully booked / closing between lunch and dinner / the tills not working properly. Thank the heavens for lamb chops eh.
5. To dinner at Holborn Dining Room (where I met City AM’s Steve Dinneen for the first time – lovely chap). We tucked into lobster thermidor tarts, XL scallops and steamed treacle sponge. This special of beef wellington was a fine example of a classic – execÂ chef Calum Franklin certainly knows what he’s doing with a pastryÂ brush.
6. There’s only one way to spend Easter at the parent’s house; sitting in the sunshine (or what we had of it) cracking into a cracking easter egg courtesy of Claridge’s. The chocolate truffle gull’s eggs inside were quite a surprise.
7. Easter Sunday lunch; a shoulder of Spring lamb studded with garlic and rosemary cooked by moi.
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