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It’s very easy to get caught up in the buzz of landing in a foreign city and being wowed by its restaurant and bar scene. We’ve all done it, whether exploring the narrow, sweaty streets of Bangkok, Ubering between restaurants in LA or pedalling around Copenhagen fuelled on fresh coffee. 'Why don’t we have somewhere like this back home?' We think. 'The buzz in here is off the charts - what do we have like this? This is a proper 24 hour city - everywhere in London closes so early!’ (Although this is a valid moan).

Tasked with taking a few of the team from a New York restaurant around some spots in London last week, it was a very useful reminder of not only how diverse and vibrant our hospitality scene is, but one that we should all be very proud of. We may currently be the laughing stock of the world when it comes to our politics, but at least we no longer have to defend our food and drink - because it speaks for itself.

Have a good week.



Adding to its roster of impressive restaurants is the Woodhead group, who have announced a sister to Quality Chop House, Portland and Clipstone. Emilia will open on 26 April on the Mayfair site of Bonhams restaurant with a cafe and bar on the ground floor and dining room above, with Stuart Andrew, head chef of Clipstone, leading the kitchen, which will serve a menu with an Italian focus (‘Emilia’ Romagna).

It's Pleat

Meanwhile may be less haute than an auction house, but H&M has a loyal following and those customers will be delighted to hear that the brand is opening a Swedish café inside its new home store on Regent Street. It’s Pleat (curious name) will be H&M’s second UK cafe, launches on 26 April and will serve very on-brand reasonably priced salads, sandwiches smoothies, snacks and vegan choices all day, in decomposable packaging.

Suzi Tros

Adrien Carre and Christina Mouratoglou, the couple behind Mazi, are opening another restaurant in Hillgate Village, a subsection of Notting Hill that seems to be abuzz with new places to eat. Suzi Tros will serve a Greek-inspired menu of small plates at a counter and dining space, in addition to cocktails. Due to open in May, Suzi Tros will be a seven-day operation and will not take reservations.


Following the closure of Foxlow in Soho, it was quickly (and unofficially) said to be becoming a new restaurant titled Pacific, from chef Shaun Presland. Previously executive chef at the Sake restaurant group - part of Rockpool - in Australia, he had announced he wanted to open a site in London last year. Now it’s confirmed as Pacific, which will open later in the year; more details to follow.


On Wednesday, chef Tania Steytler will open Jeow Jeow, serving Laotian and Thai food, as the next pop-up occupant of The Sun & 13 Cantons pub in Soho… The Soak will open later this month in Terminus Place, Victoria, with a menu focused on fermenting, soaking, steeping and brining techniques… The much-anticipated next launch from Corbin & King, Soutine in St John’s Wood, is expected to open during the week commencing 29 April…

... and closing

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Covent Garden has just closed, but there is talk that may be replaced by a Comptoir later in the year, on Clarges Street… Foxlow is shuttering its Soho branch on Lower James Street on Thursday…

Leandro Carreira

CODE had previously noted plans for The Sea, The Sea, a new fishmonger, deli and restaurant in Chelsea from Alex Hunter, co-founder of Bonnie Gull, but the executive chef has now been named. Leandro Carreira comes with a very strong pedigree, having formerly run his own place, Londrino, in London Bridge. The new site will open at the end of next week.

Bert Blaize

Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke have hired Bert Blaize to be group beverage director. He will oversee the bars and wine lists at Brunswick House, St Leonards and Orasay - in particular based at Shoreditch, running pairing sessions. Blaize has worked at many of London’s most forward-thinking restaurants and this year has been nominated for Flint Wines Top Young Sommelier, and shortlisted for the Imbibe Sommelier of The Year.

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Tuesday April 16

Yard Sale Pizza x Matty Matheson
Wednesday April 17

Burger & Beyond x Mikkeller

Roof East Summer opening with SFG Club and Roof Eats

Plastic Freedom Pop Up Shop at Spring

Friday April 19

Easter at Orrery
Sunday April 21

Easter Sunday at Ikoyi

At the Scotch Egg Challenge at the Canonbury Tavern the other night, high drama when one of the chefs managed to cut a huge chunk out of his own finger and had to dash off to A&E with claret all over his whites. Showing a soft (not hard-boiled) side, a competing chef stepped in to finish off his creation.

Shortlists announced all over the shop this week: Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards and the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards. The Dumbwaiter congratulates all those nominated but feels a tad disappointed that the F&M shindig is at lunchtime this year, rather that at night - when the well-refreshed partygoers would divulge more gossip…

Far be it from the Dumbwaiter’s mind to enjoy another’s misfortune, but chefs and restaurateurs (and a few vegans) might want to catch Pointless Celebrities from Saturday on the iPlayer. Critics William Sitwell and Grace Dent got… shall we say… roasted.

From Mayfair to Marylebone. Here are the Dumbwaiter's Best Bites of the Week.

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