view as webpage


We have some of the best galleries, museums and cultural institutions in London but their food and drink offerings often miss the mark – either the food too fussy or the space lacking any atmosphere. When you compare the offerings in places like New York – Danny Meyer’s The Modern at MoMa and Untitled at the Whitney spring to mind – or Bar Luce at the Fondazione Prada in Milan, London seems to be lagging behind.

A little like hotel restaurants – the destination itself needs to attract Londoners, not just tourists. Skye Gyngell’s Spring at Somerset House is a good example of doing this and last Friday evening I dined at the recently opened Chucs at the Serpentine Sackler gallery in Hyde Park. Not only is their Italian menu accessible for families but there were plenty of Londoners dining in the Zaha Hadid-designed space.

Have a good week.


Cora Pearl

Covent Garden gets another much-anticipated restaurant on 18 June when Cora Pearl opens its doors. This second site for the team behind Kitty Fisher’s have again found a historic courtesan to inspire them, and the menu – from Kitty’s head chef George Barson (above) – will see touches of a London-meets-Paris decadence. Expect a blousy, intimate decor in the 60-cover restaurant which will also have an open kitchen and cocktail bar in its basement.

*CODE Hospitality is an advisor to and investor in Kitty Fisher's

Pleasant Lady

Another pleasant lady (tenuous link alert) meets the public today on Greek Street. Pleasant Lady Jian Bing Trading Stall, to give it its full name, will be serving those much-loved Chinese street food snacks, jian bing from its Soho window. Fillings for the made-to-order crisp pancakes will include eggs, cumin lamb, char siu pork and miso chicken. Co-founders Alex Peffly and Z He already run Bun House and Tea Room.


Who doesn’t love charcuterie and cheese? Winter may be over but the classic Alpine-inspired food is on offer at Alpes, the first permanent site from the founders of the Raclette Brothers. It’s good to hear that on the menu at the site in Pop Brixton will be cured meats from Cannon & Cannon and cheeses from Neal’s Yard. Expect fondue and raclette, of course, as well as one or two lighter items, when Alpes opens on 1 May.

Café Hampstead

Hampstead Heath gets a flavour of the Middle East as the all-day Café Hampstead opens - it takes as its theme the cafés of Tel Aviv (which you can read about in last season’s CODE Quarterly here). So walkers from the heath can refuel on everything from small plates of dips and breads to rich meaty dishes. There are also middle-eastern inspired breakfasts - we like the sound of granola with fresh yoghurt, pomegranate, dates and honey.


A very appealing Silician menu awaits at the new Sunday residency for Strazzanti sisters. From this weekend, they will be popping up at Fitzrovia’s SeventeenOSeven with brunch dishes such as nonna’s eggs, fennel sausage with pecorino, aubergine with salted ricotta and classic pastries. One of the three sisters running the operation is chef Emilia, who previously worked at the Dorchester and Le Meurice in Paris.

Scarlett Green

New from the Daisy Green group comes Scarlett Green, in Noel Street, Soho – and the restaurant sounds as expansive as the country it represents. So the May opening will have the biggest Australian wine list in London, a bottomless brunch (with very on-trend charcoal sourdough) and Vegemite, truffle and cheese doughnuts, for instance, although head chef Dominik Moldenhauer intends to use British produce.

Carl Clarke and
David Wolanski

The founders of Chick’n’Sours have taken the bold move of closing their hugely popular Haggerston site … But it’s only temporary, in order to double the capacity and add a late-night bar in the basement – so fans of their fried chicken will find a new menu and 65 covers when it re-opens. Clarke and Wolanski, meanwhile, are also working on a revamp of their fast-food Chick’n brand, on Baker Street.

William Sieghart

William Sieghart was on hand last Monday to announce a record-breaking total raised over the last 12 months for StreetSmart, which helps homeless and vulnerable people in the capital. Many hospitality figures joined the charity’s founder to mark 20 years of raising money by adding £1 to diners’ bills – this year the total was more than £660,000.


Pastry Chef & Sous Chef, The Good Egg

The Good Egg Soho celebrates the cuisine of Tel Aviv’s street food stalls and the flavours of the Middle East, as well as the food sold in the classic Jewish delis, grand old cafés, appetizing stores and bagel bakeries of New York and Montreal.

We’re hiring for two key positions, Sous Chef and Pastry Chef – people with the right combination of character, experience and ambition to fit into our fun kitchen team.

Click here to read more and apply


Account Manager – PR & Marketing, Me:Mo

Me:Mo is one of the leading hospitality PR agencies in the UK,  We're a mix of marketers and creatives under one roof : an agency built for the challenges of the digital age.

We're a busy, dynamic agency looking for people with a solid work ethic and a willingness to get stuck in. We're looking for a dynamic go-getter to join our team as an Account Manager.

Click here to read more and apply

Sous Chef, Petit Pois Bistro

At Petit Pois Bistro people can choose their own experience. From a traditional three-course meal to Parisian-style sharing plates, Chef Gino and his team bring classical French fare, sourcing the freshest ingredients from small producers. 

Our menu changes regularly and is always dictated by the best produce of the season. We are currently hiring for a Sous Chef to join the team. High quality restaurant experience, motivation and enthusiasm is required.

Click here to read more and apply


Jay Rayner reviews Brat, Shoreditch

Tom Parker Bowles reviews Meraki, Fitzrovia

Chefs in schools

The quarterback of the kitchen? It’s not always the chef

Tues 24 April

Wed 25 April


Thurs 26 April

Sat 28 April


Over a friends and family dinner at the new Soho House in White City last week, The Dumbwaiter discovered that Café Boheme on Old Compton Street used to have a sister site in a former hotel in Oxford.

The Dumbwaiter always enjoys seeing what the food world gets up to on Instagram and he noticed that Bloomberg critic Richard Vines was having a whale of a time last week. After hanging out with Sharleen Spiteri at the relaunch of Roux at the Landau on Wednesday evening, it was Friday lunch cooked by Eric Chavot with Albert Roux at Bob Bob Ricard.

Two of fashion’s finest, Natalie Massenet and Anya Hindmarch, were spotted tucking into cacio e pepe and rosé on Friday evening at Chucs at the Serpentine Sackler gallery.

From Southwark to Soho. Click here to read The Dumbwaiter’s best bites of the week.

Aqua Shard

Sunday - Tuesday | 30% off food

Original Sin

Sunday - Thursday | 25% off total bill

Download the CODE App Download the CODE App

Unsubscribe from this email
The CODE Bulletin is published by Nexus CODE Ltd.

Copyright © Nexus Code Limited 2017
CODE ® is a registered trade mark of Nexus Code Limited