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Over the past decade or so, we’ve seen some London neighbourhoods develop a culinary reputation. King's Cross, Peckham, Hackney and Stoke Newington are just some of those that have flourished and become restaurant destinations. But now we’re noticing that a real old-timer is coming back on the radar. Chelsea has always been a bit of a funny area for restaurants, but 2019 sees some exciting new names and big hitters arriving.

There’s Kutir from chef Rohit Ghai, which is already open, and the newly announced Myrtle (for more details see below). Larger scale is the imminent launch of Adam Handling at the Belmond Cadogan hotel - and there’s the long-awaited Hôtel Costes too, at Sloane Square, bringing some Parisian chic to the area.

CODE likes the idea of there being a buzz in Chelsea and looks forward to knowing the No. 19 bus route just as well as the eastern reaches of the Overground.

Have a good week.



Next month sees chef Anna Haugh open her first solo restaurant, named Myrtle, in Chelsea. Haugh will put the menus' emphasis on good local, seasonal produce from her native Ireland. She had previously headed up Bob Bob Ricard and worked with Gordon Ramsay and Phil Howard and the restaurant name, Hot Dinners reports, is likely to be a reference to the Ballymaloe chef Myrtle Allen.

Home Grown

Home Grown, the entrepreneur-focused private members’ club from the Home House stable, opens on 3 April. Based on Great Cumberland Place, the club will have a restaurant, Study Café and bar and will, in addition, run a series of dinners and talks to encourage businesspeople to share their knowledge and network. There are already some big names from food and beverage lined up.

Cent Anni

Neighbourhood restaurants continue to catch the eye, with cosier rooms and menus designed for repeat visits. Next up, in Wimbledon, is Cent Anni, a modern Italian space. It’s the idea of Ray de Fazio, who already runs locally-popular Med Kitchen (Kensington) and Café Med (St John’s Wood). The 100-seat space, formerly Cau, is due to open in late March.

Who's Cooking Dinner

In two weeks’ time, the big hitter of hospitality charity events takes place at The Dorchester. Who’s Cooking Dinner, now in its 20th year, sees culinary stars take on a table each, with diners not knowing their chef till they arrive. The event supports the Leuka charity and is the brainchild of industry stalwarts Chris Corbin and Peter Gordon. More information here


Lots going on imminently, including Dalston’s EartH Kitchen, open now… The already buzzed-about Gloria, in Shoreditch, opens officially on 22 February… Next up from the folk behind Bright and P Franco, Hackney’s Peg, is feeding a no-doubt keen fanbase from Wednesday… Angelina, the Japanese/Italian in Dalston which we wrote about way back in November, launches on Wednesday too…

... and closing

CODE was sad to hear that Neo Bistro has now closed, despite the restaurant, from the Anglo team, being popular with critics and diners. Chef Alex Harper (who won the best chef title at the YBFs in 2017) had left at the end of 2017 and founder Mark Jarvis left in December 2018 to focus on Anglo and Stem…

Ann-Sophie Pic

To celebrate International Women’s Day, stellar chefs Anne-Sophie Pic (above) and Clare Smyth are joining forces for a special event on 11 March at London’s La Dame de Pic. CODE can’t think of stronger role models - or a more delicious menu of both chefs’ signature dishes. More details here

Diego Muñoz

They say chefs are the new rock stars, so it naturally follows that they go on tour. Celebrated Peruvian chef Diego Muñoz visits London, Moscow and Istanbul (where he was head chef at EDITION before launching the pioneering ATMAN in Lima). The tour kicks off in London on 4 March with our own culinary front-man, Jason Atherton.

Junior Sommelier, Noble Rot

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Assistant GM, Padella Restaurant

Founded on a commitment that everything is made from scratch, reflecting the best produce available to make life-changing pasta.
Backed up with extensive training to foster a deep understanding of our ingredients and practices; Our AGM will feel comfortable with these, as well as having an excellent eye for financials and processes enabling them to inspire this throughout the team, providing a dynamic place to work and grow.

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Head Chef, Parsons


Parsons is a small, independent Seafood restaurant a stone's throw from Covent Garden with sister restaurant The 10 Cases, across the road. We opened in late 2017 to excellent reviews (FT, The Times, Observer, Evening Standard).

We are looking for a quality obsessed chef to lead a strong, stable and eager team that is passionate about sustainability and having a healthy work/life balance.

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Sous Chef, 144 on the Hill

The newly created restaurant provides an iconic setting for an eclectic combination of locally sourced ingredients, selected by our Chef to create a ‘Turf to Table’ inspired menu that changes with the seasons.
The robust menu includes classic British favourites, sharing plates, a nod to the local environment and embraces appetising vegan dishes, all prepared from scratch in our kitchen by our team of talented chefs.

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The Dumbwaiter joined an industry gathering at the Corinthia last week to celebrate the arrival of chef André Garrett at the hotel's Northall restaurant. Guests enjoyed Champagne, foie gras and oysters but were probably not expecting the surprise appearance from Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem who were dining in the restaurant. 

Staff at the Kilburn branch of McDonalds were unfazed by providing Giles Coren and his son Sam with the newly launched table service, despite him filming it all on Insta stories. Watch out Carluccio’s though – he might be coming for their trial of ‘formal evening service’ next…

He could have sworn that when it was announced, the World Restaurant Awards (taking place tonight in Paris) was going to be televised – but the Dumbwaiter can’t find it on any TV listings. Luckily chefs are so active on social media we’ll be sure to hear the news. Good luck to local stars Kiln, Ikoyi, Black Axe Mangal, Cub, Otto’s, Noble Rot and Clare Smyth.

The Dumbwaiter doffs his cap to all the team and visiting chefs to Northcote – this year’s uber-culinary pop-up, Obsession 19, raised more than £40k for Hospitality Action.

From Green Lanes to Gillingham Street. Click here for The Dumbwaiter's Best Bites of the week.

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Electric Diner
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The Drop

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