The best dishes of last week 28.03.16

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.

Taste of London 2016

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.

Padella Borough Market

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.

L'Escargot

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.

Dishoom lamb chops

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 – exec chef Calum Franklin certainly knows what he’s doing with a pastry brush.

Holborn Dining Room

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.

Claridge's Easter egg

7. Easter Sunday lunch; a shoulder of Spring lamb studded with garlic and rosemary cooked by moi.

Spring lamb

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